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Leon Bates Masterclass and Mini-Concert officially launches Piano Renewal Initiative.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS & BEST WISHES FOR
A HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR
FROM EVERYONE
IN THE
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC!


An Afro Blue Christmas : Recorded Live at NPR's Studio 1

A tambourine jingled merrily and spirits were high when Afro Blue visited NPR's Studio 1 to share a brilliant assortment of holiday music. The group delighted the audience with fresh, thoughtful arrangements of Christmas favorites, from a rollicking "Angels We Have Heard On High" to a sublime, weighty "Silent Night." Also on the bill were a few lesser-known holiday numbers, such as director Connaitre Miller's original piece "That Is Love," which offers a meditation on the meaning of the holiday season.

The 12 young men and women in Howard University's premier vocal jazz ensemble, Afro Blue, sing as though they've been performing together for years. That, of course, is not the case — as with most college musical groups, the roster changes constantly as veteran members graduate and new ones step up to take their place. But, then again, Afro Blue is unlike most college groups, not many of whom can say that they reached the final four of NBC's The Sing-Off, or that they performed with Diane Reeves at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theatre.

As a further treat, Afro Blue was joined by jazz master and Howard University professor Cyrus Chestnut on piano, along with Eliot Seppa, B.M. '12, on bass and Carroll Dashiell III on drums.

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Members of Afro Blue record live in NPR's Studio 1


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WINTER BREAK. The University will be closed for Winter Break from December 22, 2014 through January 2, 2015.

Spring 2015 Formal Classes will begin Monday, January 12, 2015.

Essential Information and FAQsUpdated 11/3/14 with a link to an updated Academic Calendar and Spring 2015 audition info for HU Orchestra.

News of Note

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut joins HU jazz faculty.

Professor Walwyn Named Steinway Artist.

The new Division of Fine Arts video is here!

Event Highlights

Many of our events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

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PREVIOUS HIGHLIGHTS:

• Afro Blue Christmas CD Release and Jazz Choir Concert – Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Sunday, December 7, 4 PM. FREE

Jazz Choirs Christmas 2014 Concert Flyer

• Howard University Choir Annual Christmas Concert – Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Sunday, December 7, 7 PM. FREE

Flyer for Choir Christmas 2014 Concert


• Renowned Gospel Artist and HU Alum Richard Smallwood speaks to students on Tuesday, September 16.

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