Faculty Spotlight Information

Faculty Spotlight Information

Faculty Spotlight Series - Boyd Recital Hall

The renowned faculty of the Rowan Department of Music takes the stage for an exciting series of concerts, featuring special guests and more. All concerts are free, no ticket required.

George Rabbai, Dean Schneider & Friends

Wednesday, September 27 at 8pm

Acclaimed trumpeter George Rabbai and pianist Dean Schneider are joined by guest artists for “Romantic Torch Songs and Jazz Standards from the Great American Songbook,” an evening of great ballads and love songs. 

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Michal Schmidt, Cello

Sunday, October 8 at 3pm

"From Beethoven to the Romantics, a Perfect Progression"

Cellist Michal Schmidt explores Beethoven's inspiration and influence on later composers in “From Beethoven to the Romantics: A Perfect Progression.” Schmidt leads a musical examination of Beethoven’s work and legacy, accompanied by pianist Christine Delbeau. The program features Beethoven's early-period tribute to Mozart, the seven variations on an aria from "The Magic Flute" and the eccentric, late-period Sonata in C Major Op. 102 No. 1. Additionally, there are works by Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Schumann. 

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 Brian Betz, Douglas Mapp, Dan Monaghan - Jazz

Wednesday, October 11 at 8pm

Three dynamic faculty musicians offer a swinging night of jazz as part of the Faculty Spotlight Series, presented by Rowan University's College of Performing Arts, on Wednesday, October 11 at 8 pm in the university’s Boyd Recital Hall. Guitarist Brian Betz, bassist Douglas Mapp, and drummer Dan Monaghan join forces for an intimate evening of diverse tunes and arrangements for a small jazz combo.

Betz is a guitarist, composer, and educator who has performed throughout the country with numerous musical artists. He has six CD releases available on the Dreambox Media label: Up and Running (2001), Without a Doubt (2003), Dichotomy (2005), Muted Bebop (2006), The Denis DiBlasio/Brian Betz Project (2007), and Denis DiBlasio/Brian Betz Project - Flute/Guitar (2010). He is a two-time winner of the Betty Carter International Jazz Competition (2004, 2007) and a runner up for the 2006 Henry Mancini Jazz competition.

Mapp is at home in many musical styles ranging from classical and jazz to rock, Broadway, and contemporary classical. The list of artists that he has performed, recorded and toured with includes Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Donnie McClurkin, Richard Smallwood, Natalie Cole, Randy Brecker, Sean Jones, Ernie Watts, Lana Del Rey, R Kelly, and Jeff Majors. He is Principal Bassist of the Reading and Kennett Symphonies and Assistant Principal of the Delaware Symphony, as well as performing with some of the regions premiere ensembles.

Monaghan is one of the busiest drummers in the Philadelphia area. He has performed with some of the top names in jazz, including Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, Uri Caine, and Randy Brecker, in addition to recording with Dick Oatts, Garry Dial, Joe Magnarelli, Jimmy Bruno, Elio Villafranca, Joanna Pascale, John Vanore & Abstract Truth, Larry McKenna, Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord, Norman David, Tom Tallitsch, Mike Kennedy, and many others.

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Mayes Guitar Duo, Guitar

Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm

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 Denis DiBlasio & Christopher Thomas Recital, Jazz & Voice

Wednesday, October 25 at 8pm

This performance crosses boundaries as it brings together jazz artist Denis DiBlasio, choral director and baritone Christopher Thomas, and the Voces early music vocal ensemble for a unique collaborative performance.


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Robert Rawlins, Jazz

Wednesday, November 15 at 8pm

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Marian Stieber, Soprano

Wednesday, January 31 at 8:00pm

Faculty Spotlight Performance in Pfleeger Concert Hall

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Timothy Schwarz, violin

Daniel Weiser, piano

Xavier Foley, double bass

Wednesday, February 7 at 8pm

"Music from the Underground"

An evening of works by minority composers, highlighting the unique struggles different minority groups have encountered throughout history. Music from the Underground is part of the 17|18 Music of Social Justice Series. Xavier Foley appears by arrangement with young Concert Artists, Inc. 



Jazz Faculty Concert

Wednesday, April 11 at 8pm

Rowan's acclaimed jazz faculty join forces for a performance featuring a wide range of compositions and arrangements. 







 Boyd Recital Hall | FREE | No Ticket Required | General Admission Seating

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