Student-led Feature Film, “Rejuvenation,” to Premiere at Rialto Center for the Arts Oct. 5
October 2, 2023
“Rejuvenation,” a feature film executive produced by film and television veteran Tom Luse (B.A. ’74, M.S. ’81) with a student crew, student co-director and largely student cast, will premiere Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rialto Center for the Arts.
This past summer, four exceptional students from the School of Music chose to embark on an extraordinary journey to Italy this year to further refine their skills as singing actors. Isabella Chaney, Alexander Harshaw, Madison Chambers and David Champion seized the opportunity to study and perform with the Festival of International Opera in Italy, better known as FIO ITALIA.
The four-year NSF grant-funded program, which launches in January 2024, is designed to encourage students to try basic research with the idea of progressing to more sophisticated research in the future.
The College of the Arts at Georgia State University welcomes and congratulates our new cohort of outstanding faculty whose work identifies them as expert scholars and practitioners in their respective fields.
The School of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of David Sweeten, widely known as DJ Burn One, as the newest Visiting Professor of Practice in the Music Industry area. With a remarkable career spanning over two decades, DJ Burn One brings an unparalleled wealth of experience and expertise to our institution, enriching the educational landscape for aspiring musicians.
The Music Video as Black Art: Claiming the B-Side is an upcoming symposium that celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the founding of liquid blackness as a study group on September 21-23. The event explores creative insights that, migrating from music to filmmaking and installation art, from high art to popular culture, from art galleries to digital platforms—and supported by hip-hop global.
Renowned conductor and music educator, Dr. Robert J. Ambrose, recently from a trip to Singapore where he played a significant role in the five-day Woodlands Young Conductors Workshop. During the workshop, Dr. Ambrose had the privilege of working closely with 12 talented conductors from all corners of Singapore, each carrying a unique passion for music and leadership. These young conductors were eager to learn and grow under Dr. Ambrose’s tutelage. The workshop offered daily lectures, and live conducting sessions where participants were able to refine their skills in a live setting by conducting four different ensembles.
Jeremiah Brown, a talented undergraduate music education student at GSU, has been selected as a participant in the prestigious Lift Every Voice Symposium held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. This mentoring program aims to nurture and support young choral conductors from underrepresented groups. This year’s program is specifically tailored to serve conductors of color, and Jeremiah selection highlights his exceptional talent and potential in the field of choral conducting.
The School of Music at Georgia State University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jack Thorpe as the Artist Affiliate of saxophone. A distinguished alumnus, Thorpe brings a wealth of talent, experience, and passion to his new role.
Provost Nicolle Parsons-Pollard has appointed three faculty members to important leadership positions within the College of the Arts, including an interim dean, an interim associate dean, and a permanent director for the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design.
In a dazzling display of vocal harmony and musical brilliance, the Georgia State University Singers embarked on an extraordinary journey to Istanbul, Turkey, to perform at the prestigious 2023 World Symposium of Choral Music this past April.
The Southern Division of the College Band Directors National Association has officially announced Dr. Robert J. Ambrose as President! Serving a two-year term, Robert will lead the upcoming regional conference at the University of Memphis from February 29 to March 2, 2024. With his extensive experience as the State Chair for Georgia and his contributions to national initiatives, Robert brings a wealth of expertise to his new role.
Jadyn Green, an undergraduate music education major, has been chosen to attend the highly esteemed 2023 Collegiate Leadership Advocacy Summit. This prestigious event will provide Jadyn with invaluable leadership and advocacy training, as well as the opportunity to meet with legislators on Capitol Hill.
This spring semester, students from music, visual arts and film converged into an interdisciplinary course by the name of “Integrated Studies Lab,” that focused on creating performance-based work and culminated with performances at Pasaquan, the visionary art environment in Buena Vista, GA.
