Music in Action

 Rainbow StaffNews: Past & Present

Check out the Concert Schedule page for upcoming concerts and events.


 

Riverside Center pit orchestra includes faculty members David Long, drums, Paul Rawlins, trombone and alumni Jessica Merritt (F16), trumpet


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


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


Faculty member, Doug Gately performs with the National Symphony Orchestra, Feb 14, 24, & 25


 

Friday, Dec 2 - UMW Concert Band, Conducted by Doug Gately presents:

International Flair

world-international

Music from around the world,  featuring Guest Artists:

Student: Kaylee Payne, violin – performing the Czardas by Monti

Faculty Members: Claire Workinger-oboe, Doug Gately- flute – Suite for Woodwind Quintet, Milhaud’s La Cheminée Du Roi René

Andrew Kraus

Andrew Kraus

Andrew Kraus- piano, presenting the works of Ginestera & interpretive dances by Roxann Morgan Rowley

An exciting night of international music!

Free and open the public
Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall, 7:30 PM, Dec 2, 2016

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UMW students took the stage at the West Fork Music Festival performing their original compositions.  More info is available at http://www.theet.com/fairmontnews/news/fairmont-pride—fairmont-state-s-west-fork-music/article_48a81619-8e41-5717-a666-2a30753eb4b8.html


 

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.

 

 


 

Nature Boy Explorer

Nature Boy Explorer

Assistant Professor Mark Snyder with his group Nature Boy Explorer, Becky Brown (15) – harp, John White (15) - bass and guitar, and  Austin O’Rourke (17) – drums have been touring Germany.  Check out their incredible tour at  http://marksnyder.org/2016/07/21/snyder-and-students-perform-in-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

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXX-TmUzmtE

 

 

 


 

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

http://virginiaharpist.com

 


 


 


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:

http://eagleeye.umw.edu/2016/08/04/snyders-students-works-performed-china/


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,”


Snyder’s “Our House on the Hill” Released on Fuzzy Panda Records


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


MW Jazz Trio performed for the Mary Washington Healthcare Medallion Awards and the Quartet performed recently at Market Square as part of the Fredericksburg Area Museums Summer Concert


 


Assistant Professor of MusicMark Snyder performed his original composition Qwee for processed harp, accordion and video at the Classical Revolution’s Night of the Living Composer at Balliceaux in Richmond, Va., on May 15. Accompanying him was UMW alum harpist Becky Brown ’15, who performed her original composition, Hold Still, a multimedia self-portrait for pencil, copper, Arduino on paper, poetry and video in Max.