College of Visual and Performing Arts

Upcoming Concerts

Spring 2019 Upcoming Concerts

Guest Artist Masterclass and Recital featuring Thomas Hooten, trumpet

Anyone interested in the trumpet is welcome to attend a free masterclass with Thomas Hooten, principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Later that evening he will perform with fellow musicians Rebecca Wilt, piano, and trumpet professor Andrew Lott.

Thursday, Feb. 14
Masterclass                3:00 p.m.
Masterclass admission is free for everyone
Recital                        7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall


Jazz Ensemble Concert

Enjoy an evening of big band favorites with the premiere university jazz ensemble.
Farrell Vernon, director

Friday, Feb. 15          7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall


Woodwind Day featuring Jazz Clarinetist Frank Glover
Evening Concert features Glover, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Faculty Jazz Combo and Woodwind Day Participants

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 faculty artists Farrell Vernon, Vivianne Belanger, Pavel Morunov, Cynthia Greider, and Michael Trentacosti. Instrument vendors will also be on hand during the day to allow participants a chance to try new instruments and mouthpieces. Registration for Woodwind Day 2019 begins at 12:30 p.m. at the door. Contact Cynthia Greider 260-744-2853, for more information. This is a free event sponsored by Sweetwater and Mynett Music.

Sunday, Feb. 17       
Woodwind Day Events
         12:30–9:00 p.m.
Rhinehart Music Center        
Evening Concert                   7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall


Vocal Division Recital

This unique and fun participation concert asks the audience to be the judge. Our talented vocal studio students offer performances of the same texts set by various composers and handled in different ways. Audience members will determine which setting was the most effective!

Tuesday, Feb. 19       7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall


Guest Artist Masterclass featuring Robert deMaine, cello

Robert deMaine, principal cellist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic will offer 90-minutes of musical coaching to select cellists from the regions. Everyone is welcome to attend and apply his coaching to their own playing. He will then perform with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic on Saturday.

Friday, Feb. 22          4:00 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone

Bands Concert featuring Václav Blahunek, guest conductor; Chance Trottman-Huiet, tuba; and Viet Cuong, composer

Col. Václav Blahunek, one of Europe's leading conductors of wind music and conductor of the Prague Castle Band, will lead the university bands in renowned works by Czech composers. Also joining the bands is the “wildly inventive” (New York Times) Viet Cuong, composer-in-residence at the School of Music for the world premiere of his work for tuba and wind ensemble featuring Chance Trottman-Huiet, professor of tuba.

Dan Tembras, conductor
Thursday, Feb. 28     7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall


Faculty Artist Recital featuring Hamilton Tescarollo, piano

Hamilton Tescarollo, piano professor and director of keyboard studies, will perform a solo piano recital featuring Beethoven’s “Waldstein” Sonata and Prokofieff’s Sonata No. 2, Op. 14, as well as works by Bach/Siloti and Schumann.

Friday, March 15      7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital

Requiem for the Living - Choral Concert

University Singers, along with First Wayne Street UMC Sanctuary Choir and Chamber Choir, Trine University Choir, and a professional chamber orchestra will present individual works and mass numbers, including a presentation of Dan Forrest's masterwork “Requiem for the Living.”

Sunday, March 31     4:00 p.m.
First Wayne Street United Methodist Church
Admission is free for everyone

Guest Artist Recital – Liu Liu, piano

Pianist and educator Liu Liu, graduated from the Eastman School of Music and currently serves as the associate professor of Music in the School of Arts at Renmin University of China. Professor Liu Liu has won many awards in her piano competitions both at home and abroad.

Wednesday, April 3   7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Opera Ensemble presents Dido and Aeneas

School of Music students will be performing the opera Dido and Aeneas written by the English baroque composer Henry Purcell with a libretto by Nahum Tate. The story recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero Aeneas, and her despair when he abandons her. Dido and Aeneas is remembered as one of Purcell's foremost theatrical works.

Friday, April 5           7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 7         2:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Percussion Day and Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert

This all-day event is open to all percussionists regardless of age. The day will feature feature clinics by Eric Schweikert, director of percussion at the university School of Music and guest artist Cameron Leach. The day will culminate with a concert by the Percussion Ensemble featuring the guest artist and student participants. Registration begins at the door at 11:30 a.m. This is a free event sponsored by Sweetwater and Mynett Music.
Eric Schweikert, director

Sunday, April 7       
Percussion Day Events         11:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Rhinehart Music Center
Concert                      7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall
Concert admission is free for all Percussion Day participants


Faculty Jazz Combo Concert

Enjoy original compositions in a variety of styles penned by School of Music faculty who present them in an improvisational jazz setting.

Tuesday, April 9        7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall


Purdue Fort Wayne – Sweetwater/Mynett WindFest

This event offers high school and middle school bands the opportunity to experience a non-competitive performance and clinic by renowned instrumental conductors from around the United States. The clinicians this year are George Boulden from the University of Kentucky, Cormac Cannon from the University of South Carolina, Jaclyn Hartenberger from the University of Georgia, and Alfred L. Watkins retired Director of Bands at Lassiter High School.

