MU Percussion Ensemble Had Successful Year

It has been an extremely active and successful year for the Millersville University Percussion Ensemble (MUPE), as the musicians have spent months hosting and playing several events under the direction of James Armstrong, instructor of percussion.

In November of 2012, the ensemble hosted jazz vibraphone virtuoso Tony Miceli for the “Fall Percussion Extravaganza.” Among the jazz percussion oriented program the ensemble premiered “Weiss Guy,” a collaborative composition between Miceli and Armstrong written specifically for the MU ensemble. MUPE was later a featured ensemble in the celebrated “Glorious Sounds of the Season” gala in early December.

MUPE hosted the annual “Percussion Ensemble Showcase” on April 21 that featured the Millersville Ensemble, the Lancaster All Star High School Percussion Ensemble and special guest Kutztown University Percussion Ensemble. The beginning of May brought a flurry of activity with a Chamber Percussion Concert that featured ensemble members as soloists and small chamber ensembles. The concert featured staple percussion works by John Cage, Steve Reich, Russell Peck and others.

On May 4, the Millersville University Percussion Studio hosted the Pennsylvania Percussive Arts Society’s (PAS) “Day of Percussion.” Over 150 performers and attendees took part in this statewide event featuring performances by regional high school and college percussion ensembles and such notable guest artists as marimba virtuoso (and 2013 PAS Hall of Fame inductee) Gordon Stout, retired Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Percussionist (and world renowned pedagogue) Alan Abel and others. The event culminated in a gala concert featuring guest artists, ensembles and Millersville percussion students. Percussion students were also heavily involved in other music department ensembles, such Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band and others, each presenting several concerts during the year.

In addition to these performances, members of the percussion studio presented solo repertoires at weekly department recitals and audition day welcome concerts. PORTAL PERCUSSION GROUP, a subset of MUPE comprised of upperclassmen percussionists, were featured at several events, as well as the Central New York PAS Day of Percussion in April. This ensemble was also involved with the “Music in the Schools” program (established and coordinated by director James Armstrong) that provides free concerts and educational music presentations throughout the Lancaster City School District.

Finally, several students within the percussion studio were active as core members for the newly formed “partnersCAMPUS” group, an organization established through Non–Governmental Organization (NGO) Partners of the Americas that creates and maintains international cultural and educational exchanges. In February partnersCAMPUS hosted Choral Conductor Angelo Rafael Fonseca from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

 

Upcoming Events

  • September 8 at 2:30 p.m.: The Faculty Recital for James Armstrong, percussion, in the Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is $10 for general admission and free for students with Millersville ID.
  • September 21 at 4:30 p.m.: The Senior Recital for Chris Koehler, guitar, in the Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • September 21 at 07:30 p.m.: The Junior Recital for Chad Wynn, vocals, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • September 22 at 02:30 p.m.: The Faculty Recital for Dr. Anita Boyle Renfroe, Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is open to the public. Tickets cost $10 for general admission; MU students are free with ID.
  • September 23 at 3:00 p.m.: The Daniel Roumain Master Class in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.
  • September 28, at 7:30 p.m.: The Senior Recital for Nathanael Dazinger, piano, Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • October 5 at 4:30 p.m.: The Junior Recital for Emma Noble and Andrea Kurnat, cello, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • October 5 at 7:30 p.m.: The Junior Recital for Sarah Newswanger, piano, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • October 6 at 02:30 p.m.: The Millersville University Wind Ensemble in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is $10 for general admission and free for students with Millersville ID.
  • October 18 2013 at 7:30 p.m.: Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is open to the public. Tickets cost $10 for general admission, MU students are free with ID.
  • October 19 at 4:30 p.m.: The Senior Recital for Chelsea Snow, vocals, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • October 19 at 7:30 p.m.: The Senior Recital for Elina Sergeyev, piano, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • October 31 at 9:00 a.m.: Music Business and Technology Open House, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public.
  • November 2 at 7:30 p.m.: The Junior Recital for Sharon Ho, piano in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • November 3 at 2:00 p.m.: The Senior Recital for David Mengel, trumpet, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • November 3 at 4:30 p.m.: The Senior Recital for Jennifer Kelman, vocals, in Biemesderfer Concert The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • November 15 at 7:30 p.m.: To the Colors with The Millersville University Orchestra, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble, in Clair Performance Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is open to the public. This event is $10 for general admission and free for students with Millersville ID.
  • November 16 at 7:30 p.m. : Faculty Recital for Jose' Garcia and Kristin Sims in Steinman Hall at The Ware Center , Millersville University Lancaster. This event is $10 for general admission and free for students with Millersville ID.
  • November 20 at 7:30 p.m.: The Fall Percussion Extravaganza, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is $10 for general admission and free for students with Millersville ID.
  • November 23 at 7:30 p.m.: Choral Ensembles Concert in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is $10 for general admission and free for students with Millersville ID.
  • Note: To obtain tickets (whether it’s a paid event or free), you can stop by the ticket office in the Student Memorial Center at, 21 S. George St. (Room 103), the ticket office at The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., you can call 717-872-3811, or reserve them online at www.muticketsonline.com. The ticket offices are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Winter Center and The Ware Center ticket offices will be open one hour prior to show time.

 

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