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Bower School of Music and the Arts




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Vision: Inspire  ♦  Create  ♦  Perform            Changing Lives Through the Power of the Arts.


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The Wind Orchestra performed at the Kennedy Center in June 2018 and Carnegie Hall in November 2015.  

Michael Rohrbacher (Music) & Suzanne Rohrbacher (Music) presented a continuing education course for practicing music therapists entitled "The Application of Mediating Conditions for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders" earlier this year, at the American Music Therapy Association Southeast Regional Conference in Chapel Hill, NC.

Dan Bacalzo (Theatre) served as dramaturg for Ron Pullins' new play, Ice’s Crossing, presented by the Wichita, Kansas-based theatre company, Guinea Pig Lab. On May 5, he moderated a discussion with the playwright, director, and cast members.

Trent Brown (Music) finished the season leading the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida in a concert that premiered two new works for chorus and orchestra.  The first piece, "Spoon River Anthology" was a triptych written by Tim McDonnell.  "Creatures of Earth" was a three-movement work by Zachary Moore who joined the Chorale for a residency and the world premiere.

Greg Longenhagen (Theatre) and Gerritt VanderMeer (Theatre) both participated in Florida Repertory Theatre’s annual PlayLab Festival at the end of April.

Patricia Fay (Art) traveled with art students to the Portland, Oregon for the annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts. At the conference, Jordan Blankenship ('17, Art) and Felipe Maldonado (’16, Art) delivered a presentation and discussion session titled Mini-Heat 2: Accessible Atmospheres, and detailed the transformation of a decommissioned electric kiln into a flexible outdoor kiln that can be fired with propane gas and wood.

Judy Evans (Music) has been working in the Collier County Public Schools as the Orchestra Director; in Pinellas County, setting up a pre-kindergarten violin program; and in Hillesborough County doing a teacher/student workshop.

Anne Carncross (Theatre) recently designed the lights for TheatreZone of Naples’ production of Legs Diamond.


August 31-October 4
Eleven Voices, FGCU Art Faculty Exhibition; Wasmer Art Gallery, Arts Complex; This exhibition is free and open to the public Monday-Friday from 10:00a-4:00p and until 7:00p on Thursday
September 23
3:00p Symphonic Band & Jazz Ensemble concert; Estero United Methodist Church; 8088 Lords Way St., Estero; This concert is free and open to the public
September 29
7:30p Mike Zion, trombone; Mario Bernardo, saxophone; Michael Baron, piano Nisita Concert Series performance; U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building; Tickets are $10 for the general public and $7 for students and are available here
September 30
3:00p Wind Orchestra concert; Hayes Hall, Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples; Tickets are $15 and are available here
October 4
5:00p Tropical Reunion, Megan Kissinger and David Shepard Exhibition opening reception; ArtLab Gallery in the west side of the Library Building; This event is free and open to the public
October 5-November 8
Tropical Reunion, Megan Kissinger and David Shepard Exhibition; ArtLab Gallery in the west side of the Library Building; This exhibition is free and open to the public Monday-Friday from 10:00a-4:00p and until 7:00p on Thursday
October 7
3:00p Chamber & University Choirs concert; New Hope Presbyterian Church, 10051 Plantation Rd., Fort Myers; This concert is free and open to the public
We look forward to seeing you for the 2018-19 Season. If you would like to receive a copy of the upcoming season brochure, please send an email with your mailing address to Joanna Hoch at

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