College of Visual and Performing Arts

Concerts and News

Spring 2022 Concerts and Events

This event has been canceled due to circumstances beyond our control. We hope to present it as a recorded event on YouTube in the near future with the date yet to be determined. Thank you for your continued support of our performances.
Opera Ensemble presents Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
The opera ensemble will present an abridged version of Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) in partnership with Project Ballet.
Mark Stachofsky and Sam Savage, directors

This event has been canceled due to circumstances beyond our control. We hope to present it with the date yet to be determined. Thank you for your continued support of our performances.
Faculty Artist Recital featuring Dr. Sam Savage with Rolin Mains, piano and Dr. Jonathan Young, piano
Associate Professor of Voice Sam Savage and Rolin Mains perform American song standards and Dr. Jonathan Young will accompany on works by Ravel, Korngold, and Bellini.

Faculty Artist Recital featuring Jonathan Young, piano
Pianist Dr. Jonathan Young and his wife, soprano Natalie Young, will present a selection of piano and vocal music, including works by Glière, Bach, Rachmaninoff, Milhaud, and Chopin.
Thursday, Feb.3 - 7:30 p.m.         
Rhinehart Recital Hall
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Streaming on YouTube


Three Rivers Honor Band Weekend Sponsored by Sweetwater
Please join us as we welcome students from across the Midwest for our annual Three Rivers Honor Band Weekend. This year, we welcome master educators Richard and Cheryl Floyd to lead students in a weekend of learning and performance. The event is open to any middle school or high school student, grades 7-12. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
Final Concert Saturday, Feb. 5 - 1:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall
Admission is free for everyone


Gene Marcus Piano Competition Finals and Winners Recital
The annual Gene Marcus Piano Competition celebrates its 11th year and regularly attracts top young pianists, ages 18 and under, from Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. https://www.pfw.edu/departments/cvpa/caa/piano-competition.html
Sunday, Feb. 6 - 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Final Round
Winners Recital  6:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone


Purdue University Fort Wayne JazzFest Sponsored by Sweetwater
This event offers high school and middle school jazz bands the opportunity to experience a non-competitive performance and clinic by renowned instrumental pedagogues from around the United States. Each ensemble will be provided comments on their work immediately following the stage performance.
Schools must register in advance by completing the following form: https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bxsJvD8HW5vqJXn
Questions about JazzFest can be answered by contacting Dr. John Egger at [email protected]
Tuesday, Feb. 8–Wednesday - Feb. 9 
Auer Performance Hall
Admission is free for everyone                      


Guest Artist Recital - Trobár: A Room of Her Own
Founded on the belief that music has the power to bridge cultures, despite the separation of time and place, language, ethnicity, or religion, Trobár, a small band of instruments and female voices, is dedicated to bringing medieval music and stories to modern audiences.
Thursday, Feb. 10 - 7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
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Streaming on YouTube


Music Therapy Client Recital
Share the joy of music with music therapy clients and their professional therapists. In this recital, clients receiving music therapy services will demonstrate abilities they learned in therapy. Facilitated by Peggy Farlow, senior lecturer in music therapy, this recital is open to the public.
Saturday, Feb. 12 - 2:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone


University and Community Orchestra Concert
Concerto and Aria Competition Winners
Talented student winners of the annual Concerto and Aria Competition will be featured in this exciting concert.
Josiah Lund and Olivia Bressler, piano
Madelyn Kunkle, marimba  
Cecilia Horner, piano
Rachel Corwin, clarinet
Brian Houser, alto saxophone
Jacob Forte, trombone  
Kevin McMahon, conductor
Tuesday, Feb. 15 - 7:30 p.m. 
Auer Performance Hall
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Streaming on YouTube

Woodwind Day Sponsored by Sweetwater
This all-day event is open to all woodwind players (saxophone, flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon) regardless of age, and will feature workshops and performances led by guest artist Shanna Pranaitis and Purdue Fort Wayne woodwind faculty artists Vivianne Belanger, Luke Fitzpatrick, Pavel Morunov, Kylie Stultz-Dessent, Alex McCrory, and Paul Lorenz. To register in advance contact Kylie Stultz-Dessent at [email protected]
Sunday, Feb. 20 - Noon–5:00 p.m.
Rhinehart Music Center
Admission is free for everyone


Guest Artist Recital featuring Denise Bernardini, soprano
Ms. Bernardini will perform songs and arias from Purcell, Puccini, Debussy, Duparc, and American Folk, spanning early Baroque to the 21st century.
Monday, Feb. 21 - 7:30 p.m.  
Rhinehart Recital Hall
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Streaming on YouTube

Vocal Studio Recital
The School of Music vocal division will present songs of Stefano Donaudy, Arie di Stile Antico.
Tuesday, Feb. 22 - 7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone
Streaming on YouTube


