October 25, 2021

UMW Piper Opens Memorial Day Concert at FredNats Park

AJ Gluchowski, a rising UMW sophomore and member of the Eagle Pipe Band, will open a Memorial Day concert at FredNats Park with ‘Amazing Grace.’

AJ Gluchowski, a rising UMW sophomore and member of the Eagle Pipe Band, will open a Memorial Day concert at FredNats Park with ‘Amazing Grace.’

When AJ Gluchowski conducted his college search, he found a website listing East Coast schools that had bagpipe bands.

The University of Mary Washington stood out. Once he was accepted, the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, native made plans to join UMW’s Eagle Pipe Band, eager to perform with other avid pipers at Mary Washington and in the Fredericksburg area.

Then COVID hit.

Gluchowski, a rising sophomore majoring in music, spent his first year of college doing lessons and rehearsals entirely online. But now that pandemic restrictions are easing, he’s been making up for lost time. On the heels of performing at Mary Washington’s recent Commencement ceremonies, Gluchowski made his Fredericksburg Nationals debut Monday evening, opening a Memorial Day concert at the stadium with a rendition of Amazing Grace. Several UMW music students also performed with Virginia Cello Ensembles Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Christine Hartigan.

“I haven’t performed for an audience in months, so it is very exciting,” said Gluchowski, who first started playing bagpipes six years ago when his mom suggested it was a good way to get in touch with his Scottish heritage. With his high school pipe band, he frequently played sporting events and concerts. “I love sharing my passion for the bagpipes with as many people as possible.” Read more. 

UMW Presents a Palette of Pandemic-Era Arts

Soon after the University of Mary Washington Chamber Choir performed live in the James Farmer Hall atrium last March, UMW went totally online, and singing was deemed a “super-spreader” activity.

Last fall, UMW Choirs sang together again – virtually – performing In Te Domine Speravi. The new piece by composer Sarah McDonald focuses on isolation, sickness and loneliness, forming an acrostic spelling the word “quarantine.”

“Our students said it was a very real expression of how they were feeling,” said Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities Christopher Ryder.

With the arts a more critical part of our lives now than ever, the Mary Washington departments of theatre, art and music have spent the last year discovering fresh ways to create, collaborate and learn while socially distanced. New technologies and classes, private lessons and virtual visits by professional artists take center stage as UMW moves forward with early-stage plans for a state-of-the-art theatre complex and an update to Pollard, Melchers and duPont halls. Read more. 

 

UMW Presents a Palette of Pandemic-Era Arts

Soon after the University of Mary Washington Chamber Choir performed live in the James Farmer Hall atrium last March, UMW went totally online, and singing was deemed a “super-spreader” activity. Last fall, UMW Choirs sang together again – virtually – performing In Te Domine Speravi. The new piece by composer Sarah McDonald focuses on isolation, […]

Hoskins Featured on PBS’s American Portrait

Accompanist Cathy Hoskins

Accompanist Cathy Hoskins

Cathy Hoskins, an accompanist, voice coach and piano teacher in the Department of Music at the University of Mary Washington was recently featured on PBS’s American Portrait: A National Storytelling Project, talking about her experiences of teaching during the pandemic and the challenge of teaching music virtually.

Wells Presents Duo Piano Recital, March 13

Assistant Professor of Music Robert Wells

Assistant Professor of Music Robert Wells

UMW music professor Dr. Robert Wells will be joining his former piano professor, Dr. Derek Parsons (Furman University), to present a two-piano recital at UMW. The concert will be on Friday, March 13 at 7:30 PM in Dodd Auditorium, and admission will be free. Parsons will be performing Anglo-Canadian composer Healey Willan’s piano concerto, accompanied by Wells on a second piano, after which Wells will perform American composer Amy Beach’s piano concerto, accompanied by Parsons. This concert will kick off a music-filled weekend for the UMW Music Department, with the UMW Chamber Music Festival occurring on Saturday and Sunday at Belmont.

UMW Chamber Music Festival Marks Third Year at Belmont

U.S. Army Woodwind Quintet

U.S. Army Woodwind Quintet

Gari Melchers Home and Studio and the University of Mary Washington Music Department present a Chamber Music Festival on March 14 and 15 in the intimate setting of the Pavilion at Belmont.

