SPC Music Faculty: On Stage and in the Studio

Music faculty work with SPC students

Check out some of the latest happenings and updates from St. Petersburg College Music faculty members.

Guitar faculty Joe Braccio is coordinating a masterclass and concert with internationally renowned guitarist Andrew York at SPC on Oct. 20, 2018.

Jeff Donovick is spearheading collaborations among SPC student composers, local artists and various productions, including bumper music for the 2018 SEmmy Awards, music for the Gulf Coast MakerCon and Pinellas ComicCon, as well as with the Tarpon Performing Arts Center and Jon Petrelli Music and Rock Brothers Brewing. He earned Avid Certified Instructor status for Sibelius notation software and also is offering instruction in Ableton Live 10 and Digital Performer 9 for MIDI orchestration and composition through the Contemporary Keyboards courses at SPC. He ranked locally #1 for Electronica on ReverbNation.

Dr. David Manson and MIRA faculty members Mark Feinman and Alejandro Arenas performed at the Miami International Jazz Fest on April 27 with their Brazilian jazz group O Som Do Jazz. Manson received an Individual Artist Grant from the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance for music composition and scheduled a free concert of this music on Aug. 11 at the venue ARTS46/4. He also contracted musicians and performed in Magnetic Fields: Sonic Abstractions at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, directed by Chicago composer Renee Baker, on July 28. He is coordinating a workshop with Venezuelan sound artist Gustavo Matamoros at SPC on Aug. 23.

Dr. Marilyn Michael, director of the 2018 Summer Vocal Institute and voice faculty at SPC, spotlighted a performance at the conclusion of the institute from the Opera Workshop class. The program, held June 15 at the Music Center at SPC, included arias, duets, and opera ensembles, including the famous “Va, pensiero” from Nabucco by Verdi. The evening concluded with excerpts from Act I of Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan. Dr. Susan Robinson was the music director of the class. Professor Scott Cooper, full-time theater professor on Clearwater Campus, was the guest stage director, and Shawn Thomas was the accompanist. Dr. Michael assigned and rehearsed the roles as part of the students’ private voice lessons during this five-week intensive study of voice and opera.

Susan Robinson will be guest conducting the National Radio Symphony in Moldova on Sept. 5. The program will include the  Russian Easter Overture by Rimsky-Korsakov, Polovtsian Dances by Borodin, and Symphony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky. On Dec. 8, she will conduct a concert with the Skagit Symphony outside Seattle, Wash.  It will be a holiday concert featuring the Master Chorale singing Magnificat by Pergolesi.  It will also include the Christmas Overture by Nicolai, Karelia Suite by Sibelius, and that perennial favorite, Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky. 

John Shaw (percussion) and Anna Kate Mackle (harp) premiered a new composition for harp and marimba, Labyrinth of Light by Nathan Daughtrey, at the Eastern Music Festival on July 3.

Voice faculty Linda Switzer will be presenting with classical guitarist Pepe Romero at The Centro Asturiano in Ybor City on Oct. 19. Linda, along with Hillsborough Community College Professor of Music Mark Switzer, will be performing with him.

Music and Music Faculty at SPC

SPC’s comprehensive Music curriculum and highly-qualified faculty allow for numerous artistic directions and career paths as Music students learn their craft. SPC offers the highest quality private instruction in voice, piano, pipe organ or orchestral instruments. The college’s music faculty are among the finest musicians and instructors in the Tampa Bay area and the State of Florida.

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