College of Visual and Performing Arts

Upcoming Concerts

Fall 2019 Upcoming Concerts

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 Two One-Acts

A Hand of Bridge
By Samuel Barber
Two couples play a hand of bridge that allows each player to disclose their unfulfilled desires and inner monologues through song. The opera premiered in 1959 at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, where the four ariettas are connected through a common “card theme.”

An Embarrassing Position
By Dan Shore  Based on a play by Kate Chopin
Set in New Orleans in the 1890s, a bachelor running for political office receives several unexpected late night visitors after a so-called “political meeting.” An Embarrassing Position won the National Opera Association Chamber Opera Competition in 2013.

Mark Stachofsky and Sam Savage, directors

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 of violin work featuring orchestral soloist Penny Thompson Kruse, professor of violin from Bowling Green State University.  The day includes everything violin from bow technique, left hand technique, vibrato, shifting, tone quality, and a masterclass with Dr. Kruse. For more information contact

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, along with flute professor Vivianne Belanger, present masterworks for flute and piano.

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

This program will feature the Purdue Fort Wayne University Singers, Heartland Sings, Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, and other area choirs in a collaborative concert featuring David McCullough’s multi-movement work, Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps. The text of every song from the cantata, originally in Polish, but sung in English, was written by prisoners held in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany’s Third Reich. This reverent and powerful joint concert will feature more than 100 singers in the Auer Performance Hall at the Rhinehart Music Center.
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 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:
    • 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!