music

‘Aaron Diehl is that musician’: Versatile pianist to perform in next Guest Artist recital

Randolph College’s Guest Artist Music Series continues later this month with a pianist who regularly straddles the line between classical and jazz. Aaron Diehl, the American Pianist Association’s 2011 Cole Porter Fellow, will perform on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Hall Theatre. “This is a unique occasion to bring such a versatile... READ MORE >>

RESCHEDULED: Pianist Richard Masters to perform ‘fun, eclectic recital’ at Randolph

Richard Masters

Randolph College’s Guest Artist Series is returning—live and in person. Richard Masters, an associate professor of piano and collaborative piano at Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts, will perform in Wimberly Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. “We’re thrilled to return to live performances this year and opening the Guest Artist Series with... READ MORE >>

Speer invited to conduct in Carnegie Hall this spring—and students can join him

Music professor Randall Speer recorded himself conducting with an accompanist to send to chorale and orchestra students, so they could record themselves performing along to the same master track. The video was shot from multiple angles to give each group a unique view.

Music professor Randall Speer has once again been invited to conduct in New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. This is the third time he has received the honor. On Friday, May 27, 2022, Speer will lead the New England Symphonic Ensemble and soloists in performing John Rutter’s The Falcon as part of MidAmerica Productions’s 2022 concert... READ MORE >>

Beck writes blog about benefits of active music-making

Sara Beck

Psychology professor Sara Beck published a blog for the Center for Scholars & Storytellers, a youth-centered organization that bridges the gap between social science research and media creation, this spring. Don’t Just Listen! The Social Benefits of Active Music-Making for Children appeared on the site in April. Beck wrote about how active music-making with young... READ MORE >>

The Masked Singers: Special masks allow Randolph music students to safely sing together

Kayla Morris' 22 uses a specially designed mask to sing during a class.

Much like in conversation, cloth or surgical masks can muffle sound. The singing masks now on the market extend a few inches from the wearer’s face.... READ MORE >>

Fiddler Andrew Finn Magill to perform virtually as part of guest artist residency

Magill will perform virtually on March 19, followed by a live Q&A with viewers. He’s also put together content for students in the Lynchburg City Schools strings program and will speak to the College’s B.F.A. Colloquium on March 18.... READ MORE >>

Randolph Together: Professors take online learning to a new level with creative ways to engage students

Music professor Randall Speer recorded himself conducting with an accompanist to send to chorale and orchestra students, so they could record themselves performing along to the same master track. The video was shot from multiple angles to give each group a unique view.

“I see our faculty’s response as not an isolated reaction to our current circumstance, but an extreme example of qualities that have long been strengths of the Randolph College faculty, like accessibility, student-centeredness, and empathy,” said Provost Carl Girelli. “Our faculty have met the shift to remote learning as a challenge and an opportunity to gain and share skills, many of which will enrich the academic experience beyond this moment of crisis.”... READ MORE >>

Hitting a new note: Randolph music faculty expand online instruction for students

Emily Chua playing piano in Wimberly Recital Hall at Randolph

As the fall semester begins, Randolph College professors are working to keep the music alive for students, thanks to lessons learned last spring.... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor discusses research in new webinar series

Psychology professor Sara Beck lectures during one of her classes at Randolph

Randolph psychology professor Sara Beck recently brought her research about children and their engagement with music to a new webinar series created by opera singer Renée Fleming. Music and Mind with Renée Fleming, which launched in mid-May, features Fleming talking to experts in fields like childhood development, healthy aging, pain and anxiety management, and rehabilitation... READ MORE >>

Randolph Announces 2019-2020 Academic and Leadership Awards

Randolph College banner in front of Main Hall

Academic Awards Art and Art History Outstanding First Year: Aisha Downs Rachel Trexler Ellis ’44 Art Prize for Excellence in Art: Lewis Ward Awarded annually with preference given to a graduating senior studio art major. The criteria for the selection shall include inherent artistic talent and academic performance, along with the intention to pursue a... READ MORE >>