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Fredonia School of Music

Pathways to Music


Spring classes start on February 10 & 14, 2015 for children ages 6 months through 5 years old!

The Musical Journeys Program of the Fredonia School of Music is proud to announce that online registration is now available for Pathways to Music!

Now in its fifth year, Pathways to Music offers an exciting opportunity for children and parents to discover the joy of music while singing, moving, listening, dancing and playing. Each class is a combination of age-appropriate musical activities including songs, finger plays, dances, bouncing games, circle games, instrument exploration, lullabies and more. In a playful manner, children will be gaining a wide appreciation of music while developing language, motor, creative and social skills. The weekly classes are for one child and one accompanying parent or guardian.

More information at

Bach Aria Academy

Bach Aria Academy Week
June 14 - June 20

The Bach Aria Academy at Fredonia is a six-day advanced level immersion in period performance of the arias of J.S. Bach with four of the world’s leading specialists. Playing on period instruments, oboists, flutists, string players, continuo players and singers will be coached daily on style and technique involved in bringing the arias of J.S. Bach vividly to life.


Additional Faculty


Aisslinn Nosky, Baroque violin
Geoffrey Burgess, Baroque oboe
Michael Beattie, continuo keyboardist
Ellen Hargis, soprano

Gerald Gray, tenor
David Rose, viola
Sean Duggan, continuo keyboardist

Details and registration at

Art of Performing

Art of Performing Academy
July 5 - July 11

Explore the craft of effective, engaging performance through the development of your own personal style.

A week-long academy with oboist Colin Maier from the Canadian ensemble Quartetto Gelato. Other faculty include Fredonia Oboe faculty Dr. Sarah Hamilton and Fredonia Theatre faculty Dr. James Ivey. Discover the depths of your musical self and how to connect to your fellow musicians and your audience using improvisation, spontaneous group arranging, busking, and theatre workshops. Spend this whole week making music in new ways!

James Ivey will utilize various commedia dell'arte mask techniques during the workshop to assist performers release the physical self, to stimulate the imagination and to create a newfound sense of freedom. There will be opportunities to perform either (or both!) solo and chamber music. Participants are expected to arrive with at least one solo piece memorized. Bring your own chamber group, or form one when you get here.

This academy is open to all musicians, college age through professional, including current music teachers. Exceptional high school students may apply and be accepted on a space available basis.

Details and registration at

Next upcoming events:

Student Recital: John Kresse, conducting

Sunday, February 1, 2015
6:00 PM, Mason Hall Rosch Recital Hall


Guest Artist Recital: Ken Thompkins, trombone with Fredonia Trombone Choir

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
8:00 PM, Mason Hall Rosch Recital Hall

Carl Mazzio, conductor. Free.

Student Recital: Sarah Dresnack, violin

Saturday, February 7, 2015
7:00 PM, Mason Hall Diers Recital Hall


RESCHEDULED TO May 1, 2015: Student Recital: Erin Haynes, bassoon (Event canceled)

Sunday, February 8, 2015
1:00 PM, Mason Hall Diers Recital Hall


Western New York Chamber Orchestra

Sunday, February 8, 2015
4:00 PM, Mason Hall Rosch Recital Hall

Glen Cortese, conductor. Featuring guest performers Jamie Francisco, trumpet; Sonja Inglefield, harp; Sarah Hamilton, English horn; Julie Newell, mezzo-soprano and James Piorkwoski, guitar. Performances include Bizet's 'Carmen Suite,' Copland's 'A Quiet City,' Cortese's 'Noturne' (World Premiere) and Mahler's 'Songs of the Wayfarer.' Tickets: $22 general admission, $5 student/child, free for SUNY students with ID.

Faculty Recital: Sean Duggan, piano

Sunday, February 8, 2015
8:00 PM, Mason Hall Rosch Recital Hall

Fr. Sean presents a recital of late Beethoven, featuring the master's two biggest, most monumental piano works: the 'Hammerklavier' Sonata and the 'Diabelli' Variations. Free.

Faculty Recital: Joe Dan Harper, tenor and Anne Kissel, piano

Monday, February 9, 2015
8:00 PM, Mason Hall Rosch Recital Hall

Joe Dan Harper, tenor and Anne Kissel, pianist present Franz Schubert's beloved tale of a Winter's Journey. A cornerstone of the German Romantic song repertoire and a perennial favorite of this husband and wife duo, Schubert's 'Winterreise' tells the story of a heartbroken wanderer whose unrequited love propels him on a journey through a frigid psychological landscape of deception and loss. Free.

Lecture: Ian Clarke, flute "Creativity"

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
2:00 PM, Mason Hall Rosch Recital Hall

Ian Clarke presents a lecture on creativity, addressing the germination and cultivation of a fresh, new idea, whether it be in the process of composition or music making in general. Free.

Master Class: Ian Clarke, flute

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
3:00 PM, Mason Hall 1075

Fredonia flutists are featured in a master class with iconic British flutist/composer Ian Clarke, performing his truly beautiful works, replete with evocative, lyrical and breathtaking modern techniques. Free.

Guest Artist Recital: Ian Clarke, flute

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
8:00 PM, Mason Hall Rosch Recital Hall

British iconic flutist/composer Ian Clarke performs his beautiful, innovative and even magical compositions with pianist I-Fei Chen. The composer integrates hauntingly beautiful modern techniques in his award-winning compositions which are stunningly soulful and evocative. Free.

Student Recital: Matthew Marco, piano

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
8:00 PM, Mason Hall Rosch Recital Hall


Faculty Recital: "The Best of late Brahms" with Andrew Seigel, clarinet; I-Fei Chen, clarinet; Elizabeth Widzinski, clarinet; Laura Koepke, bassoon; James Welch, piano

Friday, February 13, 2015
8:00 PM, Mason Hall Diers Recital Hall

Hear members of Fredonia's wonderful woodwind faculty perform some of the most-loved chamber music written by Brahms. Works include the Opus 114 Clarinet Trio and both Opus 120 Clarinet Sonatas. Free.

Ethos NewSound Festival presents: Third Coast Percussion

Friday, February 13, 2015
8:00 PM, Mason Hall Rosch Recital Hall


The School of Music at Fredonia: Fredonia's music students enjoy a rich cultural environment and daily interaction with a distinguished faculty renowned for their expertise as teachers, musicians, and scholars. Our diversity, size and facilities all combine to offer an ideal environment for artistic, personal and professional growth. The Fredonia campus and community is a friendly, welcoming place, small enough to make it easy to get to know people, but big enough so you are always meeting someone new.

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