Home for the Holidays: The Christmas Gala

Two performances: Saturday, December 12, 2015 – 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Highly anticipated each year, the FSC Music Department’s Christmas Gala has become an essential holiday music tradition for the college and greater community. This year’s edition, Home for the Holidays, offers a wonder-filled array of musical favorites performed by music department students and […]

A Music Faculty Showcase: Leap Day Edition

In recognition of this year’s gift of an extra calendar day, members of FSC’s talented music faculty offer a “Leap Day” concert – a special “once-every-four-years” musical treat.  As soloists, collaborative artists, and chamber musicians, these impressive artist-teachers will perform a potpourri of repertoire from musical genres as diverse as duo piano, bassoon, voice, percussion, […]

Finding the Light

FSC Choral

Festival of Fine Arts music event on March 3. A source of power and life, light in its various manifestations has been explored throughout history in the works of poets, authors, and composers. Illuminating the mystery and strength of light through text and music, FSC’s Chamber Singers perform choral repertoire with varied perspectives and styles, […]

FSC’S Radio Opera Hour Presents …

This evening’s “Radio Opera Hour” on fictional WFSC features FSC’s Opera Theatre and Opera Orchestra in a double bill that includes Rumplestiltskin: Ultimate Bully by Denise Page Caraher  (literary themes by the Brothers Grimm and musical themes by Johann Strauss II) and Gian-Carlo Menotti’s contemporary masterpiece, The Old Maid and the Thief.  In this creative […]

The Winds of Change

What changed first, the band or the music?  In answer to that question, the FSC Symphony Band traces the transformation of the wind ensemble and its repertoire from the 1950’s through the present.  From band music that shifted from transcriptions to original works – and musical innovations that incorporated compositional and textural changes – judge […]

Symphonic Celebrations

Celebrating the remarkable range of styles and roles played by the symphony orchestra in the world of music, FSC’s Symphony Orchestra offers an extraordinary program of music designed to showcase the beauty and breadth of expression inherent in this treasured musical medium.  With Beethoven’s dramatic Egmont Overture and Rimsky-Korsakov’s colorful Capriccio Espagnol providing the core […]


Why do characters in musical theatre sing?  Love, of course!  FSC’s musical theatre director, mezzo soprano Christianne Roll, explores this theory with pianist Patrick Fleitz in songs that run the gamut from traditional Broadway classics to more contemporary musical theatre repertoire. Join this duo as they perform such favorites as Bill and Can’t Help Lovin’ […]


A consummate musician in all genres – from classical to jazz and everything in between – Valerie Gillespie is a formidable performer.  Tonight this FSC artist-teacher, joined by pianist Robert Winslow, shares her love for the saxophone, celebrated for its own musical versatility with its classical roots and jazz lineage.  Come experience the range and […]

Homage to the Guitar

In a performance dedicated to the classical guitar and all it has brought to music, it is altogether fitting that FSC guitar icon Mark Switzer should lead the way as we pay homage.  With his expertise and skill in programming an eclectic range of music from classical repertoire to his own jazz arrangements, his ability […]

Brass Synergy

FREE Concert on Feb. 2 at 7:30pm. As varied in appearance as in sound, the instruments of the brass family contribute regularly to the pageantry of life’s most important occasions.  Whether played singly or in various combinations, they produce a wide range of sounds from noble to profound, creating colors and moods that are uniquely […]

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