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Scott Watkins: SHOUT-OUT!


Posted on October 9, 2011
Big SHOUT-OUT! to my Jacksonville University senior piano performance major ALFRED MENESES who accompanied the JU Men's Chorus at the annual Intercollegiate Choral Festival hosted this year at JU. Alfred played with artistry, sensitivity, and profound, thoughtful musicianship. Way to go, Alfred! Men's Chorus, of course, sounded amazing. Beautiful tone and clear diction. Wonderful performance all around!


Posted on October 7, 2011
Massive SHOUT OUT to my student Tyler Bechtle (BA, music business/piano - 2011 recipient of the Harvey Scholl Prize in Piano) for his powerful performance of Richard Addinsell's "Warsaw" Concerto today at JU's weekly Performance Lab. The audience certainly seemed to agree with me. Bravo!


Posted on October 2, 2011
BIG SHOUT OUT to my piano students (Katherine, Austin, Alfred, Tyler, John, Melony, Grace) for AWESOME lessons this week! You guys are just improving fast and becoming sensitive, artistic musicians. So proud of you guys.

Now a few others (you know who you are) ... *insert sound of cracking whip here* ... looking forward to seeing you this week (ahem).

Dr. W.


Posted on August 20, 2011
Congratulations to Michael Mastronicola on an outstanding performance Friday evening (August 19) at The Friday Musicale. He gave a masterful reading of Aaron Copland's powerful Piano Sonata, and energetic performances of music by Ginastera an Villa Lobos. Bobb Robinson (baritone) was stirring in two song suites by Timothy Snyder (Three Songs after Schumann, and Three Robert Frost Songs). Robinson's velvety voice was the perfect vehicle for these rich and noble songs. The Saint-Saens piano duo (with Greg Spiess) was fun, too!

After knowing Michael for just a year, I am impressed by his musicianship and technical mastery - and he's just an awfully nice guy. Our students love him at JU and he's really worked his way into the musical community.

Bravo! to Michael. Looking forward to hearing him again.



Posted on July 30, 2011
Congratulations to my JU sophomore Juan Rogers for his outstanding performance at The Friday Musicale July 29th. He played the CPE Bach Trio with Hannah Fell (flute) and Leah Chappell (cello) and the Milhaud Scaramouche (1st mvt., "vif") with Stetson junior piano student Brent Pafford. Kudos to all - I am especially proud of Juan! GREAT JOB, MR. ROGERS!!!

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