The musicians will perform a richly varied program against the backdrop of Belmont, a late eighteenth-century estate picturesquely situated above the Rappahannock River in Falmouth, Virginia.

“Gari Melchers, the famed American who lived and painted here, enjoyed a friendship with the French composer Camille Saint-Saens, and I know he readily would endorse the making of music at his old haunts,” says Assistant Director and Curator Joanna Catron.

The Festival opens on Saturday evening, March 14 at 7 p.m. with a performance of New American Classics for Wind Quintet performed by the U.S. Army Woodwind Quintet under the direction of MSG Robert Aughtry. The performance will include works by Valerie Coleman, Arne Running, Charles Rochester Young, Lalao Schifrin, and Reena Esmail.

The Sunday, March 15 offering begins at 2 p.m. with an eclectic chamber program featuring works by Hayden, Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart and others, performed by the UMW Flute Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and Woodwind Trio, comprised of faculty, students and guest musicians under the direction of Professors of Music Doug Gately and Bruce Middle.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Pavilion, Gari Melchers Home and Studio.

Contact: Joanna D. Catron at jcatron@umw.edu or 540-654-1841

Mary Talks: ‘Frank Sinatra and the Development of the Concept Album’

Join us on campus for our next Mary Talk of the 2019-20 academic year.

James Brooks Kuykendall, professor and chair of the music department at UMW, will present “Frank Sinatra and the Development of the Concept Album.”

Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) was one of the greatest American performing artists—leaving a legacy both as a singer and as an Oscar-winning film star. Less appreciated, perhaps, was his pioneering artistic vision. At the advent of the long-playing record, Sinatra recognized its potential not merely as a medium for a series of songs all on one disc, but for a sustained artistic statement. In his 1950s series of Capitol Records albums (including In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers, Close to You, Come Fly with Me, and Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely), Sinatra explored how to create musical coherence in large-scale structures. In so doing, he shaped the work of successive musicians across all genres.

Wednesday, November 13
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Digital Auditorium,
Hurley Convergence Center
On Campus

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The lecture will end at approximately 8 p.m., allowing time for a Q&A session with Professor Kuykendall. Please join us for light refreshments at the conclusion of the program. This event is free, but registration is requested so we will know to expect you. If you haven’t already, register today!

You can attend this Talk either in person or online! To attend on campus, click “Register to Attend in Person” below. If you instead would like to view the Talk online (either live or at a later time), click “Register to View Online,” and you will receive a link to view the online video.

We look forward to seeing you either on campus or online!

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UMW Presents Jazz 4 Justice on Nov. 2

UMW’s Jazz Ensemble has joined the Fredericksburg Area Bar Association and Legal Aid Works℠ (formally Rappahannock Legal Services) to present a special concert, Jazz 4 Justice™, on November 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium. General admission tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, please visit https://umwmusic.com or call (540) 654-1012.

Music Professor Shares ‘Note’worthy Research on ‘With Good Reason’

University of Mary Washington Music Professor and Department Chair Brooks Kuykendall will be featured on the With Good Reason public radio show. The episode, Unexpected Remixes, will air daily beginning Saturday, Sept. 21, and continuing through Sept. 27. The episode showcases Kuykendall’s discovery of an epic 19th-century musical crossover. Working with Mary Washington alumna Elyse Ridder […]

Gately Performs with National Symphony Orchestra

Doug Gately, senior lecturer in the Department of Music

Doug Gately, senior lecturer in the Department of Music

Doug Gately, senior lecturer in the Department of Music, performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Steven Reineke on June 28 and 29 in a concert recreating the 1961 concert, Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall. Featured artists were Tony® nominee Laura Osnes, Broadway diva Capathia Jenkins, and Pink Martini’s Jimmie Herrod.

Gately also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra on the televised Capital Fourth Concert, hosted by John Stamos with performances by Carole King, Vanessa Williams, the cast of Sesame Street, Colbie Caillat, Yolanda Adams, Lee Brice, and more.