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 Rainbow StaffNews: Past & Present

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We are happy to announce and welcome our new faculty members.

Brooks Kuykendall, Chair and Music History
Michael Bratt, Music Technology and Composition
Robert Wells, Theory
Michael Huffman, Trumpet

 Congratulations to our Music Major Graduates!

Notable Achievement Awards:

Margeaux M. Ducoing – Magna Cum Laude, Mortar Board, National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Jessica Nicole Merritt – BA with Highest Distinction, Senior Excellence Award; Anne & Sidney Hamer Music Award

Cole M. Masaitus – Cum Laude

Michael Terence Prime – Senior Excellence Award; Mu Phi Epsilon Sterling Achievement Award in Music

Austin Fischer O’Rourke – Senior Excellence Award; Outstanding Senior Award in Music

Lilly Schloeder

Lilly Schloeder

Lilly Schloeder, a 2016 graduate, has a new admin. post with Luxembourg Philharmonic.

For those of you who don’t know, I am completing my Master of Arts at SCAD in Business Design and Arts Leadership. For my final project I am executing a concert and fundraiser in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The concert, called Life with Music, will take place on August 13 at 2pm in Orchestra Hall, home of the Minnesota Orchestra. The concert and fundraiser will benefit children’s music education in Minneapolis! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Minnesota Orchestra’s Children’s Music Education Department and two deserving local public elementary school music programs that are experiencing budget cuts.

To learn more and to help me fund this very important project, please visit:



Faculty member, guitarist, Bruce Middle performs with his trio every third Thursday at the Colonial Tavern, Fredericksburg







Alum Joanna Smith and faculty, Mike Huffman & Paul Rawlins are currently performing Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Riverside Center.

Faculty member Paul Rawlins is writing a Christmas Show for the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts.

Faculty member, Doug Gately performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, July 4 at the Capital, Washington, DC and July 20 featuring Titus Burgess and with Frankie Moreno on Sept. 15 & 16 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Faculty member, Doug Gately – Guest Artist/Conductor for the NCMEA, New York (Niagara County Music Educators Association), Feb 4 & 5

Fredericksburg delegation helps German sister city celebrate its 1,250th anniversary

German Delegation The Fredericksburg delegation included (front row, from left) Sammy Merrill, Betty Merrill, Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Becky Brown, Cathy Herndon and Jurgen Brat; (second row, from left) Peter Ohlin, Mark Snyder, John White, Bill Lucas and Marcel Rotter

UMW Musicians represented: Dr. Mark Snyder, Becky Brown, & John White as part of Nature Boy Explorer performances throughout Germany.



UMW Faculty perform with Piedmont Symphony Orchestra

UMW Faculty perform with Piedmont Symphony Orchestra

The Piedmont Symphony Orchestra premiered UMW Adjunct Music Faculty member, Paul Rawlins’ composition, “Shenandoah Tribute,” this past July in celebration of the Piedmont’s new designation as the Official Orchestra for the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival. Paul Rawlins retired from the USAF Band, DC, as Bass Trombonist and staff arranger, and now serves as UMW trombone instructor and liaison for the new music partnership between the University and Germanna Community College. He is also Bass Trombonist, staff arranger and Personnel Manager for the Piedmont Symphony.

Other UMW faculty members playing with the PSO are Principal French Hornist, Damien Bollino; Principal Cellist, James Forry; and Tubist Gary Carper.


Andrew Kraus

Andrew Kraus


Andrew Kraus recently performed in Freiburg, Germany with 16 other pianists, joining hands in a performance of Rossini’s Overture to Semiramide at Piano Haus Lepthein.  It was one of two concerts memorializing the passing of a beloved mentor, Peter Feuchtwanger.

16 Pianists

16 Pianists





Mary Jane D'Arville

Mary Jane D’Arville

We are pleased to announce our new Harp Instructor, Mary Jane D’Arville
Master of Fine Arts; Harp Concentration (with honors), Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA




Alum Nicole Steinmetz wins principle flute seat in the Loveland Orchestra.

UMW composers are featured in Beijing, China, represented by Assistant Professor Mark Snyder, students Austin O’Rourke (17) and Becky Brown (15).     More info and hear their work:

Kevin Bartram, director of the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, is leading a treasure hunt. Working with a national research team in tandem with the Music Division of the Library of Congress, Bartram recently kicked off a project to find American classical masterworks that have been long forgotten. Known as “Unearthing America’s Musical Treasures,”


Music Department faculty members Doug Gately and Paul Rawlins can be found on the new Patrick Green and the Blues Buckets album, Out Too Late is now being distributed through most recording venues. Doug is on tenor saxophone and Paul is on trombone.

Paul Henry, bass instructor  performed with trombone artist, Greg Waits at the Creative Music Academy on June 17

UMW Jazz Trio performed for the Mary Washington Healthcare Medallion Awards