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Millersville University Students Rocking with Foreigner

Millersville University Music Students had the amazing opportunity of working with the world famous classic rock band, Foreigner. Not only did Foreigner share their wisdom about touring and performing with the students, they shared their stage as well.

Alumni Band Named as One of Five “Bands to Watch” in 2013 by USA Today

Millersville University music alumni Dominic Billet and Bill McCloskey are members of the uprising band Toy Soldiers. Billet plays the drums and the accordion; McCloskey plays the bass guitar, and they both contribute vocals.

Millersville Hosts Third Annual ACDA-PA Fall 2013 Choral Conference

Nearly 100 choral conductors from across the state—all members of the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania (ACDA-PA)—travelled to the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center on the Millersville University campus to “join together to renew ourselves for the great, noble task of music-making” during the third annual ACDA-PA Fall Conference, October 25-26, 2013.

Updated Degree Program

New Music Business Technology (MBT) director and faculty member, Dr. Barry Atticks has already made his mark at Millersville over the last year. Atticks realized that students were not getting all the training they needed to compete in today’s music industry.

Creating “Musical Moments” with Veterans

Millersville University in collaboration with Yamaha Music and the Wellness Institute is participating in “Musical Moments,” a program that offers free piano lessons to Veterans. The goal of “Musical Moments” is to “integrate creative musical expression with proven bio-psycho-social strategies” and help veterans who are and may be wounded physically or emotionally to tap into their personal creativity (“The Institute”).

Best Community for Music Education

Millersville University’s close community partner, the School District of Lancaster, has been named to the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation’s list of Best Communities for Music Education in 2014.

SWAN in Collaboration with Millersville Music Students Awarded

On April 7, 2014, Millersville University Department of Music’s community partner SWAN was awarded the Distinguished Civic Leadership Award at Millersville University’s Civic and Community Engagement and Research Project’s award ceremony.

LAUNCH Music Festival

For the sixth year in a row the LAUNCH Music Conference Festival has brought together two aspects of the music industry by combining both a music conference and festival right here in Downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Master Class with George Tsontaki

On April 4 during a Master Class hour piano session, students Sharon Ho and Steven Gao had the privilege of performing piano pieces for renowned “composer, conductor and audience music educator” George Tsontakis (" Pytheas).

Millersville University Percussion Ensemble

The Millersville University Percussion Studio was extremely active during the 2013-2014 academic year. From performing concerts and recitals to hosting guest artists for events to being involved in community programs, the year proved to be successful in all areas.

John Maurer Nationally Recognized Trumpeter

Millersville University music alum John Maurer has had the wonderful opportunity to be recognized as a semi-finalist in the 2014 National Trumpet Competition (NTC) at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Piano Students to be featured with Allegro Lancaster Chamber Orchestra

Millersville music students Sarah Newswanger, a senior majoring in music and Steven Gao, Pre College Music Division student, will be playing with Allegro Lancaster Chamber Orchestra this coming fall.

The Disklavier Education Network: An Innovative Form of Auditioning

Millersville University has been afforded the privilege to be one of 18 collegiate institutions to use the Disklavier Education Network to audition potential piano students.

Creating Commercials with Manheim Central Students, November 2013

This past November Dr. Barry Atticks, Director of the Music Business Technology Program, and Dr. Christy Banks, Assistant Music Department and Recruitment Chair, and Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone held a music seminar at Manheim Central Middle School.

Visitors from the China Conservatory of Music

Millersville University music department had a great privilege of welcoming four faculty members and eight students from the piano department of the China Conservatory of Music from Beijing into the Biemesderfer Concert Hall on April 24.

Music Business Technology Alum Jess Taleff Shares Details of Her Internship

By finishing my coursework in three years, I was able to spend my entire senior year completing music industry internships in the U.S. and abroad.

James Armstrong to Brazil

Millersville University instructor of percussion, James Armstrong, recently completed a two-week residency in Salvador, Bahia and in Itabaiana, Sergipe, two cities in Brazil.

MU Professor Emeritus and Composer Discusses Mariachi

Sy Brandon is a professor emeritus of music from Millersville University, where he taught composition, electronic music, low brass, music history, music industry and orchestration for 24 years.

Loop 2.4.3 | November 2013

This past November, New York-based LOOP 2.4.3 spent a short residency at Millersville University Department of Music participating in the Fall Percussion Extravaganza.

Music Business Technology Unmask Day

The Millersville Music Department sponsored a large recruitment event, “Unmask the World of Music Business and Technology” on October 31, 2013 to attract the next class of Music Business Technology majors.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS FOR THE 2013 – 2014 YEAR

Please join us in congratulating this year's Scholarship Recipients!

The Melva S. Mcllwaine Master Class and Concert Endowment

Melva S. Mcllwaine, who died in 2009, was an avid lover of music and extraordinary contributor, both to the community and the program at Millersville University.