The recipients of the 2023 Outstanding Faculty Awards are Dr. Philip Lewis for Outstanding Faculty Award in Research/Creative Activity, Wesley Harvey for Outstanding Faculty Award in Service, Al Thrash for Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching and Jill Frank for Outstanding Junior Faculty Award.
The Office of Faculty Affairs at Georgia State University awards Dr. Jennifer Sengin, Lecturer and Associate Director of Choral Activities at the School of Music, a 2022-2023 Georgia State University Non-Tenure Track (NTT) Faculty Achievement Award.
Georgia State University's School of Music hosted a weekend of all things Sync, featuring some of the top music supervisors in the industry. During an exclusive listening session, a handful of GSU students who have recently launched their music with the MTM Standard label presented their music in an exclusive listening session with six of the top music supervisors in the country.
The Georgia State Trumpet ensemble, led by Dr. Alexander Freund, has returned to Atlanta after a thrilling trip to the University of Colorado, Boulder as a competitor in the 2023 National Trumpet Competition. The competition was held from March 25-27, 2023, and featured various events, including solo and ensemble performances, masterclasses, and lectures. The Georgia State Trumpet Ensemble showcased their skills in the small ensemble division, performing “Moonshot,” written for the ensemble by Georgia State alumnus Ryan Ragsdale. They were one of 40 small collegiate ensembles to compete this year.
Graduate choral conducting students Thom Dixon, Dennis Lau and Emily Halbert will be traveling to California State University this July as conducting Scholars in the Chorus America Choral-Orchestral Conducting Academy.
The School of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of Talise Trevigne as Lecturer in Applied Voice, effective Fall 2023. The American soprano is a renowned vocalist who has performed in some of the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls in the world. She has also worked with some of the most distinguished conductors and directors in the field and has received critical acclaim for her vocal artistry and dramatic interpretation.
“Songs We Love” is arranged as a journey through the first 50 years of jazz song with the musical direction of trombonist Mariel Bildsten. Three guest vocalists will join an all-star band made up of New York’s rising stars discovered by Wynton Marsalis.
Marking a return to the venue’s roots as an urban movie palace, the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University has announced the installation of a new digital film projector and cinema screen.
Now in its 6th year, the SoundNOW Contemporary Music Festival presents performances by 12 of Atlanta’s best new music ensembles in a seven-concert series beginning from Sunday, March 26 through April 1.
MTM Standard, the newly established record label with the Georgia State University School of Music, debuted four student recording artists March 3. This is the first series of releases with more coming throughout March and April.
Dr. Alex Freund and his professional brass quintet, M5 Mexican Brass, traveled to Spain to participate and perform in the 2023 FESTMUS, an international music festival. Their performance included the world premiere of Juan Vasquez's "La Topa", written for M5 and commissioned by Freund.
José Alberto Azurdia Lamadrid, a graduate conducting student studying with Dr. Deanna Joseph, is headed to Istanbul, Turkey not only to perform with the Georgia State University Singers but also to participate in the highly competitive conducting masterclass as part of the conference. He is one of six participants selected for this opportunity.
This past weekend, the Georgia State University Jazz area brought together "a gaggle" of jazz trumpet players to perform a tribute concert in Dorham's honor. The family of Kenny Dorham, with all five daughters in attendance, led the standing ovations, along with friends, extended family and the audience in appreciation of hearing some of their most beloved compositions performed beautifully.
Alumnus Timothy Richardson’s (M.A. '21) recent film, "Through Our Lens" centers on the importance of photography for Black liberation and how images have brought truth to power by capturing the Black experience.
Kevin Bales, jazz piano instructor at GSU, will be performing in the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York on February 18, 2023. He will be backing legendary blues artists such as Russell Gunn and the Royal Krunk Orkestra.
Hundreds of music educators in the state gathered in Athens, Georgia for the annual Georgia Music Educator In-Service Conference at the end of January. Similar to years past, the Georgia State School of Music was presented and well accounted for!
