Saxophonist Branford Marsalis poses with smiling VCU Music faculty after April’s master class.

Kudos: April 2014

  • James Waterhouse (BME ’72) recently completed five years as principal Organist and Accompanist at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, VA. and simultaneously at Haymarket Baptist Church in Haymarket, VA. His recent choral and instrumental compositions and arrangements are now available from JWPepper.com.
  • Sophomore Margaret Mayes won 2nd place in her division at the Mid-Atlantic auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing on April 4th, which is comprised of singers from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.
  • Nichole Savage (’13) will be playing Beth in Capitol Opera’s upcoming production of Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land. She is also currently the Minister of Music at Central United Methodist Church and the lead singer of Richmond world/fusion band Karamazov.  Savage also recently became a patroness member of the Richmond Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.
  • Nick Bonadies, a Senior Piano Performance major, has been accepted to the Royal Academy of Music in London where he will be pursuing a Master of Arts Piano Performance.
  • Richmond’s No BS! Brass performed at the sold out opening of the Broadberry on April 17th. Owned and operated by those behind popular Richmond hangouts The Camel and Joes Inn, The Broadberry is Richmond’s newest live music venue. No BS! Brass is home to professors Bryan Hooten and Taylor Barnett, alumnus Reggie Pace, and recent graduate Sam Koff.
  • Alumnus Douglas-Jayd Burn has been accepted to University of Arizona School of Music on full scholarship. His studies will also include a teaching assistantship.
  • Marcus Grant has received the Graduate Tuition Award from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and will begin attending this fall. 
  • VCU Jazz’s Africa Combo travelled to Norfolk, Virginia to perform for the Governor’s School for the Arts.  The ensemble is comprised of six students participating in an ongoing cultural exchange with jazz musicians from the University of Kwazula-Natal in Durban, South Africa.
  • Violinist Chanel Hurt received a Edwin Johonnott Scholarship from the Virginia Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
  • Alumna Stephanie Auld will be attending the Petri School of Music in the fall to pursue her Master of Music in Vocal Performance.
  • Spacebomb East, operated by several VCU Music Alumni, opened its downtown location in Richmond this month. Spacebomb East is a record label and hub for music production and music publishing projects. It is and has already established a relationship with over 20 former students and some current professors.
  • Sophomore Lanjiabao Ge won the March 2014 Sigma Alpha Iota Scholarship Competition, which was open to all instrumental and vocal areas of VCU Department of Music. In addition to a cash prize, Lanjiabao will perform for the SAI Alumnae Chapter.
  • Darryl Harper’s “rewarding” new album The Edenfred Files was reviewed by Jazz Times.
  • Eleven vocal students were awarded honors at the February 2014 National Association of Teachers of Singing Auditions and Conference in Shenandoah. These included two 1st place wins by Margaret Mayes and Forrest Glass.
  • Branford Marsalis, internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist and son of  jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis (who holds an honorary doctorate from VCU Music), Jr., presented a masterclass to saxophone students in early April.