College of Visual and Performing Arts

Upcoming Concerts

Fall 2019 Upcoming Concerts

Faculty Piano Trio (Piano-Violin-Cello)

School of Music faculty members Marcy Trentacosti (violin), Martyna Bleke (cello) and Hamilton Tescarollo (piano), will present wonderful trios by Chopin and Dvořák (“Dumky”), along with Ernest Bloch’s Three Nocturnes.

Tuesday, Sept. 3        7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall       $

Music Therapy Client Recitals

Share the joy of music with practicing music therapists who will assist their client performers in demonstrating skills they developed through participation in music therapy services. The recitals take place in the Rhinehart Recital Hall and are free and open to the public. Contact Peggy Farlow, continuing lecturer in Music Therapy, for additional information.

Saturday, Sept. 7       2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 8          2:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone

Strings Chamber Music Day

Join guest artist Dr. Aaron Jacobs from the School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for a full day of exploring ensemble music and string technique. Jacobs, who founded the Illinois String Academy, will conduct sessions and masterclasses throughout the day along with faculty from the Purdue Fort Wayne School of Music. To register, contact director Marcy Trentacosti at trentacm@pfw.edu. String Chamber Music Day is a free event sponsored by Sweetwater and Mynett Music.

Saturday, Sept. 14         9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall/Instrumental Room
Admission is free for everyone

Piano Masterclass with Nikolai Demidenko

Fort Wayne Philharmonic guest artist Nikolai Demidenko, a Russian-born classical pianist of international acclaim, will work with School of Music pianists on their performance.

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

School of Music and Fort Wayne Children’s Choir present
Music Educators Workshop with Dr. John Feierabend

Music teachers in grades K-12 and music education students are invited to participate in a day-long workshop on music and movement development. Professional growth points for music teachers will be provided. Cost for participants is $40 for music educators and $20 for university students. Lunch will be provided for those who pre-register. 

Saturday, Oct. 5         9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Purdue Fort Wayne Alumni Center    $
Questions? Contact John Okley Egger at eggerjo@pfw.edu. Register in advance here: www.enrole.com/pfw/jsp/session.jsp?sessionId=19FCON520&courseId=CON520&categoryId=10019

Don’t Look Down!
Guest Artists Recital - Tom Curry, tuba; Mark Hetzler, trombone; Anthony Disanza, percussion

This concert of cutting-edge new music combines acoustic and electronic music in classical, rock, and experimental styles. Join us for music like you’ve never heard before.

Wednesday, Oct. 9    7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall            $

Bands Concert I

The Wind Bands will feature the classic Suite Français by Darius Milhaud. Other works include the wonderful Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich and Ticheli’s profound An American Elegy.  The concert will conclude with Zhou Tian’s wonderful Petals of Fire.
Dan Tembras, conductor

Thursday, Oct. 10      7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall           $

Student Percussion Recital

Solo and ensemble works for all types of percussion instruments performed by students from the studio of Philharmonic Mentor Eric Schweikert.

Sunday, Oct. 13         2:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall            $

No Place Like Home
Choral Ensembles Concert

As L. Frank Baum taught us in his beloved The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, there truly is no place like home. Join the University Singers, Chamber Singers, and Choral Union in a concert of selections focusing on home, refuge, and belonging, as we welcome our new director of choral studies, Dr. William Sauerland, in his inaugural concert.
William Sauerland, conductor

Monday, Oct. 14        7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall           $

Student Showcase Concert

Join the Friends of Purdue Fort Wayne in a free community concert featuring the best of our student soloists and chamber ensembles.

Tuesday, Oct. 15        3:00 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone

 

Vocal Division Recital

Students from the vocal division offer a wide range of solo works from several centuries of music.

Tuesday, Oct. 15        7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall            $

 

Jazz Ensemble Concert

The university's premier jazz ensemble will perform contemporary big band jazz along with guest saxophone soloist Dr. Farrell Vernon. Our new jazz ensemble director, Terry Fisher, will be making his debut during the concert.
Terry Fisher, director

Friday, Oct. 18                        7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall           $

Community Orchestra Concert

We welcome noted educator and conductor Troy Webdell as our new conductor of the Purdue Fort Wayne Community Orchestra. Webdell currently serves as the conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Program and is excited to begin his additional appointment at the university. Purdue Fort Wayne has been the home of the Community Orchestra, comprised of community and student musicians, for more than four decades.
Troy Webdell, conductor

Tuesday, Oct. 29        7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall           $

Viola Masterclass with Brett Deubner

Fort Wayne Philharmonic guest artist Brett Deubner, a world-renowned viola soloist and a member of the string faculty at Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York City, will work with School of Music musicians on their performance.
Friday, Nov. 1             4:00 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone

 

Opera Ensemble presents An Embarrassing Position

Set in New Orleans in the 1890s, Willis Parkham, a bachelor running for political office, receives several unexpected late night visitors after a so-called “political meeting.” American composer Dan Shore rewrote Kate Chopin’s play as a comic opera in 2010 and An Embarrassing Position won the National Opera Association Chamber Opera Competition in 2013. Sam Savage, director

Friday, Nov. 1             7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 3          2:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall            $

 

Strings Studio Recital

Solo and ensemble works for strings performed by students from the School of Music.