From rave reviews and busy opera seasons to dozens of solo concerts nationwide, alumna Maria Valdes (B.Mu.'12) adds another accolade to her list of achievements with the honor of being named to Georgia State University (GSU) 40 Under 40 Class of 2023.
The Choral Union, a choral ensemble made up of 115 music majors and non-music majors, will be performing alongside acclaimed artist Callie Day at Central Presbyterian Church of Atlanta on February 5th.
On January 14th, the GSU trumpet studio performed the world premiere of a new work at the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast 2023 at Berry College in Rome, GA. The piece "Moonshot" was written for the students by GSU alumnus Ryan Ragsdale.
Music Education PhD student, Ashante Griffin, presents How Have Equity Issues in Music Education Been Identified and Acknowledged in Articles Published by NAFME Journals From 2001- Present Day at 2022 Graduate Research Conference.
In fall 2022, Dr. Maria Gindhart led a four-week course at the High entitled “Rodin: Myths, Methods, Monuments, Museums” to examine the sculptor Auguste Rodin, his oeuvre, and his artistic context and influence.
Sarah Griffin, 2023 MM in Saxophone Performance, won the Musical Performance division at the Inaugural Graduate Conference for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for her performance of Chia-Yu Hsu's Chasing Shadows (2013) for Solo Alto Saxophone.
After graduating from Georgia State University and enrolling in the Georgia Film Academy, Melany Tejada (B.A. ’22) earned a spot on the set of one of the biggest movies of the year, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
José Antonio Ayllon Miranda will have the opportunity to perform his winning piece in the prestigious Carnegie Hall theater in New York City on June 10. This competition is designed for solo performers and ensembles to challenge themselves in a very competitive environment
The Georgia State University School of Music will have two ensembles perform at the 2023 Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) annual in-service conference: the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Treble Choir – a very high honor for music ensembles across the state.
The American Choral Directors Association awarded Dr. Sengin, Associate Director of Choral Activities, a 2023 International Conductors Exchange Program fellowship and is among six recipients nationwide to be honored with this prestigious fellowship.
After graduating in 2018, film production alumnus Camilo Diaz worked on numerous film projects, co-founded CineAstra, and soon landed a plum project as cinematographer for "Level 34,” a short sci-fi thriller by Make-A-Wish recipient and 17-year-old filmmaker Zach Breder.
Early this summer, the Georgia State University Tenor-Bass Choir, under the direction of Dr. Patrick K. Freer (Professor of Music Education), was invited to present a virtual concert at the XIV International Festival CORHABANA 2022 in Havana, Cuba.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has appointed and reappointed seven faculty at Georgia State with the designation of Regents’ Professor, the highest professorial rank within the state’s system of public colleges and universities.
The Women’s Philanthropy Network (WPN) at Georgia State University selected a diverse set of college and unit-level initiatives to receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 to foster student success and improve student opportunities.
The new university initiative establishes interdisciplinary research hubs to address some of society’s most pressing issues, including pandemic preparedness, climate solutions, crime victim protection, equity and access, and public health.
In this new role, Dr. Dahl will represent the interests of NTT faculty in the Dean’s Office while developing and implementing targeted efforts designed to improve NTT faculty promotion through the ranks.
The Georgia State University Student Film Festival (GSUSFF) celebrates student films written, produced and directed by current film and media majors and M.A. production students of the 2021-2022 academic year.
Distinguished University Professor Dr. Alessandra Raengo of the School of Film, Media & Theatre is the recipient of the prestigious 2022-23 Paul Mellon Senior Fellowship from the Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Curious about the opera, but not sure where to start? Let us break it all down for you and invite you to the Georgia State Opera Theatre’s upcoming production, "Le nozze di Figaro," to put your new knowledge into practice.
The Georgia State University College of the Arts Office of Educational Outreach is pleased to announce Artistic Director Dr. JJ Hudson, Musical Director Rolando Salazar, and Artist-In-Residence Talise Trevigne as the artist faculty for the 2023 Harrower Summer Opera Workshop.
