Happy Fall, Alumni! We hope that those who began a new marching band season, a new school year, or just a new season are all doing well! This is our first edition of the Alumni Newsletter for the 2018-2019 school year. To those of you receiving this for the first time, our goal is to keep all James Madison University School of Music alumni up to date with events at JMU, feature former faculty members, and cover information regarding streaming concerts and other events that may be of interest to you, your colleagues, or your students.
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Holidayfest: Selections from Handel’s Messiah
Join JMU’s choral ensembles, soloists, and Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the holidays with works for orchestra and choir, featuring selections from Handel’s masterwork, Messiah. We will also be featuring a special holiday reading by a local Harrisonburg celebrity. Before the Sunday matinee, children can enjoy crafts, cookies, and cider in the Grand Lobby of the Forbes Performing Arts center!
Sat. Dec. 8 @ 8PM
Sun. Dec. 9 @ 2PM
Find ticketing info on the JMU Forbes Center Website: www.jmuforbescenter.com
Brass Band Invited to Perform at Virginia Music Educators Association Conference
The James Madison University Brass Band, under the direction of Kevin Stees, has been invited to perform at the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA. The Brass Band has performed at VMEA two times before. Good luck to the JMU Brass Band as they represent JMU at VMEA!
Madison Singers Invited to Perform at the All-Virginia Honors Choir
The Madison Singers of JMU were invited to perform for the Virginia Music Educators Association Senior Honors Choir this year on Friday, November 16th at the Holiday Inn in Staunton, Virginia. The Honors Choir is a prestigious 132-voice choir made up of high school seniors from across the Commonwealth. Many of these students will be pursuing music at the collegiate level, including some at JMU! The concert, entitled “Always Something Sings,” features the works of Orban, Larsen, Hundley, Paärt, Todd, and Elberdin.
James Madison University Parade of Champions Band Competition
The Marching Royal Dukes hosted the 41st Annual Parade of Champions on Saturday, October 20th. This year, 54 bands competed in the all-day event, with two MRD performances and two award shows, in which Pat & Glenda Rooney helped hand out awards for the participating bands. Great job to the MRDs and the high school bands that competed!
The James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes will be spending Thanksgiving 2018 in New York City as they make their fourth appearance in the 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Marching Royal Dukes were selected from 100 applicants, marking a special occasion as no other band in the last 40 years has been selected to perform four times.
At the 2017 JMU vs. Maine football game, the Creative Director of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mr. Wesley Whatley, officially announced the participation of the Marching Royal Dukes. “The 450 member James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes deliver high-energy, crowd pleasing performances each week to football fans every season,” said Wesley Whatley. “The Macy’s Band Selection Committee is proud to welcome back the incredibly talented students of James Madison University to the Big Apple for the fourth time, and we look forward to the energy and spectacle they will bring to the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!”
The Marching Royal Dukes will perform for approximately 3.5 million spectators in New York City, with approximately 50 million people watching at home on television across the country.
For more information on the Macy’s Parade, please visit www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at (212) 494-4495.