Posts Categorized: News

The passing of Assistant Professor Rebecca Tyree

Letter from VCU Arts Dean, Shawn Brixey May 25, 2018   Dear faculty, staff and students, It is with profound sadness that I share with you the tragic news of Rebecca Tyree’s death from a bicycle injury yesterday. She passed away at the hospital last evening in the presence of family and friends. Faculty members are… Read more »

Congratulations VCU Music Graduates!

Congratulations to our VCU Music Graduates: Daniel Adams Jake Adams Chris Baker Taylor Bendus Matthew Benson John Bradberry Georgia Cotter Colton Dodd Tristan Dougherty Minh Vy Duong Madison Erskine Kirsten Ferguson Quinton Folks Cleandre Foster Noah Fotis Chet Frierson Jason Garland Alexis Gruber Samantha Hoster Jason Kincy Sean King Brian Larson Michelle Lightfoot Eric Liverman… Read more »

Professor Doug Richards Retires After 39 Years at VCU

After nearly 40 incredible years, professor Doug Richards is retiring from VCU. Richards joined the VCU faculty in 1979, and founded its Jazz Studies program in 1980. He is regarded as one of the finest jazz composers in the world, as well as a legendary educator and band leader. Richards is the recipient of VCU’s… Read more »

Saxophone Instructor Al Regni Retires from VCU

VCU Music’s saxophone instructor, Al Regni, is retiring after 16 years. Since his start at VCU in 2002, Regni has graced the Department of Music with exceptional teaching and remarkable musical skill. He taught private lessons and led saxophone ensembles, performed as a soloist with the VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble among other ensembles, and brought… Read more »

Advanced Chamber Music: Beyond Playing Together

VCU’s Department of Music aims to engage students in activities that promote high-level musicianship and collaboration.This most often means exposing young musicians to playing in ensembles such as our Symphonic Wind Ensemble, VCU Symphony and VCU String Orchestra, to name a few. But what if students could go beyond the concept of simply “playing together?”… Read more »

Music Education Awards

The VCU Music Education Faculty presented awards to Seth Taft and Paul Bakeman at the VMEA VCU Alumni Reception on Friday, November 17, 2017. Seth Taft received the Outstanding Music Education Young Alumni Award for exemplary practice as a young Music Educator, and Paul Bakeman received the Outstanding Music Educator Award for innovative and exemplar practice in Music… Read more »

Professional Development Sessions for Orchestra Teachers

The VCU Department of Music will host three professional development sessions for orchestra teachers this fall. Recertification credit available. Contact Dr. Sandy Goldie for more information. The Bornoff Approach Workshop with clinician Debbie Lyle (Foundation for the Advancement of String Education) Saturday, October 28, 2017 9 a.m. – noon W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing… Read more »

Summer Spotlight: Jasmine Harris, Viola

Violist Jasmine Harris spent two weeks this summer at the Hot Springs Music Festival in the Ouachita mountains of central Arkansas, and five weeks at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, N.C. The Hot Springs Festival ran from June 3-16 and was orchestrally focused, with rehearsals every day and a full program concert every four… Read more »

Summer Spotlight: Shyheim Hinnant, Bass-baritone

Bass-baritone Shyheim Hinnant could be found anywhere but home this summer. He attended the Classical Singer Convention and Competition in Chicago, the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop in Atlanta, the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy in Nellysford, Va., and the German Vocal Arts Institute’s Summer Opera Program in Seattle. Hinnant spent May 25-28 in Chicago for the… Read more »

Summer Spotlight: Hamed Barbarji, Trumpet

Hamed Barbarji spent his summer traveling Europe, trumpet in hand. He first went to Switzerland for two weeks to visit family and attend the Montreux Jazz Festival, then attended Italian Brass Week in Florence, Italy, and then returned to Switzerland for another week before returning home. While at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Barbarji… Read more »