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choir dressed in black stands in the Vatican

May 29, 2024

NC State Chorale Performs in Italy

From May 5-13, the chorale embarked on a nine-day performance tour in Italy, performing in Rome, Florence, Venice and Vatican City. Written by Andrew Schnittker. 

A student drum major leads their marching band section through a performance in front of a European castle.

Aug 17, 2023

Performing Across The Pond

In May 2023, the Department of Performing Arts and Technology added another stamp to its passport as the two ensembles traveled to Great Britain for three exciting performances. 

Instructor conducts a student jazz orchestra.

Aug 15, 2023

On the Air: A Podcast Conversation (ft. Wes Parker)

It isn’t every day that you hear a familiar voice on a podcast. Hosted by Howie Ledford, the North Carolina Music Educators Association’s NCMEA Podcast examines various topics relating to music education. The podcast’s most recent episode features none other than Wes Parker. Parker is a teaching professor, director of jazz studies and conductor of… 

Feb 17, 2022

Guest recital by pianist Ryan Fogg

Join us in Price Music Center for a guest piano recital by pianist Ryan Fogg, a Professor of Music and the Director of Keyboard Studies at Carson-Newman University. Fogg will perform selections by Frédéric Chopin. This recital is free and open to the public. Ryan Fogg, Pianist A Sampling of the Piano Music of Frédéric… 

The brickyard, seen from DH Hill library.

Sep 11, 2020

Orchestras and choirs prepare new music for virtual Brickyard debut

The challenges musicians are facing during the coronavirus pandemic are largely rooted in the inability to gather. Performance venues are closed, traveling is discouraged, and ensembles are unable to rehearse and perform together. Virtual choirs and orchestras are producing pre-recorded performances, editing together each musician’s individual recording into a group work. Musicians are live-streaming solo… 

Photograph of Mr. Chris Branam conducting the symphonic band, with students playing instruments in the foreground.

Jun 18, 2020

Branam chosen as quarterfinalist for Grammy Music Educator Award

Award recipients often say it’s an honor just to be nominated. That was certainly the case for Department of Music lecturer and director of summer music camps Chris Branam when he found out that several of his students nominated him for the 2021 Grammy Music Educator Award. With nearly 2,000 nominees, Branam thought that filling… 

Image of Dr. Gary Beckman teaching a course in arts entrepreneurship.

Apr 29, 2020

New tools to help musicians, arts businesses prepare for and navigate crises

When stay-at-home orders began to be implemented across the United States in response to the coronavirus, Department of Music teaching professor Gary Beckman realized that arts-based businesses would face unprecedented and unique challenges. For many musicians, theater companies and arts studios, in-person events, classes or exhibits are the core of their business model. Physical distancing… 

Apr 9, 2020

Finding Guam’s power sound

Meteorologist music alumni and twins Landon and Brandon Aydlett play the world’s grandest stages with the Guam Territorial Band. There’s something special about the bond between twins. For marching band alumni Landon and Brandon Aydlett, that bond includes a shared love of music, a shared career path, and a shared journey to the other side… 

Apr 8, 2020

The presidential playlist

Three Raleigh-based musicians with ties to NC State got the surprise of their lives when their song “Raleighwood Hills” made President Obama’s top music of 2019 list in December. There are moments in our lives that stay with us forever, shape who we become from that point forward, or alter the way we see the world.… 

Apr 8, 2020

Innovation in the piano classroom

Olga Kleiankina and a development team at DELTA are reimagining the way introductory piano courses are taught for a new generation of students. As the Department of Music expands its program offerings that explore the intersection between music and technology, faculty are seizing upon opportunities to incorporate new technologies into the classroom and innovate the…