Graduate alumnus Timothy Richardson (M.A.’21) stars in his first leading role in the feature film, “B-Boy Blues,” the film adaptation of James Earl Hardy’s 1994 best-selling novel of a classic gay love story.
The College of the Arts spoke with School of Music Professor of Practice in Music Management Al Thrash about preparing students with real-world experience, industry immersion and management opportunities.
In its 25th year, ATL Airport Art celebrates Georgia’s visual arts scene and its local and regional artists. Among them are Georgia State-affiliated faculty, alumni and students from the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design.
New Georgia State University nursing graduate Kanika Coburn had reasons to be anxious about finishing her nursing education during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, thanks to the private 4 South Scholarship, money for school wasn’t a concern. The scholarship, established by an anonymous Georgia State alumna, led Coburn to her dream job as a nurse in the high-risk perinatal unit of Northside Hospital-Atlanta.
Longtime Atlanta Braves organist and Georgia State grad Matthew Kaminski (B.Mu. ’00, M.Mu. ’12) provides the team’s often hilarious in-game soundtrack and clever walkup tunes directed at opposing batters.
The School of Film, Media & Theatre in Georgia State’s College of the Arts will offer its first Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Digital Filmmaking with a Filmmaking concentration beginning next fall.
In spring 2023, Luse will lead a class of select students across disciplines and across colleges working on-camera and off as part of the cast and crew of a film he co-wrote with Georgia State screenwriting students.
Lecturer Jiha Moon's Selected Topic in Drawing and Painting class engaged undergraduate students in a project exhibition “Doppelganger” where student artists also take on roles of curators, administrators and exhibitors.
The melding of art and entrepreneurship is a hallmark of many of our College of the Arts alumni. As they navigate a fast-changing world while maintaining an artistic focus, here are three alumni — Nuni Lee, Jarius Cliett and Robbie Atkinson — as they channel their creativity into the art of business.
Leaving the small mountain town of Ellijay, Ga., for one of the South’s busiest cities, Grace Davenport (B.A. ’21) discovered at Georgia State something she never expected: a tight-knit community that felt like home.
From the inside of a shipping container, Professor Stuart Gerber provides the sound effects and music for the Alliance Theatre’s socially distant, drive-in production of "A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play."
The College of the Arts announces the recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Faculty Awards including Alexander Freund for Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Christina West for Outstanding Senior Faculty Award and Neill Prewitt for Outstanding Teaching Award.
“Our Plastic World,” written and produced by Film & Media major Riũki Gakio in collaboration with Georgia State TV and Georgia Public Broadcasting, took first place in the category of Best Documentary — Health/Science — Program Feature/Segment.
The Office of Educational Outreach presented its annual SingFest! program, adapting to a virtual format for its participants' safety during the COVID-19 pandemic period. The one-day event brought together nearly one hundred students from various high schools in the Atlanta region.
Jamaal Barber (M.F.A. ’21) creates art to showcase the Black experience. His work has been shown in galleries and featured in the New York Times. Now, the printmaker, podcast host and father of two is preparing for his biggest show yet.
Can in-home piano therapy help homebound stroke survivors achieve better motor skills outcomes? Georgia State University researchers, Yi-An Chen of occupational therapy in the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions and Martin Norgaard of the School of Music, found in preliminary results that piano therapy was enjoyable and effective.
Melissa Huang (M.F.A. '21) and Drew Tetz (M.F.A. '21) are both in their third year of the Master of Fine Arts program. Married for two years, the couple is adjusting to making art at home and discovering ways for people to experience their work online.
The School of Music is pleased to announce that jazz studies artist-in-residence David Sánchez has received a 2020 GRAMMY® award nomination for “Carib” in the Best Latin Jazz Album category. The prestigious honor, presented by the Recording Academy, marks Sánchez’s seventh GRAMMY® nomination with a win in 1997 for “Habana” as Best Latin Jazz Performance.
