Sunday, August 7, 2016

8/8/2016 - 8/13/2016 Recruiting in San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Milovan Paz and Paul Christopher, cellists
Marcela Fernandez, Host and NSULA alumn

8:00 am Lecture: Tools and Techniques on How to Be a Good Music Teacher

9:00 - 11:00 am Masterclasses at Escuela de Aplicacion Musical

11:00 am Recital

2:00 - 4:00 pm Masterclasses at Escuela de Musica Victoriano Lopez

4:00 - 7:00 pm Orchestra Rehearsal

8:00 am Auditions

11:00 am Masterclasses at Escuela de Musica Victoriano Lopez

2:00 pm Lecture: Tools and Techniques on How to Be a Good Music Teacher

3:00 pm Auditions

4:00 - 6:00 pm Orchestra Rehearsal

6:00 pm Recital
Marcela Fernandez, NSULA alum

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Auditions on 8/26/2016

Acadiana Symphony Orchestra
       Mariusz Smolij, Music Director

August 26, 2016

Positions Available
Subs for all instruments
Violin - Associate Concertmaster
Violin - Principal Second
Violin - Section
Viola - Principal
Viola - Section
Cello - Assistant Principal
Bass Trombone

Detailed information, application form, and
printable music excerpts are available online at:

Application Deadline - August 12, 2016

The ASO will be holding its annual orchestra auditions on August 26 2016, at the ASO building located at 412 Travis in the Lafayette Oil Center. Please visit our website at to complete an online application.

Emil Ivanov
Personnel Manager/Librarian
Acadiana Symphony Orchestra 
337.232.4277 ext. 6 (office)
337.237.4712 (fax)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

7/16/2016 at 7:30 pm

Morris & Dickson Company 
Music & Milestones featuring Craig Schulman, tenor, Tamara Hayden, soprano, Gary Mauer, tenor
Municipal Auditorium
Shreveport, Louisiana


Dance of the Comedians . . . . Smetana

Give My Regards to Broadway . . . . Cohan

Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life . . . . Herbert

Indian Love Call . . . . Friml

Ol' Man River . . . . Kern

I Got Rhythm . . . . Gershwin

Night and Day . . . . Porter

Nothin' Like a Dame . . . . Rodgers & Hart

Almost Like Being in Love . . . . Lerner & Lowe

Anything You Can Do . . . . Berlin

Jump Swing Fever . . . . Ellington

Fugue for Tinhorns . . . . Loesser

Ya Got Trouble . . . . Willson

Love Me Tender . . . . Darby

Folsom Prison Blues . . . . Cash

The Impossible Dream . . . . Leigh & Darion

Don't Cry for Me Argentina . . . . Lloyd-Webber

Bring Him Home  . . . . Schonberg & Boublil

Music of the Night . . . . Lloyd-Webber

Defying Gravity . . . . Schwartz

Jersey Boys Medley . . . . Valli

NSU cello section: Christopher, Restrepo, Paz

Sunday, June 5, 2016

2016 New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival

The New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival is a festival of contemporary solo & chamber works. It affords an opportunity for contemporary composers to work with professional musicians during the rehearsal process and have their original compositions performed during an intense four-day festival. All compositions will be eligible for the Black Bayou Composition Award monetary prize.

6/2/2016 at 6:30 pm in The Palace, Monroe, Louisiana

PROGRAM included:

The Garden of Live Flowers . . . . Philip Schuessler
Milovan Paz (NSU alum)

Excursions . . . . Charles Corey
through the forest, at night
crossing the river, at morning
ascending the mountain, at dawn
Milovan Paz (NSU alum)

6/3/2016 at 7:30 pm in Biedenharn Hall at University of  Louisiana at Monroe

PROGRAM included:

Swept . . . . Suzanne Sorkin (3rd Prize)
Scott Humes (ULM) and Paul Christopher (NSU)

L to R: S. Humes, O. Molina, P. Christopher

6/4/2016 at 12:00 pm at the Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge
Monroe, Louisiana

PROGRAM included:

topograhies . . . . John Teske (1st Prize)

In C . . . . Terry Riley

6/4/2016 at 7:30 pm at the Dixie Center for the Arts
Ruston, Louisiana

PROGRAM included:

Sonata for Violoncello and Piano . . . . Peter Dayton
Paul Christopher and Richard Seiler

Flat Earth Man Ape . . . . Noberto Oldrini (2nd Prize)
Paul Christopher, Sandra Lunte, and Richard Seiler

L to R: Norberto Oldrini (composer/Italy), Richard Seiler (piano, ULM), Mel Mobley (Festival Director, ULM), Paul Christopher (cello, NSU), Peter Dayton (composer/USA), Sandra Lunte (flute, ULM).

Sunday, May 29, 2016

5/28/2016 at 7:30 pm

Symphony on the Square
South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
El Dorado County Court House
101 N. Washington Ave
El Dorado, Arkansas


National Anthem
American Salute
Highlights from Phantom of the Opera
Je Veux Vivre
Tonight from West Side Story
Harry's Wonderful World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Johnny B. Goode
Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld
Sabre Dance
Liberty Bell March
Pink Panther Theme
Jump, Jive and Wail from Jump Spring Fever
George M. Cohan Salute
God Bless America
1812 Overture
Stars and Stripes Forever March

So proud of my former students.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Interested in participating in the 2016 Summer Jazz Camp held in Shreveport?

Christopher Allen will be presenting his 4th Annual Summer Jazz Camp this June. If you know young musicians who are interested in jazz or just want to be better musicians please recommend this camp to them. There will also be some free jazz concerts in conjunction with the camp that we know you will love. Below is some information about the camp and the concerts.

Week 1:  June 20 – 25
Week 2:  June 27 – July 2
Camp Location:  LSU-Shreveport, Bronson Hall, 1st Floor

Registration Deadline:  June 15, 2016
Cost per week:  $160
Early Registration : Early Bird Special #2:  $150 per week, Deadline May 31

Camp sessions are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, with concerts being held Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. as noted below.

Student Requirements:
Knowledge of their instrument of choice
Must bring their own instrument and music stand
Must have completed at least one year of study on the instrument
Must know one/two octave scales (major and minor) on the instrument

Louisiana Jazz Camp supports the future generation of jazz lovers and enthusiasts, and fosters and preserves Louisiana’s cultural heritage. Jazz Camp is a collaboration of the Shreveport Summer Music Festival, Project String Power Inc., and Louisiana State University Shreveport. Jazz Camp serves to enhance local music education programs and music curriculum, and also the musical knowledge, skills, and performances of student participants. Jazz Camp is an annual event, and we look forward to many future jazz-filled summers.

Free Concerts at the LSUS University Center Theater:

Jazz Cats Student Concert – Friday, June 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Jazz Cats Student Concert – Friday, July 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Jazz Camp Faculty Concert – Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Jazz Camp Faculty Concert – Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m
For more information contact: Chris Allen at or (318) 626-7996

You can also find out more about the 2016 Shreveport Summer Music Festival Jazz Camp at: 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Samuel Stokes (b.1980) Scion of Eisenach

This is Paul Christopher performing the solo cello piece "Scion of Eisenach" composed by Samuel Stokes at the Sugarmill Music Festival in Alexandria, LA on May 15, 2016.