Upcoming Events

  • September 13 at 4-8 p.m.: Rock the Dock
  • September 21 at 2:30 p.m.: RECITAL, FACULTY: "An Exploration of Musicial Innovation!" - Christy Banks, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • September 27 at 07:30 p.m.: CONCERT: "Choral Kaleidoscope Concert" - Choral Ensembles, Clair, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • October 4 at 7:30 p.m.: RECITAL, FACULTY: "Fantastic Conversations" - Anita Renfroe & Xun Pans, The Ware Center. $15 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • October 5, at 2:30 p.m.: RECITAL, FACULTY: "Works for Percussion and Beyond" - Jim Armstrong, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • October 8 at 7:30 p.m.: CONCERT: "An Evening with Berlin Philharmonic Clarinetist, Wenzel Fuchs", in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $18 Gen; $5 students; MU Students FREE with ID
  • October 15 at 3-4 p.m.: MASTER CLASS: McIlwaine Masterclass - Rodney Mack, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University.
  • October 16: “Brass Fest De’Ville” (all day event - $10 Gen)
  • October 16 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.: CONCERT: Rodney Mack, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University.
  • October 19 at 2:30: CONCERT: "Invitation to the Dance" Orch/WE/CB, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • October 23: “Jump Start Your Career as a Music Educator” (all day event-Free for HS Students)
  • October 30: “Unmask the World of Music, Business, and Technology” (all day event - Free for HS Students)
  • October 31 at 7:30 p.m.: CONCERT: "Jazz at the 'Ville: Trick or Treat with a Beat!" - Jazz Lab and Ensemble, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • November 2 at 2:30 p.m.: RECITAL, FACULTY: "Dueling Organists" - Ross Ellison, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • November 7 at 7:30 p.m.: CONCERT: "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" - Choral Ensembles (Cantilena & Glee), in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • November 8 at 7:30 p.m.: CONCERT: "Music of the British Isles" - Choral Ensembles (UChoir & Chorale), in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • November 10: “Shadow Day - Spend-a-Day as a Music Major!” (all day event - Free for HS Students)
  • November 14 at 7:30 p.m.: CONCERT: "Haydn's "Farewell" " - Orchestra in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University
  • November 15 at 7:30 p.m.: RECITAL, FACULTY: "Trio Clavino in Concert" - Xun Pan & Trio Clavino The Ware Center
  • , $15 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • November 16 at 2:30 p.m.: CONCERT: "Home on the Grainger" CB/WE in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • November 16 at 7:30 p.m.: CONCERT: Fall Percussion Extravaganza in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • November 21 at 7:30 : CONCERT: Daniel Romain: Civil Rights as Democratic vistas, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $15 Gen; MU Students 5
  • December 6 at 4:00 : CONCERT: Glorious Sounds of the Season, Clair, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $16 General (Advance); $20 General (At Door); $5 Students with MU ID (Saturday Only)
  • December 6 at 7:30 : CONCERT: Glorious Sounds of the Season, Clair, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $16 General (Advance); $20 General (At Door); $5 Students with MU ID (Saturday Only)
  • December 7 at 2:30 : CONCERT: Glorious Sounds of the Season, Clair, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $16 General (Advance); $20 General (At Door); $5 Students with MU ID (Saturday Only)
  • Feburay 8 at 2:30 p.m. : SCHOLARSHIP: Vyner Competition, Steinman Hall, Ware Center. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • Feburay 20 at 7:30 p.m. : CONCERT: Jazz at the 'Ville, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • February 20: “Jazz Band Invitational” with Guest Artist Pete McGuinness
  • Feburay 22 at 2:30 p.m. : RECITAL, FACULTY: "Updated Ancients" - Anita Renfroe (with Sonia Lee), in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • Feburay 27 at 7:30 p.m. : CONCERT: "Winner's Circle" Orchestra, Steinman Hall, Ware Center. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • Feburay 28 at 7:30 p.m. : RECITAL, FACULTY: "Raising "Cane": A Devilishly Fun Single Reed Concert" - Christy Banks,in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • March 1 at 2:30 p.m. : CONCERT: "Wind Band Composition Award Winners" CB/WE,in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • March 20 at 7:30 p.m. : CONCERT: "Sing of Spring in Full-Swing" - Choral Ensembles (Women's, Glee, Chromatic Expansion),in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • March 21 at 7:30 p.m. : CONCERT: "Choral Gems of Germany, Vienna, and Venice" - Choral Ensembles (UChoir & Chorale),in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • March 29 at 2:30 p.m. : CONCERT: Percussion Ensemble Showcase (Perc Ens & Lanc All-Star),in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • April 2 at 7:30 p.m. : FACULTY RECITAL: "MU Faculty & Friends Recital" Sara Male, Jim Armstrong, Mike Vitale, Xun Pan,Ware center. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • April 17 at 7:30 p.m. : CONCERT: "Artistry and Art Works of Composer and Conductor, Dr. Timothy Mahr" CB/WE,in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • April 18 All Day : Single Reed Symposium (10th Annual), Millersville University. $15 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • April 18 7:30 p.m.: CONCERT: Jazz and Java (Jazz Bands), Gordinier, Lehr Room. $15 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • April 24 7:30 p.m.: CONCERT: Chamber/World Percussion Concert, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • April 25 All Day: WORKSHOP: Percussive Arts Society "Day of Percussion", Millersville University. $5-active PAS members; $10-general; Evening Gala Concert-$10-general/free MU
  • May 1 at 7:30 p.m.: CONCERT: "Orchestral Masterworks" Orchestra, Ware Center. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
  • May 3 at 2:30 p.m.: CONCERT: "Mostly Mozart Choral Collage Concert" - Choral Ensembles (Chorale, UChoir, Cantilena, Glee), Clair Hall, The Winter Center. $10 Gen; MU Students FREE with ID
 
 
 

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