Happy Winter, Alumni! This is our second edition of the Alumni Newsletter for the 2019-2020 school year. To those of you receiving this for the first time, our goal is to keep James Madison University School of Music alumni up to date with events at JMU, feature faculty members & students, and cover information that may be of interest to you, your colleagues, or your students.
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The James Madison University Brass Band had the tremendous opportunity to perform onstage with the Cory Band, the world’s top brass band ensemble, in a concert on Friday, November 1, 2019 at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts.
This performance marks the third time the JMU Brass Band has played onstage with Cory Band at the Forbes Center. The two bands have performed onstage together two other times: at the 2017 Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) Brass Band Festival in Manchester, England, and during a concert tour of England and Wales by the JMU Brass Band in 2008. The South Wales-based Cory Band played at the Forbes Center in February 2016, when the JMU Brass Band had an opportunity to work with them.
The JMU Brass Band is the university’s premier brass ensemble. Directed by professor of music Kevin Stees, it is one of only a few collegiate brass bands in the United States. Formed in the fall of 2000, the band has twice been named the North American Brass Band Association Honors Section Champion (2005, 2004) and was the 2019, 2010, 2007 and 2006 NABBA Championship Section Runner-up.
On Monday, February 3rd, the College of Visual & Performing Arts in conjunction with Career & Academic Planning and the Office of Alumni Relations will be welcoming back a panel of highly accomplished young alumni from the schools of the CVPA to discuss their careers in the visual & performing arts.
Evan Duffy (2012 SOM) - LA-Based Film & TV Composer
Moira Gallagher (2010 SADAH) - Research Associate in American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sarah Gosselin (2008 STAD) - Dance Medicine Physical Therapist at Sentara RMH and adjunct faculty with JMU Dance department
Shannon Kingett (2010 SOM) - Director of Content and Special Projects for the Tony Award®-winning stage production and 8th story in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Deanna Kennett (2006 SOM) - Senior Manager of Education for Ensemble Connect at Carnegie Hall in NYC
Lina Lee (2015 STAD) - Professional Actor, recently closed A Chorus Line at Signature Theatre in D.C., largest credit is Miss Saigon on Broadway
Danielle O'Brien (2015 SADAH) - Interdisciplinary artist in residence at Baltimore Clayworks
Josh Smead (2012 SADAH) - Associate Lead for Crawford Architects Honolulu Branch in Honolulu, Hawaii overseeing the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District (NASED) project
JMU Symphony Orchestra to Collaborate with The Governor's School for the Arts
On Friday, March 27, the JMU Symphony Orchestra will be performing a concert in the Forbes Center Concert Hall with The Governor's School for the Arts from Norfolk, VA.
Additionally, the two groups will perform together at 4:00PM on Sunday March 29 at the Ferguson Center on the campus of Christopher Newport University. The concert is free and no ticket is required; however, donations are encouraged on concert day.