Tuesday, Nov. 5           7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall            $

Violin Day

Violin students will enjoy a full day violin work featuring orchestral soloist Penny Thompson Kruse, professor of violin from Bowling Green State University.  The day includes violin ensembles, a masterclass and workshops on violin topics such as shifting, vibrato, and stage presence, concluding with a participant recital. For more information contact trentacm@pfw.edu

Saturday, Nov. 9       Registration at 9:30 a.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone

 

Flute Studio Recital

School of Music student flutists present masterworks for flute and piano along with flute professor Vivianne Belanger.

Sunday, Nov. 10        7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall            $

Faculty Jazz Combo Concert

Faculty jazz masters offer an evening of original tunes that will inspire your creativity and imagination.

Tuesday, Nov. 12       7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall            $

Guest Artist Recital: Kevin Ayesh, piano

Pianist Kevin Ayesh has presented concerts and master classes throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and Hong Kong. His solo program features Brahms’ monumental Sonata in F Minor, Op. 5, as well as works by Mozart and Chopin.

Friday, Nov. 15           7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall            $

 

Three Rivers Choral Festival:  Voices of Hope

Choral voices unite for a stirring concert featuring the Holocaust Cantata by Donald McCullough. As part of Violins of Hope Fort Wayne, the University Singers, Fort Wayne Children's Choir, and Heartland Sings collaborate to show the strength of the human spirit and the power of music during this city-wide festival.
William Sauerland, Jonathan Busarow and Robert Nance, conductors

Saturday, Nov. 16      4:00 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall           $

 

Brass Area Recital

Solo and ensemble performances by School of Music brass students representing the breadth of classical literature for these glorious instruments.

Sunday, Nov. 17        2:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall            $

Clarinet Studio and Ensemble Recital

Enjoy performances by the students of visiting instructor Kylie Stultz-Dessent featuring the clarinet ensemble and solo performances by members of the clarinet studio.

Sunday, Nov. 17        7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall            $

Trombone Ensemble Concert

Members of the trombone ensemble and students from the trombone studio will perform a wide variety of works.

Wednesday, Nov. 20             7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall            $

 

Guitar Ensemble Concert

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

Thursday, Nov. 21                 7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall            $

 

Violin Masterclass with Igor Yuzefovich

Fort Wayne Philharmonic guest artist Igor Yuzefovich, concertmaster of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, will work with School of Music musicians on their performance.

Friday, Nov. 22                       4 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall          
Admission is free for everyone

Piano Studio Recital

Students of piano professor Hamilton Tescarollo will present a program of great solo piano music.

Friday, Nov. 22           7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall            $

 

Brass Day featuring Shachar Israel, trombone, from the Cleveland Orchestra

This all-day event is open to all brass players (trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba) regardless of age. The day will feature masterclasses by guest artist Shachar Israel and the university brass faculty. The evening concert features Israel and the Brass Day participant ensemble. Registration in advance is recommended by contacting lotta@pfw.edu. Brass Day is a free event sponsored by Sweetwater and Mynett Music.

Sunday, Nov. 24        11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone

 

Percussion Ensemble Concert

Student musicians in the percussion ensemble take your ears on a journey through different tonal landscapes and an exploration of textural differences of varied, struck materials.
Eric Schweikert, director

Monday, Nov. 25       7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall           $

Saxophone Quartet and Choir Concert

Saxophone is on the menu as the entire family of instruments joins in for a presentation of small and large ensemble music from a variety of genres.
Farrell Vernon, director

Monday, Nov. 25       7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall            $

 

Woodwind Studio Recital

Student musicians from a variety of woodwind studios perform solo and chamber works.

Monday, Dec. 2          7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall            $

Guitar Studio Recital

Guitar students of Laura Lydy offer sensitively beautiful classical guitar music in acoustic splendor.

Wednesday, Dec. 4     7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall            $

 

Bands Concert II

Composer Jennifer Jolley joins the bands in residence for this exciting evening of music.  Featured will be two of her works, Motordom and The Eyes of the World Are Upon You.  The evening also features outstanding student soloist Zach Brown and will conclude with Paul Hindemith’s Symphony in Bb.
Dan Tembras, conductor

Thursday, Dec. 5        7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall           $

Home for the Holidays Concert

Celebrate the joy and beauty of the season with the Purdue Fort Wayne Community Orchestra and Choral Ensembles. Performing seasonal favorites and holiday classics, this concert is the perfect way to start your holiday season!
Troy Webdell and William Sauerland, conductors

Monday, Dec. 9          7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall           $

 

Jazz Ensemble Holiday Swing Concert

No holiday season is complete without checking out swingin' jazz twists on some holiday favorites, all presented by the superior student jazz musicians in the School of Music.
Terry Fisher, director

Friday, Dec. 13           7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall           $

School of Music Audition Dates


Saturday - December 7, 2019

Monday - February 17, 2020

Saturday - March 21, 2020

Saturday - April 18, 2020 

 

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:   www.pfw.edu/tickets
  • boxoffice@pfw.edu
    • 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!