Edward Waters College 2013-2014 Concert Series

The Edward Waters College Concert Series was created to expose students and the community to a variety of dynamic performances from high-caliber artists from throughout the world. It was also designed to motivate music students to enhance their performance skills and inspire habits of musical excellence. Additionally, the series serves to educate audiences of all generations on the importance of supporting music, locally and abroad, as part of a greater initiative of preserving and expanding the fine arts.




donaldDonald McCullough

EWC Concert Series, Master Class, September 6, 2013 3:00 p.m., Adams-Jenkins Music & Sports Complex-Choir Room

As a composer Don McCullough demonstrates an imaginative flexibility that has brought him critical acclaim throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. From church anthems to full scale symphonic works, McCullough’s music is known for resonating deeply with audiences.

McCullough’s most recent composition is Contraries: The Human Condition, a 25-minute  work in six movements that uses the arresting imagery of William Blake’s poetry to portray the difficult balancing of the “contraries” within human nature. Contraries was commissioned by the San Francisco Choral Society (Bob Geary, conductor) and was premiered in San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall.

Of special note are two extended works McCullough has written that personalize for audiences two of history's darkest periods: the Holocaust of World War II and America's Slave Era.

With over 250 performances worldwide, Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps is a 40-minute work that gives a human voice to victims of the Holocaust through a cycle of songs and spoken prose written by prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. After its initial performance, Holocaust Cantata was featured in The New York Times and on CNN.

McCullough has over 30 published or soon-to-be-published compositions represented by numerous publishers. Many of these works were commissioned for special occasions, such as significant anniversaries and celebrations of service, in which McCullough has worked with a wide variety of organizations, including middle and high schools, small and large church programs, colleges, universities, professional choruses and community choirs.


ilenaIleana Fernández

EWC Concert Series, September 22, 2013 3:00p.m., Milne Auditorium

Ileana Fernández, pianist, began her study of piano at age 11, after coming to the United States from her native Cuba. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts from Jacksonville University, and a Master of Music in piano performance from Florida State University. She also earned a Master of Arts in Spanish from Middlebury College in Vermont.

In 1979 Ms. Fernández joined the faculty of the Florida State College at Jacksonville and the roster of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. At FSCJ, Ms. Fernández is Director of Piano Studies and teaches Applied and Group Piano, Piano Ensemble, Music Theory and Ear Training. She is a noted recitalist and collaborative pianist, and in her capacity as Principal Keyboard for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, she has worked with many guest artists.

Ms. Fernández is also the rehearsal pianist for the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus and on various occasions, Ms. Fernández has been a featured performer with the JSO. Ms. Fernández also enjoys the more personal, intimate performance of chamber music and she gives recitals frequently in the Jacksonville area. She has played in the Beaches Fine Arts Series, Friday Musicale, Jacksonville Public Libraries – Downtown and Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine Chamber Music Festival, and on music series at Cypress Village, Vicar’s Landing and the Carriage Club.



piotrPiotr Szewczyk

EWC Concert Series, Master Class, September 6, 2013 3:00 p.m., Adams-Jenkins Music & Sports Complex-Choir Room

PIOTR SZEWCZYK, (pronounced: pea-otter chef-chick) Polish-born violinist and composer, is a violinist in the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida since 2007 and is currently finishing Doctorate at Florida State University. Mr. Szewczyk holds degrees of B.M. and double M.M. in violin and composition from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Before joining JSO, Mr. Szewczyk completed a three year fellowship at the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas where he served as a rotating concertmaster.

As a violinist, Mr. Szewczyk has won prizes at competitions including a winner of the New World Symphony Concerto Competition, First Prize Winner at CCM Chamber Music Competition, First Prize Winner at the Young Artist String Competition in Lima, Ohio and a winner of the Interlochen Concerto Competition among others.

As a soloist and chamber musician Mr. Szewczyk performed in Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Colorado Music Festival, St Augustine Music Festival, numerous universities across United States and others.

Mr. Szewczyk is an avid supporter and proponent of new music and has worked with over thirty living composers and premiered their works. Mr. Szewczyk is the creator and performer of the Violin Futura Project, a recital of brand new, short, exciting and innovative solo violin pieces written and dedicated to him by renowned composers from around the word.




All  EWC Concert Series events are free and open to the public. For locating Milne Auditorium, view the EWC Campus Map.

To support the EWC 2012-2013 Concert Series by becoming a sponsor, contact Michelle Huang at (904) 470-8268 or m.huang@ewc.edu

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 September 2013 20:18