Wednesday, April 10–Thursday, April 11
Rhinehart Music Center
Audience admission is free for everyone


Guitar Ensemble Recital

Touching and bravura music by varied groupings of guitars directed by Laura Lydy.

Wednesday, April 10             7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall


Piano Studio Recital

A program of varied solo piano music featuring student pianists from the studio of Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo.

Thursday, April 11   7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall


Spring Choral Concert “Music about Music”

Come celebrate the gift of music with the University Singers, Chamber Singers and Choral Union in our concert of music about music.
Vaughn Roste, conductor

Saturday, April 13    7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall


Strings Studio Recital

Students of our Fort Wayne Philharmonic string faculty will perform solo and ensemble repertoire featuring violin, viola, cello and bass; topped off with a wonderful string quartet.

Sunday, April 14       2:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall


Clarinet Studio and Ensemble Recital

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Mentor Cynthia Greider showcases student performances from her clarinet studio, including a performance by the 12-member clarinet ensemble.

Sunday, April 14       5:00 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall


Saxophone Choir and Quartet Concert

All members of the saxophone family will take the mellow road through the different eras of music in groups of four and more.

Monday, April 15      7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall


Flute Studio Recital

Enjoy sparkling music for flute provided by students of Vivianne Belanger, flute professor and Fort Wayne Philharmonic member. The recital offers solo literature performances along with a flute ensemble that includes piccolo and alto flutes.

Tuesday, April 16      7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall


Guitar Studio Recital

Solo works by students under the direction of guitar professor Laura Lydy in the superb acoustic environment of the Rhinehart Recital Hall.

Wednesday, April 17            7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall


Bands Concert featuring Vivianne Belanger, flute; Joel Puckett, composer; and the Old Crown Brass Band

The concert will feature works by composer-in-residence Joel Puckett, including his wonderful Shadow of Sirius featuring Vivianne Belanger, professor of flute. Sharing the program is Fort Wayne’s Old Crown Brass Band. This delightful evening of music features works by Bernstein, Beaser, and Nelson, among others.
Dan Tembras, conductor

Thursday, April 18   7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall


Jazz Ensemble Concert

Hard-hitting swing, funk and rock are on the menu with the university’s premiere jazz group.
Farrell Vernon, director

Friday, April 19         7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall


Student Composers Recital

Music Composition class is an exciting opportunity for School of Music students to not only write their own compositions, but see them performed in a recital setting. Performers include some composers and fellow students on a variety of instruments.

Monday, April 22      7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall


Community Orchestra Spring Classics Concert

“Joy, Passion, Anguish, and Strength”
Join us for the tuneful “Karelia Suite” by Jean Sibelius, David Heath’s earthy and exciting Concerto for Soprano Saxophone featuring Christian Karkosky, the haunting and mesmerizing second movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, and Tchaikovsky’s heroic “Marche Slav.”
David Cooke, conductor

Tuesday, April 23      7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall


University Singers Mini-Concert

Conducted by students enrolled in Advanced Conducting Class, the University Singers, will perform two pieces selected by each student conductor in a short mini-concert.

Wednesday, April 24       5:00 p.m.
Admission is free for everyone
Rhinehart Recital Hall


Trombone Ensemble Concert

Slide in for some rousing music by a large group of low voices. This versatile group of horns always manages to hit on a wide span of historical styles and has fun doing so.
David Cooke, director

Wednesday, April 24            7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall


Guest Artist Masterclass featuring Stewart Goodyear, piano

Proclaimed "a phenomenon" by the Los Angeles Times and "one of the best pianists of his generation" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished young pianist as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer. Goodyear will work with School of Music pianists in a masterclass setting, prior to his performance with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic on Saturday.

Friday, April 26                     4:00 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone

All concerts are in the Rhinehart Music Center unless otherwise noted.

  • Regular Box Office Hours (in the Athletic Center Ticket Office): Monday–Friday 12:30–6:30 pm.
  • Rhinehart Box Office opens one hour prior to the start of events in the Rhinehart Music Center.
  • Summer Box Office Hours: Monday–Friday 1:00 - 6:00 pm.
  • Phone: 260-481-6555Music box office
  • TTD: 260-481-4105
  • Purchase Tickets online:
    • Free admission for Purdue Fort Wayne students with ID
    • Free admission for students 18 years of age and younger
    • $7.00 Adults
    • $6.00 Seniors (60 and older)
    • $4.00 All other students

we invite you to…

Underwrite a Concert or Recital!

The Purdue Fort Wayne School of Music is pleased to present a broad array of concerts and recitals featuring superb faculty artists, exceptional guest artists, as well as our outstanding resident vocal and instrumental ensembles.  We are always delighted to have you with us for our performances!

Private contributions play an important role in our mission to provide inspiring and entertaining musical events for the campus community, Fort Wayne, Northeast Indiana and for audiences outside our region.  

If you would like to contribute to this effort, we invite you to consider underwriting a School of Music concert or recital.

Your tax deductible gift of $250.00 or more allows you to choose the performance you wish to support. Underwriters will be acknowledged in the printed concert program and will receive 10 (ten) free tickets to the sponsored concert.

If you would like to underwrite a School of Music performance, please contact the Chair of the School of Music, at 260-481-6726.

 We hope you enjoy this year’s performances and look forward to having you with us often!