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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 >>

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

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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

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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 >>

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 >>

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

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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 faculty member selected for return performance at Carnegie Hall

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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 >>

Grant will provide new instruments for Randolph College Chamber Orchestra

Randnolph College students and community musicians perform in a concert.

Randolph was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation that will be used to purchase new instruments for the Randolph College Chamber Orchestra. Founded in 2012, the musical group allows students to perform major works in chorus and orchestra in numerous public concerts each year. These concerts enable the College to... READ MORE >>

Endstation Theatre brings Million Dollar Quartet to Randolph

Preview performance Thursday in the Hampson Commons at Randolph College

When Randolph music professor Randy Speer dreams, sometimes the soundtrack to his unconscious state is the music he’s directing for an upcoming show. Since he is spending part of his summer as music director for Endstation Theatre Company’s production of Million Dollar Quartet, his head has been filled lately with the greatest hits of Elvis... READ MORE >>