News at Townsend School of Music

February 22, 2017
Mercer University, in an effort to raise awareness and funds to restore Macon’s legendary Capricorn Studios, partnered with alumnus and Grammy-nominated producer Steve Ivey for a recording session on Dec. 7. 
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February 13, 2017
Mercer University and the Townsend School of Music are proud to announce a gala concert on Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. in New York City’s revered Carnegie Hall. 
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January 24, 2017
Hailed as “an important new force in the chamber music arena” with a “dream-team line-up” by Strings magazine, the Ehnes Quartet consists of James Ehnes, violin; Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin; Richard O’Neill, viola; Edward Arron, cello. Fresh off a triumphant tour of South Korea and a new classical album release receiving stellar reviews, the Ehnes Quartet brings its power, poise and passion to Mercer University’s Fickling Hall on Feb. 6. 
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January 19, 2017
Maestro Adrian Gnam, director of the International Conductors Workshop and Competition (ICWC), today announced the winners of the 14th annual ICWC, held Jan. 13-16 at Lanier High School in Atlanta.  
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December 21, 2016
It was 1958 when the Chipmunks recorded The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late). More than 4 million copies were sold in seven weeks. The novelty song won three Grammy Awards and was nominated for the record of the year. The popularity of the Chipmunks led to comic books, three TV shows: The Alvin Show, Alvin and the Chipmunks and ALVINNN!!! And the Chipmunks. In addition, there have been 8 Alvin and the Chipmunk films grossing more than $1,381,630,866.
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December 21, 2016
The Mercer University Opera will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers Jan. 13-15 at Neva Langley Fickling Hall on Mercer’s Macon campus.
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December 6, 2016
The Mercer Brass Quintet had the privilege to perform at the Governor's Mansion Sunday, Dec. 4 during the annual Tree Lighting ceremony. The tradition allows families to create holiday memories at the "People's House."
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December 5, 2016
Mercer University and the Townsend School of Music are proud to announce a gala concert at New York City’s revered Carnegie Hall. The Mercer University Choir and Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Ensemble will present solo works with a variety of musical pieces tailored to their strengths and experience.  
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November 17, 2016
Mercer University continues to raise awareness and funds to restore Macon’s legendary Capricorn Studios by partnering with Mercer alumnus and Grammy-nominated producer Steve Ivey for a recording session on Dec. 7.
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November 11, 2016
The Townsend School of Music at Mercer University will offer a variety of concerts and chamber recitals, most of which are free and open to the public, in November and December to help celebrate and usher in the upcoming holidays.
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October 3, 2016
Classes are now in full swing in the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University. It has been a great start.  Eager, wild-eyed in-coming students, combined with enthusiastic veterans, have created an energy and vitality that is sadly missed during the summer.
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July 14, 2016
Dear New and Returning Brass, Woodwind and Percussion Instrumentalists-Mercer Wind Ensemble/Jazz Ensemble, I hope your summer has been going great!
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June 15, 2016
Amy Schwartz Moretti, a member of the Ehnes Quartet and director of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, a special institute within Mercer’s Townsend School of Music, is traveling to Seoul, South Korea, to perform all 17 of Beethoven’s quartets over six concerts in 17 days. The group will leave the U.S. on June 17, and the first concert will take place June 25 at the IBK Chamber Hall in Seoul.
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May 9, 2016
MACON – Jasmine Bailey, a senior in Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music, has been named a winner of the 2016 National Flute Association’s (NFA) Collegiate Flute Choir Competition. Bailey is one of 24 college students from across the country selected by audition to rehearse and perform with the 2016 Collegiate Flute Choir during the 44th Annual NFA Convention held Aug. 11-14 in San Diego.
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April 27, 2016
Nearly 2,000 students will graduate in five Mercer University commencements during May in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah. The University will confer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as honorary degrees to State Rep. Larry J. (Butch) Parrish and musician Gregg Allman.
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April 15, 2016
Mercer University's Townsend School of Music will present highly acclaimed pianist Andre Watts on April 23.
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April 5, 2016
Zhihao Wu, a sophomore cellist at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, placed second in the Music Teachers National Association’s 2016 Young Artist String Competition.
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April 4, 2016
The third annual Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Award will be presented to pianist Susan McDuffie on April 8. The award is given to an individual who has exhibited a strong dedication to and support for the arts, and by extension, for one’s community and its future.
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March 28, 2016
The Townsend School of Music at Mercer University will offer a variety of concerts and chamber recitals in April, most of which are free and open to the public.
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March 24, 2016
Mercer University will hold its sixth annual Breakthroughs in Engagement, Arts and Research (BEAR) Day and 15th annual Engineering Expo April 7-8 to showcase outstanding student research and special projects from the College of Liberal Arts, Stetson School of Business and Economics, Townsend School of Music and School of Engineering.
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March 17, 2016
The closing concert of Mercer University’s 2015-16 Fabian Concert Series will feature an all-faculty ensemble, The Cortona Trio, on Tuesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m.
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February 1, 2016
The Townsend School of Music at Mercer University will offer a variety of concerts and chamber recitals in February, most of which are free and open to the public.
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January 11, 2016
The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, a special institute within Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music, presents “What Color is Your Brother? An Exploration of Race Through Words and Music” on Saturday, Feb. 27. The free, community performance will take place at The Grand Opera House in Macon.
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January 7, 2016
Mercer’s Townsend School of Music would like to welcome all prospective piano students grades 8th-12th, teachers and parents to discover the piano at Mercer University.
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December 18, 2015
Start the new year with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s iconic American classic, as the Mercer University Opera presents Oklahoma!, Jan. 21-23, at The Grand Opera House.
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December 14, 2015
GPB Television will air the program statewide at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. A radio version of the program will also air at the same time on GPB stations across the state. For air dates and times outside of Georgia, check your local station listings.
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November 24, 2015
The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, a special institute within Mercer University's Townsend School of Music, presents the Mendelssohn Sextet, Tuesday, Dec. 1, as part of the Fabian Concert Series. The performance will take place in Fickling Hall at 7:30 p.m.
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October 14, 2015
Mercer University's Townsend School of Music will open the Joan Stockstill Godsey Concert Series Tuesday, Oct. 20, with a performance by distinguished faculty artist Elizabeth Pridgen and guest pianist Julie Coucheron.
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October 5, 2015
The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, a special institute within Mercer University's Townsend School of Music, presents the Beethoven Septet, Tuesday, Oct. 13, as part of the Fabian Concert Series.
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September 24, 2015
Mercer University sophomore Zach Smith was one of four college students recently awarded a scholarship by the Steinway Society of Atlanta.
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