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Must See/Do: Stetson music concerts!

fluteThe Stetson University School of Music offers a delectable variety of live musical performances in the next week that you will not want to miss. The following concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., and will be held in Lee Chapel, inside Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., with the exception of one; the Jazz concert will be held in the Carlton Union Building. For ticket information on all concerts, call the School of Music concert line: (386) 822-8947; or visit www.stetson.edu/music/calendar.

Mezzo soprano Jane Christeson has enjoyed a varied career in opera, music theater, oratorio and recital work, performing over 40 roles with companies and orchestras around the United States.

Jean West began her association with Stetson’s School of Music in 1985 when she founded the Stetson Community School of Music, which she directed until 1992. Previously, she taught music history courses and has most recently served the university as dean from 2007-2013, and associate dean prior to that. She teaches studio flute, coaches chamber music and directs the Stetson Flute Orchestra.

Michael Rickman, Steinway Artist, recently celebrated his 30th anniversary at Stetson as professor of piano. A highly sought-after performer and teacher, his performances have taken him to many significant cultural centers around the world – Wagnersaal in Riga, Latvia; Alice Tully, Bruno Walter and Carnegie Halls in New York; Frutillar International Music Festival, Chile; as well as performances in Miami, Palm Beach, Philadelphia, Louisville, Kansas City, Sacramento, Toronto, London, Paris, and Frankfurt.

Jessica Speak ’02 received her bachelor of music degree from Stetson University and her master of music degree from SUNY Purchase College (2005) in clarinet performance. She joined the adjunct faculty of Stetson’s School of Music in 2012 and teaches applied clarinet, conducts the clarinet choir and coaches various woodwind chamber ensembles. Speak performs regularly with area orchestras and chamber ensembles including the Bach Festival Orchestra, Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, Walt Disney World Orchestra, Southern Winds Symphonic Band and the New Score Chamber Ensemble. She is a founding member of the Orlando Wind Quintet and the Sunshine Clarinet Quartet, the latter of which will perform at this concert, doing an encore performance of the music they performed at the International Clarinet Association in Italy in July 2013. Three newly composed pieces are by composers Keith Lay, Richard Drexler and Ralph Hays. The Sunshine Clarinet Quartet includes Jessica Hall-Speak, Jennifer Royals, Kevin Strang and Vanessa Vache.

Tammy Miller is an adjunct faculty member at Stetson University where she accompanies students, faculty, and choirs. Recent performances include:  accompanying the Stetson Chorale under the direction of Andrew Larson at the Southern Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, Schumann’s Spaniches Liederspiel opus 74 as part of Stetson’s Schumann Festival, and accompanying the 2011 Florida All-State Women’s Choir.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1 – Alumna Tammara Phillips, flute; Kristi Born, piano

Tammara Phillips is an adjunct professor of flute at Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona State College and Eastern Florida State College, and maintains a large private flute studio throughout Central Florida. Phillips received the Bachelor of Music from Stetson University, the Master of Music from James Madison University, and the Doctor of Music from the Florida State University. An avid baroque flute player, Phillips was awarded 3rd Place in the National Flute Association Baroque Flute Artist Competition in 2009. She is also a founding member of the baroque flute ensemble Traverso Colore, comprised of past and present students from the Florida State University.

An active proponent of contemporary music,  Kristi Born has premiered the works of several composers, most notably, 3 Ponteios (em miniatura), para flauta e pian by Paolo Costa Lima at the 2004 Florida Flute Festival in Daytona Beach and Faded Anecdotes: Five Images for Solo Piano by Syd Hodkinson, a piece he composed for her, at Stetson University’s Sounds New Composer’s Series in 2011. In collaboration with tenor Stephen Ng, she presented works by Berklee College of Music composition faculty in the Concerts at Berklee series. Her CDs, A Soft Florida Rain and Would You Kindly Direct Me to Hell, feature American composers Kari Juusela and Seymour Barab.

Stetson’s Jazz Ensemble, Patrick Hennessey, conductor, will honor jazz greats, past and present, from Louis Armstrong to Herbie Hancock, including music by Count Basie, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Thad Jones, Oliver Nelson and J.J. Johnson. This concert will be held in the Stetson Room, second floor of the Carlton Union Building, 131 E. Minnesota Ave.

Hennessey possesses a wide breadth of experience as a professional musician, educator, and ensemble director. A native of New Orleans with extended residences in Southern California and Hawai‘i, Hennessey’s performance credits include the touring Broadway shows, A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly, Evita, Peter Pan, Grease, and Anything Goes.

An experienced and versatile educator, Hennessey led the jazz ensemble program at the University of Hawai‘i to national acclaim, with performances at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, the Reno Jazz Festival, the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival, and two appearances at the North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison.