music

Silent film and organ music? Oh, my! Music department to host Spooky Night at Randolph

Poster for Spooky Night at Randolph event

Randolph College’s music department will host a new Halloween-themed event that features the screening of a silent movie and creepy organ music. This family-friendly event, called A Spooky Night at Randolph, is free and open to the public and will take place Saturday, October 26, at 7 p.m. in Houston Memorial Chapel. “This is a... READ MORE >>

Pianist Sean Chen set to dazzle audiences with guest artist recital

Sean Chen

Praised for his “alluring, colorfully shaded renditions” (The New York Times) and lauded as a “thoughtful musician well beyond his years” (The Republic), pianist Sean Chen will make his Lynchburg debut in a solo recital at Randolph on October 10. The program is free and open to the public, and begins at 7:30 p.m. in... READ MORE >>

Randolph kicks off guest artist music series with performance by virtuoso violinist

Christina Nam

Virtuoso violinist and 2019 National YoungArts Winner Christina Nam is the featured musician in Randolph’s first guest artist recital of fall 2019. She will perform alongside music professor Emily Yap Chua (piano) on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. in Wimberly Recital Hall, located inside Presser Hall. The event is free and open to the... READ MORE >>

New CD project addressing world issues features Randolph music professor

Emily Yap Chua

Randolph music professor Emily Yap Chua is featured on the newly released CD, Preach Sister, Preach. Chua was the pianist for the project, which was partially funded by a grant from Indiana University’s New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Program. She partnered with soprano Katherine Jolly in recording the album. Jolly, formerly on the... READ MORE >>

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 >>