The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design and College of the Arts congratulate alumnus, Paul Stephen Benjamin (M.F.A. ’13) as the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Hudgens Prize, one of the largest awards given to an individual artist in the United States.
Georgia State University has named Lee Foster, former assistant director of the Office of the Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology and operational manager of the Ferst Center for the Arts, executive director of the Rialto Center of the Arts, effective Nov. 1.
WGPB "On Second Thought" interviews Grammy-winning jazz artist-in-residence David Sanchez on his career, Georgia State residency and his new “Carib” record project on the music of the African Diaspora.
The United States Sports Academy’s honors arts alumnus Steven Lester (B.A. ’75) as the 2019 Sport Artist of the Year! The recognition reflects his passion for depicting action sports themes that resonate with vibrant life and elicit a visceral and emotional response.
Associate Professor of Art History Dr. Kimberly Cleveland just published a book of research with Cambria Press titled, Black Women Slaves Who Nourished A Nation: Artistic Renderings of Wet Nurses in Brazil. This is the first study to bring together a number of prints, photographs, paintings, and sculptures of this female figure from the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries, from Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, and São Paulo, and to not only consider the works in their individual artistic and historical contexts, but also in relation to each other.
The College of the Arts is excited to welcome Zac Brown Band guitarist and School of Music alumnus Coy Bowles (B.M. '04) as the guest speaker for our master’s commencement ceremony. Here are five things you need to know about the Grammy winner.
Georgia State University is part of a national group of leading innovative institutions that has received a $2.4 million grant from the Strada Education Network to redesign the college-to-career pathway.
The School of Film, Media & Theatre production graduate alumna Caroline Rumley’s (M.A. ’18) thesis film, “The Ghost Behind” was recently accepted in the Documentary Short Film category and screened at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
More than 300 members of the Georgia State Panther Band, including alumni, were cast to march and perform in Sunday’s Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show featuring three-time Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5.
The Endowment for Clean Oceans (ECO) is pleased and excited to announce Pam Longobardi, Distinguished Professor at Georgia State University, as ECO’s artist in residence. Professor Longobardi’s excellent art work and her early and visionary commitment to using art to educate about plastics in our oceans made selecting her an easy decision. Her 200 exhibits, including those Asia and Europe, speaks to her and our global view of this serious problem.
When it comes to the College of the Arts, all the world’s a stage. During spring and summer breaks, as students take a timeout to recharge, many of our arts faculty pack up and journey to all corners of the world to fuel their ongoing quest for academic growth and excellence.
Georgia State University is ranked the second most innovative university in the nation and second in the country for its commitment to undergraduate teaching in the 2019 Best Colleges edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine.
Darren English received a 2018 Global Peace Song Award for his song “Pledge of Peace” in the jury voted jazz music category. English wrote the song in honor of freedom fighter and South African president, Nelson Mandela, and shared the award dedication in memory of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Georgia State film students Taylor Dudley and Donovan Stanley film "TOGETHER" was among the film shorts selected by Campus Movie Fest (CMF) and screened during the 71st annual Cannes International Film Festival in France.
The College of the Arts and the School of Film, Media & Theatre are pleased to announce that Moving Image Studies Ph.D. candidate Jenny Gunn is a 2018 recipient of the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship.
Craig Drennen, associate professor of drawing and painting and graduate director of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design in the College of the Arts at Georgia State University, has been awarded a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship in the Fine Arts.
All exhibitions are held on campus in the Welch Galleries except for the exhibition for the two Welch Fellows, which will be held at Gallery 72 in downtown Atlanta, owned by the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.
Congratulations to School of Music alumnus Henry Cheng (M.M. Orchestral Conducting ’09) who was recently awarded first prize at the inaugural European Union Conducting Competition (January 8-13, 2018) hosted in Sofia and Pazardjik, Bulgaria.
