Music

Sound check: Summer Research examines natural, acoustic properties of Randolph performance venues

Hailey Gilman plays flute while the rest of the group watches the audio frequency levels

In 1969, American composer Alvin Lucier recorded a monologue called “I Am Sitting in a Room” and played the audio from a speaker into a microphone multiple times at various distances and frequencies. Eventually, after multiple iterations, all that was left to be heard were the high-pitched, natural, resonant overtones of the room. “It sounds... READ MORE >>

Chua serves on panel for North Carolina Arts Council

Music professor Emily Chua and other panelists on the Composer Artist Fellowship Panel

Music professor Emily Yap Chua recently served on the Composer Artist Fellowship Panel for the North Carolina Arts Council in Raleigh, N.C. The panel reviewed works by composers in a wide range of styles and selected three fellowship recipients. Along with Chua, other panelists included Mélisse Brunet of Appalachian State University, and Keith Davis of... READ MORE >>

Lift every voice: New initiative exposes Randolph students to underrepresented musical artists

Katherine Jolly, winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals, and music professor Emily Yap Chua performed a song cycle by African-American composer Evan Williams at Randolph

Music professor Emily Yap Chua believes every musical work is a manifestation of the composer’s lived experiences. That’s why she teaches her students about the well-known artists throughout history, such as Bach and Beethoven, but also about current-day composers from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. “It’s not just about the book study of... READ MORE >>

Randolph music professor selected to direct first-ever musical production in historic theater

Randall Speer

Randolph music professor Randall Speer has been chosen as music director for the Academy Center of the Arts’ first-ever music theater production, Follies, on its newly renovated historic stage. Tickets are now on sale for the show, which opens May 10. A true theatrical event, this legendary masterpiece is considered by many to be the... READ MORE >>

Spring concert to feature students, faculty, and Lynchburg community musicians

The Spring Concert in Houston Memorial Chapel in 2015

Randolph will hold its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Houston Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public and will feature students in the College’s Chorale, Chamber Orchestra, as well as faculty and Lynchburg community members. This year, the Court Street United Methodist Choir will join... READ MORE >>

Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra Concert to feature Randolph faculty

Randall Speer

Music professor Randall Speer will guest conduct the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra strings and percussion at Court Street United Methodist Church in downtown Lynchburg on April 6 at 7 p.m. The program will highlight “The King of Instruments,” the pipe organ, with Carol Williams, an acclaimed organist and adjunct instructor of music at Randolph. Featured works... READ MORE >>

Randolph music professor to perform at Mercyhurst, Susquehanna universities 

Emily Chua playing piano in Wimberly Recital Hall at Randolph

Music professor Emily Yap Chua has upcoming piano performances at two universities in Pennsylvania. She will perform in Mercyhurst University’s Walker Recital Hall on Monday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Roche Guest Artist Series. She will also lead a master class for students. On Wednesday, March 20, she will play works... READ MORE >>

Vazquez earns statewide honors for voice performance

Joe Vazquez '20 performs in Randolph's Wimberly Recital Hall in 2018.

Joe Vazquez ’20 received honors at the recent Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions. The statewide conference was held at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va. Vazquez auditioned in the Lower College Men, Classical, category, which included performers who have been studying voice at the college level for less than... READ MORE >>

Veteran of national opera stage headlines first Guest Artist Recital of 2019

(clockwise, from left) Katherine Jolly, Emily Yap Chua, and Andrew Gabbert

Katherine Jolly, a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals and music professor at Indiana University, will perform alongside pianist and Randolph music professor Emily Yap Chua and cellist Andrew Gabbert in the next Guest Artist/Faculty Recital on Saturday, Jan. 19. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in Wimberly Recital Hall and... READ MORE >>

Chamber Orchestra teams up with guest artist, Opera on the James for fall concert

Smith Hall Theatre

Randolph College will host its annual Fall Orchestra Concert on Friday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Hall Theatre, inside Smith Memorial Building. The event is free and open to the public. This year’s performance will feature Randolph Chamber Orchestra musicians along with guest artist Corrine Byrne (soprano) and Tyler Young Artists from Opera... READ MORE >>