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Department of Music

Piano duo and couple Helen Sim and Ning-Wu Du perform before an enthusiastic full house in the UT Center for Performing Arts Recital HallUT Rocket Marching Band marches in parade in Alabama where the UT Rockets played in the GoDaddy Bow Rocket Marching Band members in service at United Way of Southern Alabama Faculty member Joel Tse observes a student playin flute during a lesson UT Chorus members practice Lena Miller and Sasha Noori perform in the fall 2013 UT Opera production of The Tender Land Faculty members Gunnar Mossblad and Kim Buehler perform in a UT Jazz concert Members of the UT Chorus practice Violinists play during a concert by the UT Symphony Orchestra UT jazz vocal students perform at the annual holiday jazz concert

The UT Opera Ensemble performed Puccini's classic comic opera Gianni Schicchi in March. The performance was held in Doermann Theatre with the audience seated on the stage with the performers.

Grammy-Winning Jazz Pianist Alan Broadbent was the guest pianist for the 2015 Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert in February. Broadbent presented a master class to students, sharing stories from his life as a musician and critiquing student jazz pianists. Later that same night, Broadbent presented a concert to a sold-out crowd in the UT Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Piano Duo Ning-Wu Du and Helen Sim performed January 24 before an enthusiastic full house in the UT Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall as part of the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series. The series welcomes Greek pianist Lambis Vassiliadis March 14-15.

The University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band performed at the GoDaddy Bowl game in which the UT Rockets defeated the Akansas State Red Wolves 63-44. The game was televised on ESPN. Go Rockets! The RMB also marched in the GoDaddy parade the day before the big game and band members participated in service activities at several locations in Mobile, Alabama, through the Southwest Alabama United Way. All 180 band members each spent 3 hours at various sites providing community service through the United Way - Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House, and others.

RMB members cleaning Ronald McDonald House in Mobile, Alabama.

RMB members cleaning Ronald McDonald House in Mobile, Alabama.

Newsworthy Notes

Members of the faculty Jazz group, CrossCurrents with Mike Cantufio and Ruth Nichols and
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The City Paper featured faculty and students from the UT jazz program and their Crosscurrents Jazz Night, held each Monday of the fall and spring semesters, over the past four years. Read more about Crosscurrents jazz Night here...

COMING HOME, An All Steinway Fundraiser
November 9, the Department of Music featured Frances Renzi, UT professor emeritus of music; Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of music; Robert Ballinger, UT senior lecturer in music; members of the Toledo Piano Teachers Association, UT music alumni and students, who all performed on two Steinway concert grand pianos.

The performers played ensemble works to a sold out house: compositions for one piano and four hands; two pianos and four hands; and two pianos and eight hands. Works included the Carmen fantasy (two piano), Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” (four hands), Liszt’s Don Juan Fantasy for two pianos, and Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” for two pianos (eight hands). Other composers featured on the program were Falla, Debussy, Mozart and Brahms, as well as jazz tunes featuring Ben Maloney and Josh Silver.

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Alumni, students and faculty performers at Coming Home Concert

It's not to late, you can still make a donation to the All Steinway Initiative, follow this link to the UT Foundation to make a pledge.

Contact the Department of Music
Interim Chair Jason Stumbo

Secretary Georgina Molina

A few of the careers available to Music graduates (and enjoyed by our alumni):
Music Director
Music Teacher
Sound Engineer
Music Therapist

Seelio Online Portfolio

Students in the Department of Music are participating in Seelio, an online portfolio platform. Take a look at some of the professional portfolios our students have built. The University of Toledo is working with Seelio, a Michigan startup based in Ann Arbor. Seelio allows students to create an online portfolio to showcasing their work and serving as a vehicle for real-world job experience. Different than social media or resume building sites, Seelio lets "students create a professional persona through meaningful descriptions and rich, visual attachments. Take control of your professional online presence and stand out in a way that you can't on sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest." read more...

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Last Updated: 3/25/15