Georgia State University to Create College of the Arts

Posted On August 15, 2016
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Dr. Wade Weast has been named the founding dean of Georgia State University’s College of the Arts, a new academic unit that will focus on education in arts and related media, promote creativity and respond to the changing needs of artists, on- and off-campus.

The college, which will open in July 2017, will… more »

Assistant Director: Dr. Marie Sumner Lott

Posted On June 29, 2016

Dr. Marie Sumner Lott joined the administrative executive staff at the School of Music as Assistant Director, effective July 1, 2016. In her former role, Dr. Sumner Lott was Assistant Professor of Music History and Literature .

Musicologist Marie Sumner Lott joined the faculty of Georgia State University in 2012; she teaches graduate and undergraduate… more »

Rising Jazz Star Christopher Otts

Posted On June 29, 2016

Christopher Otts, a master’s student in jazz studies, recently received the second annual BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a rising jazz star pursuing an advanced degree in jazz studies or performance.

“I have a lot of great mentors here at Georgia State. They’ve been extremely helpful in preparing… more »

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Deanna Joseph

Posted On July 17, 2015
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Dr. Deanna Joseph, Georgia State University’s Director of Choral Activities, was awarded the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award for the College of Arts and Sciences. The College has over 640 full-time faculty, and Dr. Joseph was the single winner.

Dr. Joseph’s award was announced at the April 21, 2015 College faculty meeting. Patrick K. Freer,… more »

The Rialto Jazz Orchestra Auditions

Posted On July 10, 2015
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APPLICATIONS AND AUDITIONS Each student must complete the application and audition for combos and big band. Auditions will be held August 14, 15, and 16, 2015. Applications will be available in July. The processing fee for applications and auditions is $25 (non-refundable).

The Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra (RYJO) was formed by Dr. Gordon Vernick in… more »

The Harrower Summer Workshop

Posted On July 10, 2015
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The Harrower Summer Workshop Gala Dinner on June 7 was a spectacular event. It was a successful fundraiser benefiting Opera Studies at GSU. The students from the workshop performed alongside the guest artists, Indra Thomas and Morris Robinson. The following weekend the students performed in three operas Falstaff, Der Rosenkavalier and The Marriage of Figaro.

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Florence Kopleff’s Archives Newly Accessible

Posted On April 10, 2015
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The School of Music and the University Library are pleased to report that the Florence Kopleff Collection is now catalogued and the finding aid (search) is online and fully functional at:   The collection can be assessed by those interested in researching – or simply knowing more about – Kopleff’s singing career, the history… more »

Georgia State University Opera Theater Competition Wins

Posted On January 30, 2015
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Georgia State University Opera Theater rocked The National Opera Association’s national convention with two impressive achievements in the Collegiate Opera Scene Competition, which was part of the convention. GSU Opera Theater undergraduates Carolyn Balkovetz, soprano and Kirby Eicholtz, tenor won first place in Division I – for artists under 23 years old- with their duet… more »