Jazz Ensemble Concert
The Jazz Ensemble will present big band selections from the 1930s to the mid-1960s as they take a journey from early swing into the Latin-influenced jazz from the 1960’s, featuring the music of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Dave Brubeck, and many others.
Terry Fisher, director
Friday, Feb 25 - 7:30 p.m. 
Auer Performance Hall
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Streaming on YouTube


Faculty Artist Recital featuring Hamilton Tescarollo, piano
Hamilton Tescarollo, professor of piano and director of keyboard studies, will perform a solo recital featuring Mozart’s Sonata in C Major, K. 309 and Schumann’s Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 in addition to works by Gluck/Sgambati, Clara Wieck-Schumann, and Camargo Guarnieri.
Saturday, Feb. 26 - 7:30 p.m.         
Rhinehart Recital Hall
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Streaming on YouTube


“Singers’ Choice” Choral Concert
In this first choral concert of the semester, the singers are in charge. The theme and concert repertoire will be chosen entirely by the choir members. Come see what music interests our students. This concert features Chamber Treble Singers, Choral Union, and University Singers. It is sure to be an exciting evening of choral music.
Dr. William Sauerland, director of choral studies
Dr. Geoffrey North, assistant director of University Singers and pianist
Jonathan Busarow, assistant director of Choral Union
Evan Keenan, pianist of Chamber Treble Singers and Choral Union
Monday, Feb 28 - 7:30 p.m. 
Auer Performance Hall
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Streaming on YouTube


Bands in Concert
Join us as the Symphonic Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble welcome the Western High School Concert Band to campus. Adding to the evening will be guest soloist Evan Gidley and composers Ricardo Lorenz and Joel Love. Works to be performed will include Love’s Solace: A Lyric Concerto, Lorenz’s El Muro, and Bells for Stokowski.
Dan Tembras, conductor
Thursday, March 3 - 7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall
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Streaming on YouTube


Faculty Recital featuring Dr. Jonathan Young, piano and
Violetta Todorova, violin
Fort Wayne Philharmonic concertmaster Violetta Todorova and Lecturer Jonathan Young perform a dynamic program of works by Mozart, Pärt, and Rachmaninov in a violin and piano recital.
Friday, March 11 - 7:30 p.m. 
Rhinehart Recital Hall
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Streaming on YouTube


Guest Artist Recital and Masterclass featuring Qing Jiang, piano
Praised by the New York Times as a “fiery musician” whose playing is “vigorous and passionate,” Qing Jiang serves as assistant professor of piano at Bucknell University. Her recital program juxtaposes composers from the current century and the past centuries through the lenses of fantasy, homage, and dance. 
Wednesday, March 16  
Masterclass  4:00 p.m.       
Admission to the masterclass is free
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Recital 7:30 p.m.                               
Rhinehart Recital Hall
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Streaming on YouTube - Recital Only     


Percussion Day and Percussion Ensemble
Performance Sponsored by Sweetwater
Percussion day is a free event and is open to all percussionists of all ages. The day will feature clinics by guest artists and a concert by area high school percussion ensembles and the Purdue Fort Wayne Percussion Ensemble. Registration in advance is encouraged by contacting Eric Schweikert [email protected].
Sunday, March 20     
Masterclass 12 p.m.–3 p.m.   
Performance 7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall
Admission is free for everyone


FRIENDS Student Showcase
Recital
School of Music students from all areas perform for the public, PFW alumni, and FRIENDS of PFW.
Monday, March 21 -  6:00 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall        
Admission is free for everyone
Streaming on YouTube


Guest Artist Recital - An Evening with Sybarite5
Equal parts passion, grit, and musical delight, Sybarite5 is an exhilarating blend of post-genre musical goodness expressed through the virtuosity of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass. This exciting quintet is constantly evolving, defying categorization, and has been keeping audiences on their toes for 10 years. They will conduct a masterclass with School of Music students prior to their concert in the evening.
Masterclass
Tuesday, March 22 - 3:00 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone
Concert
Tuesday, March 22 - 7:30 p.m. 
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Rhinehart Recital Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Faculty and Student Chamber Music Recital
Students and faculty collaborate in the performance of chamber ensemble works.
Wednesday, March 23 - 7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone
Streaming on YouTube


An Evening of Opera
The School of Music Opera Ensemble will be presenting a program of favorite operatic scenes.
Dr. Sam Savage, director
Friday, April 1 - 7:30 p.m. 
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Saturday, April 2 - 2:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
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Streaming on YouTube


Piano Studio Recital
The program is comprised of varied solo piano music featuring students of the School of Music piano area.
Thursday, April 7 - 7:30 p.m.        
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone
Streaming on YouTube


Strings Studio Recital
Students from the School of Music bowed string instrument studios will present music from a broad variety of composers and styles.  The Chancellor’s string quartet will perform on this program. 
Friday, April 8 - 7:30 p.m.        
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone
Streaming on YouTube


