Florida Southern music department shares
activities with the community
LAKELAND, Fla. (Nov. 29, 2004) - Florida Southern's music department faculty
members have shared their talents with the community in a variety of ways in recent weeks. Several of their activities are presented below.
Dr. Larry Sledge coordinated the college's hosting of the American Choral Directors' Association annual state conference Nov. 4-6. This conference brought high school and college choral directors from throughout the state to the campus for presentations and performances by nationally known clinicians and conductors. In addition, on Nov. 9 the Concert Chorale performed, under Sledge's direction, for Lakeland's Tuesday Music Club, as did several vocal soloists under the direction of Diane Stahl and John Thomasson. Dr. Anne Kerr, president of the college, was the guest speaker at the event. Sledge also directed the Lakeland Choral Society performing a concert of important choral works on Nov. 21 at the First Presbyterian Church.
On Nov. 7 Dr. Jo Jossim prepared and conducted the Hollingsworth Winds, a "town and gown" wind ensemble with leading musicians
from throughout the area, in a performance on the Branscomb Auditorium stage. This performance marked the second season of the elite ensemble. Jossim also participated with Brian Brink in a Band Day, held Nov. 18 in Branscomb Auditorium. Instrumental groups from the FSC symphony band and chamber ensembles performed for 1,100 area middle and high school students and their music directors.
The New Music Ensemble of Florida Southern College, under the direction of Arthur Pranno, performed Nov. 20 in the Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall, presenting important contemporary works.
Adjunct harp instructor Dolly Roberts was featured guest artist with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra's subscription concert Nov. 9. Arthur Pranno served as concertmaster.
Rita Fandrich and Paula Parsché adjudicated competitive piano events during the first week of November, Fandrich in Georgia and Parsché in Ocala, Fla.
Adjunct guitar instructor Eddy Lugo performed with the Florida Orchestra in Tampa on Nov. 12.
About Florida Southern College
Founded in 1885, Florida Southern College is a private, comprehensive, United Methodist college with a liberal arts core. The college maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 38 undergraduate majors and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 14:1 student/faculty ratio, provides strong student/faculty mentorship programs, boasts 24 NCAA Division II national championships, and is ranked by U. S. News and World Report as one of the top ten Southern Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelors. Located on scenic Lake Hollingsworth, Florida Southern is the home of the world's largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.