Music

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 >>

Female performers, composers to star in upcoming Guest Artist/Faculty Recital featuring Corrine Byrne

Corrine Byrne and Emily Yap Chua

Though Corrine Byrne, a New York-based soprano, and Emily Yap Chua, pianist and Randolph music professor, are the featured performers at the next Guest Artist/Faculty Recital on Tuesday, November 13, the concert will also highlight a wide range of accomplished female composers. The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 7:30... READ MORE >>

Acclaimed cellist to perform at Randolph College

Michael Samis and Emily Yap Chua

Praised for his “consummate musicianship” (Fanfare Magazine) and “commanding technique,” (Nashville Scene) cellist Michael Samis will perform in a Guest Artist Recital with pianist Emily Yap Chua at Randolph on Friday, October 19. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Wimberly Recital Hall, inside Presser Hall, and is free and open to the public. For the concert, Samis and... READ MORE >>

Guest Artist Recital to feature English hornist from Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Monica Fosnaugh and Emily Yap Chua

Randolph College’s first Guest Artist Recital of the 2018-19 academic year will feature Monica Fosnaugh, English hornist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), and Emily Yap Chua, a renowned pianist and Randolph music professor. The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled Friday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Wimberly Recital... READ MORE >>

Music department announces diversity initiative

A concert by the music department in Smith Hall Theatre

This fall, the Randolph College music department will emphasize cultural and ethnic diversity in its repertoire as part of the “Lift Every Voice” initiative. “The music department will focus on more diverse representation in the selections we offer our students and the community,” said Emily Yap Chua, music professor and chair of the department. “Every... READ MORE >>

Randolph students participate and perform in Varna International Music Academy

Lindsay Mohler '18, Cristina Evans '18, and Helena Zirkle '20 (all in the back) participate in one of the orchestral performances

Music professor Randall Speer and six Randolph students recently participated in the Varna International Music Academy in Varna, Bulgaria, where they honed their skills and performed alongside musicians from around the world. Speer, Hailey Gilman ’21, Carly Stirewalt ’21, and Louisa Carlson ’20 completed a two-week choral and orchestral residency. In addition to the residency,... READ MORE >>

Speer slated for collaborations with Opera on the James, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra

Randall Speer

Music professor Randall Speer has been selected to conduct two of Lynchburg’s premier musical groups in special concerts during the upcoming academic year. First, he will conduct Opera on the James Tyler Young Artists along with the Randolph College Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge. This work—the shortest one-act... READ MORE >>

Randolph music professor set to perform at National Opera Center

Emily Yap Chua

Randolph music professor Emily Yap Chua will perform on piano with tenor David Tayloe at the National Opera Center at Opera America in New York City on Sunday, July 15. Chua and Tayloe will present a recital with works by Benjamin Britten, Hugo Wolf, and Gerald Finzi’s “A Young Man’s Exhortation.” The concert will take... READ MORE >>

Randolph presents 2018 Academic and Leadership Awards

Randolph College Banner

Randolph College presented numerous  students on Wednesday with academic and leadership awards. The annual Academic and Leadership Awards ceremony honors students who excelled in their academic performance as well as demonstrated leadership at the College. Academic Awards Art and Art History Rachel Trexler Ellis ’44 Art Prize for Excellence: Morgan Osburn and Stacey Samuels Best... READ MORE >>

Randolph faculty member selected for return performance at Carnegie Hall

Randall Speer

Randolph music professor Randall Speer has been selected for an exclusive opportunity to conduct a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City in spring 2019. Speer will conduct two settings of Te Deum—one by French Baroque composer Marc Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704), the other by the British contemporary composer John Rutter (b. 1945) as part... READ MORE >>