Guest Artist Masterclass and Recital
featuring Yu-Lien The, piano
A prizewinner of the 12th International Piano Competition Viotti-Valsesia (Italy) and the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb, Yu-Lien The is Assistant Professor of Keyboard Studies at Western Michigan University. Yu-Lien The will perform Maurice Ravel’s “Valses nobles et sentimentales,” Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Moments musicales, Opus 16” and a selection of works by women composers Clara Schumann, Cécile Chaminade, and Fanny Hensel.
Saturday, April 9
Masterclass 11 a.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone
Recital  5 p.m. 
Rhinehart Recital Hall
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Streaming on YouTube - Recital Only


Clarinet Studio Recital
Join us for an afternoon of clarinet music, featuring solo performances by the students of Assistant Professor Kylie Stultz-Dessent and the School of Music clarinet ensemble.
Sunday, April 10 - 2:30 p.m.        
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone
Streaming on YouTube


Flute Studio Recital
The evening will feature culminating ensemble and solo performances from the flute and oboe studios.
Sunday, April 10 - 7:30 p.m.        
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone
Streaming on YouTube


Guitar Ensemble Concert
Classical guitar works, both evocative and moving, will be performed by varied groupings of guitars directed by Laura Lydy.
Wednesday, April 13 - 7:30 p.m. 
Rhinehart Recital Hall
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Streaming on YouTube


Purdue University Fort Wayne WindFest and OrchestraFest Sponsored by Sweetwater
This event offers high school and middle school bands and orchestras the opportunity to experience a non-competitive performance and clinic by renowned instrumental conductors from around the United States. Each ensemble will be provided comments on their work immediately following the stage performance. 
Schools must register in advance at https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bxsJvD8HW5vqJXn 
Questions about Wind and Orchestra Fest can be answered by contacting John Egger at [email protected]
Wednesday, April 13 –Thursday, April 14
Times vary throughout the day
Auer Performance Hall
Admission is free for everyone


Percussion Ensemble Concert
Student musicians in the percussion ensemble take you on a journey through different tonal landscapes and an exploration of textural differences of varied, struck materials.
Eric Schweikert, director
Monday, April 18 - 7:30 p.m.       
Auer Performance Hall
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Streaming on YouTube


Trombone Studio Recital
Members of the trombone studio, alumni, and players from the Fort Wayne community will present large ensemble, small ensemble, and solo works by composers ranging from Bach to the Beatles.  Enjoy an evening of resonant low brass music as we celebrate spring.
Tuesday, April 19 - 7:30 p.m.        
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone
Streaming on YouTube


Guitar Studio Recital
Guitar students of Laura Lydy offer sensitively beautiful classical guitar music in acoustic splendor.
Wednesday, April 20 - 7:30 p.m.        
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone
Streaming on YouTube


Jazz Combo Concert
Jazz, the great American musical art form, will be performed by students and faculty member Jim Steele.
Thursday, April 21 - 7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
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Streaming on YouTube


“From Earth to Sky” Choral Concert
In celebrating earth on Earth Day, this concert features songs about protecting our world and its inhabitants near and dear to us. Featuring Chamber Treble Singers, Choral Union, and University Singers, this concert concludes with the ethereal Faure Requiem, featuring the University and Community Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Kevin McMahon.  
Dr. William Sauerland, director of choral studies 
Dr. Geoffrey North, assistant director of University Singers and pianist 
Jonathan Busarow, assistant director of choral union 
Evan Keenan, pianist of Chamber Treble Singers and Choral Union 
Friday, April 22 - 7:30 p.m.  
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First Wayne Street United Methodist Church


Jazz Ensemble Concert
For our final concert of the season, the ensemble will make a musical big band journey from the 1970s through the early 2000s. Featured compositional styles will include Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Hank Levy, Charles Mingus, and Herbie Hancock, as well as others.
Terry Fisher, director
Sunday, April 24 - 7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall
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Streaming on YouTube


Saxophone Quartet and Choir Concert
The entire family of saxophones including soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones join in for a presentation of small and large ensemble music from a variety of genres.
Paul Lorenz, director
Monday, April 25 - 7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
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Streaming on YouTube


University and Community Orchestra Concert
Professor Hamilton Tescarollo is the featured guest artist performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. 
Kevin McMahon, conductor
Wednesday, April 27 - 7:30 p.m. 
Auer Performance Hall
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Streaming on YouTube


Bands Final Concert
This evening, we will welcome to the stage our guests, the Homestead High School Wind Ensemble. Works by composers Bonelli, Hanson, and Grainger will be featured, along with Omar Thomas’ wonderful Come Sunday.
Dan Tembras, conductor
Thursday, April 28 - 7:30 p.m. 
Auer Performance Hall
Purchase Tickets Here
Streaming on YouTube

All concerts are in the Rhinehart Music Center unless noted.



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