Resources in Music
Located adjacent to the world-renowned John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, New College's Caples Fine Arts Complex is dedicated to students in the fine, visual and performing arts and includes the following:
• 260-seat Mildred F. Sainer Art & Music Pavilion
Each is the setting for performances and exhibitions throughout the year.
Within the Caples Fine Arts Complex, music students enjoy classrooms and practice rooms designed for their needs, as well as a Mac lab for students in all areas of the arts. Sainer Pavilion is also home to the College's Steinway B grand piano.
Performance at New College is seen as an opportunity to integrate theory and practice. A great example is our New Music New College (NMNC) series, which each year brings world-class performers to campus for concerts and master classes. Students attend the master class sessions for free and are involved in at least two of the performances including Crossroads, an outdoor concert held each spring that brings together musicians from backgrounds as diverse as rock ‘n’ roll, blues, guitar, piano and more. Students who participate may or may not be working toward a Music AOC.
As part of the New Music New College series, alumna Erica Gressman returned to campus recently to present her master's thesis performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. "Wall of Skin" is a multimedia theatrical piece that is emotional and stunning. As a New College student, Gressman performed twice at Crossroads concerts as a drummer and vocalist for the student band Tyger Beat.
New College also offers composers opportunities to hear their work played by professional musicians. Every spring semester a chamber ensemble associated with the Sarasota Orchestra (the Sarasota String Quartet, Sarasota Woodwind Quintet, or Sarasota Brass Quintet) rehearses the works of New College student composers, which culminates in the Composers' Concert.
Beyond the extensive NMNC programming, students may also sing in the New College Chorus and arrange their own chamber groups. Or they can sing in Acapellago, our four-part mixed a capella choir intent on warming people's hearts with harmonies and performances throughout the year. New Cats, the College's eclectic jazz ensemble, is another popular alternative for students in music.
Music faculty are also available to help students make connections with musicians in the Sarasota community who teach private lessons, although students must pay for those lessons over and above the tuition and fees that New College charges.
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