Special Concert Series
Great American Jazz Series
A special component of the UNF Jazz Studies Program is the Great American Jazz Series, which regularly brings in stellar jazz artists as residents. This series, along with other opportunities, has enabled Jazz Ensemble I to perform in concert with more than 100 esteemed artists, such as:
- Herbie Hancock
- The Count Basie Orchestra
- Pat Metheny
- Michael Brecker
- Dave Brubeck
- Dianne Reeves
- Arturo Sandoval
- Jimmy Heath
- Wynton Marsalis
- Branford Marsalis
- Kurt Elling
- Doc Severinsen
To see a full list of artists, click here.
The Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Series
Music enthusiasts and friends will enjoy this colorful and intriguing series that offers a diverse range of music from tango music for flute and guitar to Brahms' clarinet quintet to the russian school of virtuosic piano master pieces. As part of the mission for the Cummer Family Foundation Series, the UNF School of Music presents World music as an all inclusive form of human expression, from Western to Eastern Music, and beyond World Music. Artists have included:
- Eric P. Mandat, clarinet
- Layali El Andalus
- John Sampen, saxophone and Mark Bunce, composer/engineer
- Music from The Copland House Chamber Group
- Riley Lee, Australia's Only Grand Master of the Shakuhachi
- Cypress String Quartet
- Chih-Yi Chen, piano
- Eva Amsler, flute and Leo Welch, guitar
- Tali Morgulis, piano
- Cypress String Quartet
- Gene Koshinski, percussionist and composer
- The Meehan/Perkins Duo
Featured Annual Events
Florida Clarinet Extravaganza!
This event was founded in 2009 by Dr. Guy Yehuda as a way for students and faculty to enjoy masterclasses, performances, and presentations by talented clarinet professionals. The annual event usually runs for four days and has featured the following:
- James Campbell
- Richard Stoltzman
- David Etheridge
- Julia Heinen
- Michael Lowenstern
- Caroline Hartig
- Jacksonville Symphony Clarinet Section
- Selmer Paris, Leblanc and Buffet Crampon Showcase
An Upbeat Pink musical tribute celebrates breast cancer awareness month. The annual event features the UNF Wind Symphony, Dr. Edith Perez, and special guests from the community.
Mark Workman, UNF's provost and vice president for academic affairs, summed up the concert and its benefits when he said,
"On their surface, music and breast cancer would appear to have precious little to do with each other. Upon reflection, however, I believe that each informs and is illuminated by the other in genuinely profound ways.
Breast cancer engages us in a contest with mortality. None of us will live forever, but all of us wish to be in command of the time and manner of our demise. What we are here today to celebrate is precisely the genius of our researchers and the determination and tenacity of breast cancer survivors that allows them to do just that; taken together, their genius and their determination prove that our noble physicians and our courageous mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, nieces, aunts, and girlfriends can indeed dictate the conditions and quality of life rather than being the passive victims of a force beyond their control.
What music bears witness to, it seems to me, is something similar. On the one hand music gives voice to the relentlessly enigmatic nature of human being, with all its pain, its joy, its despair, its hope, and its unpredictability. At the same time, unlike an unanswered ringing telephone, music never merely arbitrarily stops. Rather, through its remarkable organization of complex sound, its ability to always reach perfect closure regardless of the dissonance that might precede the last note, the best musical compositions invariably finish in a perfectly deliberate, seemingly inevitable fashion. In doing so, music powerfully reaffirms the ability of human beings to gain mastery of their lives even when aspects of those lives defy human understanding . . .
. . . In concert with one another, our breast cancer survivors, our physicians, and our musicians provide exquisite testament not just to our human frailty but also to our human strength, testament not just to our inescapable finitude but also to the transcendent spirit to which it gives rise."
UNF Opera Ensemble Presents
The UNF Opera Ensemble was established in 2006 shortly after the appointment of Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki as the Head of Applied Voice at the UNF School of Music. Comprised and cast entirely from undergraduate voice majors, the UNF Opera Ensemble focuses on skill development, stagecraft, and theatrical experience through production and performance of complete, vocally suitable operatic works with orchestra.
UNF Opera Ensemble also engages in community outreach, student recruitment, and promotion of operatic arts in the community. This young group has already performed numerous concerts of operatic excerpts and took part in various community events including complete concert performance of:
- Dido & Aeneas
- Amahl and the Night Visitors
- Suor Angelica
- Hansel & Gretel
- The Magic Flute
- The Consul
- The Marriage of Figaro
- Cosi Fan Tutte
- Gianni Schicchi
Feast of Carols
UNF’s annual holiday choral event shares holiday music, audience sing-a-longs, and a performance together in a collaborative chorus finale to celebration the holiday season. The holiday performance features the UNF Chorale, Orchestra, and Brass Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Cara Tasher, along with featured guests from local singing organizations and UNF ensembles.