The School of Music and the Center for Collaborative and International Arts (CENCIA) at Georgia State University present a one-night only performance with the GRAMMY award-winning vocal project, Roomful of Teeth on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Rialto Center for the Arts.
ATLANTA—Davion Alston has been on a hiatus from creating artwork for the calendar year. Since graduating with a degree in studio art from Georgia State University in 2016, Alston has assisted other artists such as Radcliffe Bailey with installation for a solo exhibition and Masud Olufani with the Working Artist Project at MOCA GA.
ATLANTA—The School of Film, Media & Theatre’s liquid blackness research group presents a screening of the documentary Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot on Saturday, October 28 at noon in Kopleff Recital Hall.
ATLANTA—The College of the Arts at Georgia State University continued its commitment to making a difference in Atlanta’s neighborhoods and communities by supporting arts education in local public elementary schools.
ATLANTA-In the November issue of Downbeat magazine, School of Music faculty member Dr. Gordon Vernick (Professor of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies) discusses jazz entrepreneurship in the monthly “Jazz on Campus” column. The article also factors in the interdisciplinary role of technology and the new Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII).
ATLANTA — It was a momentous occasion for alumna filmmaker Redelia Shaw (M.A. Film 2004) who proudly joined her fellow producers for the sold out world premier of “Cocaine Prison” (United Notions Film) at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017.
ATLANTA—Congratulations to Associate Professor Daniel Robin (Film and Digital Media Production) whose film, “All The Leaves Are Brown” recently won the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short Film at the 19th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama.
ATLANTA—The College of the Arts kicks off its inaugural year with a sensational Year of the Arts! program that spotlights the arts at Georgia State University for all to enjoy. The program boasts a curated mix of more than 24 arts events that include internationally acclaimed guest artists, exhibitions, concerts, dance performances, artist lectures, theatre productions, and conferences, as well as perennial holiday favorites.
ATLANTA—In honor of the Atlanta Jazz Festival’s 40th Anniversary, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs recently installed a collection of photographs of jazz musicians in storefront windows throughout south downtown Atlanta. The project features 23 striking images of musicians who have entertained festival audiences over the past 39 years, including School of Music’s Dr. Gordon Vernick, Professor of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies.
ATLANTA—The graduate program in Moving Image Studies at Georgia State University presents “Rendering (the) Visible” III: Liquidity,” February 8-10, 2018. Conference panels, film and dance performances, and keynote lecture will explore the concept of liquidity as an innovative critical approach to the image’s relation to space, sensoriality, and digitality, as well as an aesthetic sensibility attuned to the political ontology of motion, form, matter, and noise.
It has been an exhilarating summer for the School of Film, Media, & Theatre’s Professor Daniel Robin, who travelled to Portugal in July to present his new film short "All the Leaves Are Brown" at the prestigious Curtas Vila Do Conde – International Film Festival.
Gearing up for the upcoming Women in Business North American Summit in Atlanta, film and game design student Alyssa Gilmore posts “The Illusion of Inclusion”—individual perspectives of how to change the film and TV industry to include women in more opportunities. Among those interviewed included Jenny Gunn, PhD Candidate in Moving Image Studies.
The College of the Arts announces Dr. Greg Smith as founding director for the newly named School of Film, Media, & Theatre at Georgia State University. Dr. Smith brings a wealth of academic and professional experience to establish the new school and achieve its mission and goals. He transitions to the leadership role from Associate Chair at the Communication Department in the College of Arts & Sciences (the former home of film, media and theatre).
On the Greek island of Lesvos, hundreds of thousands of life vests discarded by refugees fleeing war blanket the shoreline. When art professor Pam Longobardi saw these acres of litter, she found a creative way to bring attention to refugees from many nations.
On the heels of a guest appearance on the hit television series, The Walking Dead, and being featured in Atlanta Ballet’s performance of Carmina Burana, the Georgia State University Singers took first prize at one of the most significant chamber choir competitions in the world – the 15th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf 2017 in Marktoberdorf, Germany.