Commonwealth Singers in Montreal.

VCU ensembles | May 2013: performances in Montreal and Cartagena, Kappa Kappa Psi nominated for major awards, Percussion Ensemble celebrates Earth Day.

Capitol Brass was  invited by the Fundacion Tocando Puertas (Para Abrir Futuros) to perform on tour in Cartagena, Colombia from May 12-20, 2013.  They performed at the Comfenalco School, Universidad de Bellas Artes, and in a feature collaborative concert “Il Dialogue of Two Cultures,” directed by VCU’s Professor of Low Brass, Dr. Ross Walter.  The VCU students and their professor, along with Dr. Kenneth Wood, Assistant Professor of Voice and Associate Director of the VCU Opera, will be helped young music students to advance their skills on the instruments by teaching, performing, and interacting with them.  This visit to was also made possible by the generous support of  scholarships from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Global Education Office.

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Commonwealth Singers embarked on an international musical tour to Montreal in May 2013.  By invitation, they performed with Ensemble Appassionata in their season closing, Harmonies du soir. Their performance at the Salle Pierre-Mercure will include Water Night by Eric Whitacre, The Ecstasies Above by Tarik O’Regan, and Missa in Angustiis (Nelsonmesse) by Haydn.

On April 21, members of the VCU Percussion Ensemble participated in a performance with Grammy Award Winning Ensemble Eighth Blackbird at the University of Richmond. They performed John Luther Adams’ monumental work “inuksuit” for 9-99 musicians, an environmental work (programmed in honor of Earth Day 2013), with performers widely dispersed in an outdoor area. The performance involved over 75 percussionists from all across the country.

The Kappa Psi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at VCU was nominated for the William A. Scroggs Award based on the chapter’s achievements in service to college bands and music. This award is given to the top chapter in the Northeast District and it is the third year that the VCU chapter has been nominated. The chapter has also been nominated for the National Chapter Leadership award.

Victor Haskin’s The Truth.

VCU Music students | May 2013: internships, a debut jazz album, major scholarships and fellowships to graduate school, and more.

Colby Mullen, vocal performance, will be interning in New York City this summer with the Multicultural Arts Management Internship Program, hosted by the Arts & Business Council of New York a division of Americans for the Arts. He will be working at The Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens NY.

Victor Haskins, trumpet, released his first CD The Truth (32 Bar Records), which can be purchased at iTunes orAmazon.

Anna Bishop, violin, will begin her graduate studies in the fall at Chicago College of Performing Arts for Violin Performance where she received a large scholarship. She will also be interning with Fifth House Ensemble, an innovative Chamber Music group in Chicago.

Marcus Redden, horn, will be pursuing a Master of Music in Horn at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a recipient of the Artistic Excellence Award, the Jacobs School’s most prestigious award.

Marla Smith, flute, will be attending the Eastman School of Music in the fall for a Master’s degree in Flute Performance. She will be the teaching assistant to Bonita Boyd, play in the Conducting Orchestra, as well as teaching a course on flute methods to the music education majors as a graduate student.

Justin McConchie, percussion, will be pursuing his Master’s Degree at the Butler School of Music at University of Texas, Austin in the fall.

Stephanie Barrett, cello, was accepted to Meadowmount to study with Clive Greensmith.

Jack Flores, cello, was accepted to California Summer Music to study with Irene Sharp.