Q&A with Dr. Maria Briggs on her role as ‘Madama Butterfly’

Dr. Maria Briggs (Butterfly)

Every two years, music faculty at Fresno State take on the endeavor of producing a full-scale opera in the Fresno State Concert Hall. During the planning meetings, the faculty decided they would likely hire someone to play the role of Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly). That’s when assistant professor of voice Dr. Maria Briggs stepped in and offered to take on the challenge.

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Emma Hill wins Senior Cello award at 2018 CalASTA State Solo Competition

Emma Hill

Congratulations to music performance major Emma Hill who received the Senior Cello award at the 2018 CalASTA (California American String Teachers Association) State Solo Competition on Oct 20 at the Ann E. Pitzer Center on the UC Davis campus. At the competition, 43 competitors were divided into Novice, Junior and Senior divisions. According to CalASTA […]

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FOOSA Festival 2018 happening June 10-24

FOOSA Festival Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy Thomas Loewenheim, Artistic Director June 10-24

The Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy (FOOSA), a project of Youth Orchestras of Fresno (YOOF) and Fresno State’s Department of Music, is holding its two-week intensive program June 10-24, on the Fresno State campus. The program centers around the FOOSA Philharmonic, a selective pre-professional level orchestra that provides graduate school, college and high school musicians the opportunity to learn from and work alongside professionals and faculty members.

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Striving for world peace, one note at a time

What does he want? “World peace.” How do we get there? “Music.” “People ask me why I work so hard all the time, why I dedicate so much time and energy into teaching and conducting, my answer has always been world peace,” said Dr. Thomas Loewenheim, professor of music (fresnostate.edu/artshum/music/) at Fresno State. “When my students […]

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FOOSA wows at season-end shows

FOOSA Summer Orchestra Academy

The Fresno Opera and Orchestra Summer Academy (FOOSA) wrapped up its fourth seasonal with two phenomenal finale performances. The first was Friday, June 24, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. And the final show was Sunday, June 26, in the Roosevelt High School Auditorium. FOOSA offers young musicians from around the globe […]

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