Music Program

Spring 2016 Master Classes



Master Classes

Music students with the School of Arts and Communication receive exquisite opportunities tailored to enhancing their musical education and perfecting their skills. Bringing a global aspect to the program and uniting enthusiastic learners with world-class performers, the music program of the School of Arts and Communication hosts specialized master classes. Current music students are taught in private sessions by internationally award-winning musical talents. Additionally, students receive a comprehensive, cultural education through exposure to unique aspects of the music industry by specialists in the field.

These unique one-on-one opportunities and individualized focus are made possible by the small class size, dedicated professors, and unwavering support from President Catanese—in fact, President Catanese is a musician himself, performing as the drummer in the faculty band TWITCHY!

Recent guests include Artisti in Residence Christian Tamburr and French Artist in Residence Remi Durupt. Tamburr is an internationally touring vibraphonist and pianist, accomplished on drums as well as world and orchestral percussion. Downbeat Magazine recognized him with the “Outstanding Solo Jazz Performer” award and the “2013 Critics' Choice Top Rising Star” award on vibraphone. He currently leads the critically acclaimed Christian Tamburr Quintet around the world, with recent performances in Shanghai, China and Doha, Qatar as an Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Durupt is a prize laureate in numerous international competitions, including the 2009 International Percussion Competition in Geneva, Rémi Durupt’s artistic path has led him to embrace the diversity of musical expression, from electronic composition to improvisation. Eclectic and curious, he has collaborated in France and internationally as a member of numerous contemporary music ensembles (Warning, Eklekto, Links, ONCEIM – improvisation orchestra, Paris Percussion Group), and has premiered works by many composers like P. Jodlowsky, V. Cordero, A. Corrales, L. Durupt, J. Tejera, F. Bedrossian, O. Rumbau, both as a soloist and chamber musician.

Past guests include Udo Steingraeber, one of the last master piano craftsmen in the world, brought to Florida Tech from his workshop in Bayreuth, Germany. Students were treated to a special presentation concerning the process of handcrafting a piano and a formal demonstration of a Steingraeber grand piano. Steingraeber describes his process: “In essence, it is fundamentally simple: We take the finest, natural materials and combine them with principles of outstanding construction, resulting in an instrument that is alive. Horowitz gave just this advice concerning the origins of a color-rich tone. Even so, less than then piano manufacturers in the entire world observe this method. Nearly all new pianos today have been produced as, and reduced to, the status of percussion instruments. Adaptable, flexible sound production Is a necessity of life for professional pianists. For anyone who plays the piano, sound production is THE prerequisite for making music.”

Master class sessions have also featured Claude Bessmann, a professor of piano at the Paris National School of Music and the National Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Paris, France. Celebrated for her unique and exquisite interpretations of Maurice Ravel’s complete piano works, Bessmann has performed for audiences across Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Bessmann hosted her American concert premiere at Gleason Performing Arts Center at Florida Tech.

Mission Statement

The music program at Florida Tech is designed to enhance the experience of Florida Tech students in all disciplines. It offers the highest level of education in academic music learning as well as opportunities for progressive and innovative musical experiences through performance, professional guidance, and community interaction. The music program embraces and embodies Florida Tech’s mission as a high tech university with a distinctly human touch.

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School of Arts and Communication
150 W. University Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901

(321) 674-8082