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Coming soon: The Caldwell University Marching Band

Caldwell University is adding a marching band to support its new sprint football team. Come fall of 2017 Caldwell will be one of three universities in New Jersey with marching bands. Music faculty member Rebecca Vega will direct the band, and she is looking for non-music and music majors who would like to contribute their talents in brass, percussion, woodwind, or color guard. Marching band will be a one-credit course that will meet twice a week, and members will perform at all three home football games, open houses, Homecoming and other school events.

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Music faculty member Rebecca Vega will direct the Caldwell University Marching Band being added for the new sprint football team.

Vega has experience with marching bands. She was in marching bands in high
school and college, oversaw the marching band when she taught high school for three years in California, and worked with the marching band when she was a graduate assistant in the Music Department at Eastern Michigan University. Now her son marches in the Verona High School Marching Band. “I’m super-excited to teach marching band again. I’m a marching band geek,” Vega said, noting she “drags her husband” to see marching bands at competitions even six hours before her son competes.

Vega says Caldwell will build its marching band over the next three to five years, starting with a small group and simple uniforms and then making it a larger ensemble with more instruments and more elaborate uniforms. Marching band scholarships will be available. For information, contact Professor Rebecca Vega at rvega@Caldwell.edu or 973-618-3446.

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Caldwell University Music Department Holding Auditions for Children’s Choir Program

Caldwell, N.J., July 20, 2016 – The Caldwell University Music Department is announcing its sixth year of the Caldwell Children’s Choir Program. Auditions for this program are scheduled for Thursdays, August 4 and September 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Applicants should come prepared to sing one verse of either “America” (My Country ‘tis of Thee), “America the Beautiful” or “Happy Birthday”.

This educational program is open to children ages 8 through 14 in grades 3 through 8. The choir meets weekly beginning September 8 with scheduled concerts in December and April. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of music through choral study and performance.

Audition appointments are required and can be scheduled by contacting Dr. Nan Childress Orchard atNChildress@caldwell.edu. For further information please visit www.caldwell.edu/academics/academic-departments/music and click on the Children’s Choir brochure link.

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World Premiere Performance at Caldwell University

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Caldwell, N.J., April 15, 2016 – The Caldwell University Wind Ensemble and the Tri-State Brass Society Quintet conducted by Music faculty Rebecca Vega will perform the world premiere of “Sorrow of the Earth” by composer Edgar F. Girtain IV, 8 p.m. Monday, May 2, in the Student Center Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Girtain is an emerging American composer whose music is frequently performed at universities and concert halls around the world. He is known for his lyricism, versatility of style and command of color. He has been commissioned by the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, the Arapahoe Philharmonic, Sinfonietta NOVA, the Voorhees Chapel Choir and John Rojak of the American Brass Quintet. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and an M.A. in composition from Rutgers University. Learn more at www.edgarfgirtainiv.com.

The Tri-State Brass Society is an active chamber music ensemble based in northern New Jersey. Founded in 2015, the society is committed to the performance of a high-quality chamber brass repertoire and to education. The ensemble plays a wide range of musical styles, including but not limited to classical, jazz, funk, pop and world music. Over the past year, the Tri-State Brass Society has shared its eclectic taste with the public by performing educational outreach concerts, church services, recitals and weddings.

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5th Annual Caldwell University Summer Intensive Percussion Camp

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Alex Bocchino, Director

 July 11-16, 2016

Caldwell University’s Summer Intensive Percussion Camp will run from July 11-16 on the beautiful campus of Caldwell University. If you’re ready to be immersed in percussion, hear some amazing musicians, meet new people, and have a good time, this is the place for you. This year’s camp will include a trip to NYC to hear some great music as well as daily clinics presented by nationally acclaimed drummers and percussionists.

On Saturday July 9th Caldwell Rocks, a one day rhythm section workshop, will take place and is open to all guitar and bass players, and drummers. Students will learn from and perform with a professional rhythm section during the one day event.

For more information contact Dr. Nan Childress Orchard (NChildress@caldwell.edu).

Download the Summer intensive Percussion Camp Brochure in PDF format

Download the application form for the camp here.

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UpTown Flutes to Perform at the National Flute Association Convention

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UpTown Flutes will perform at the National Flute Association Convention in Washington DC.  Professor Rebecca Vega will be performing with the UpTown Flutes on August 13, 2015 at this convention.  They will be premiering a work entitled Elegy that was composed by Valerie Coleman, founding member of the Amani Winds.  Elegy was written to honor the legendary Maya Angelou and will feature internationally acclaimed flutist Alexa Still and the UpTown Flutes.   UpTown Flutes will also be performing at the Mahwah Library concert series on June 27 and at the New Jersey Flute Fair on October 11.  For questions regarding these programs, please contact Prof. Rebecca Vega at rvega@caldwell.edu.