The Music Department – News & Events

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Western New York Musician, Former Villa Maria Music Student Will Holton Featured on WGRZ’s commUNITY Spotlight - Will Holton didn’t start playing the saxophone until his senior year at Buffalo Traditional High School. Previously, he had dedicated most of his time to his involvement with JROTC. Once his path shifted and he became more focused on music, he enrolled into Villa Maria’s Music program, where he studied jazz performance. Despite his dedication […]
Percussionist & Music Faculty John Bacon Curates JAZZ IMPRESSIONS: 1968, a New Region-wide Jazz Initiative - Last month John Bacon, who serves as a faculty member in the music department at Villa Maria College, announced a new, annual, region-wide jazz initiative, JAZZ IMPRESSIONS: 1968. Curated by John Bacon, and supported by a $3000 award from the The Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation, the series asks  musicians and literary artists to reflect on […]
Line Up Announced for 2018-2019 M&T Concert Series - The performance line up for Villa Maria College’s 2018-2019 M&T Concert Series has been set, and the College will host 6 free concerts between September and March. The 2018-2019 concert series includes a jazz sextet, a classical duo, an alumni concert featuring highly accomplished jazz fusion and blues performers, a group featuring musicians and dancers […]
Villa Maria College Celebrates 54th Commencement: Harkness, Principato, Rust and Say Yes to Education Buffalo to Receive Awards - Villa Maria College will celebrate its 54th commencement on Sunday, May 20, 2018. The ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m. and takes place in the auditorium, will award degrees to 115 students. A total of 68 students will receive bachelor degrees: 9 bachelors of arts, 7 bachelors of science, 2 bachelors of business administration, 50 […]
2018 Honors Convocation Awardees - Honor Convocation is an annual event at which we celebrate our students’ academic achievements. This year’s Convocation was held on April 26, 2018. Eighteen students were recognized as outstanding in their major, for presenting at this year’s Symposium and received the faculty association achievement award, and 11 students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international […]
Strong Showing for Villa’s Music Department in 4th Annual JazzBuffalo Poll - The fourth annual JazzBuffalo Poll results are in, and Villa’s faculty and alumni were named as winners in several categories. According to JazzBuffalo, the poll is a casting of ballots by readers of JazzBuffalo, audiences, fans, musicians, and supporters of jazz.  The poll is not a “best of” from a critic point of view.  Rather, it […]
Michael Petrino, ’14, Joins Los Angeles-Based Trickfish Amplification as Touring Bassist and Multi-Instrumentalist - Trickfish Amplification, a California-based company that produces professional-grade musical instrument amplification product, has hired Michael Petrino, a 2014 graduate of Villa Maria College’s Music Industry program.  Petrino is an up-and-coming professional bassist with roots deep in the Buffalo, New York music scene. After graduating with an Associate Degree in Business from Bryant & Stratton College in 2008, […]
2017 Honors Convocation a Success - Each year, students, families, faculty and staff gather in our recital hall to celebrate the academic achievements of our students throughout the school year. This year’s event took place yesterday, April 27, 2017.  Twenty-three students were recognized as outstanding in their major, for presenting at this year’s Symposium and as a Who’s Who, and 21 students were inducted into […]
Music Chair Casuccio 1/2 of Rock Duo A&L - Anthony Casuccio, assistant professor of music and the chairman of Villa’s music department, has been a producer for more than 25 years. He worked with Johnny Cash and Buffalo’s Aqueous before teaming up with Lana Marie, the lead singer and bass guitarist of Black Widow, to form A&L. A&L is a pop/rock duo that’s put out an EP […]
Students Present their Research Papers at Villa’s Second Undergraduate Symposium - On Thursday, April 20, 2017 Villa Maria College held its second annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Seven students presented original work they completed in their classes to an audience made up of fellow students, faculty and staff members, and administrators. Congratulations to the following students, whose presentations led to enriching academic discussions and gave the students the opportunity […]
Villa Grads, Faculty Win in JazzBuffalo Poll - The JazzBuffalo Poll has announced the winners of its 2016 poll, and several member of the Villa community were recognized. The JazzBuffalo Poll is designed for the readers of JazzBuffalo and audiences of jazz performances to recognize outstanding jazz artists and jazz performances in 2016. The poll is an interactive, audience-based platform that allows jazz fans […]
Spring Open House Date Announced - On Saturday, March 25, 2017, Villa Maria College is hosting its Spring Open House for students interested in learning more about the college. Prospective students and their families can learn about our 18 academic programs, including emerging majors in psychology, digital media and communication, digital filmmaking, and our recently-accredited occupational therapy assistant program. Open house […]
Villa Maria College Announces a Change to Its Spring 2016 M&T Concert Series Line Up - Free Monthly Concerts Open to the Public  Buffalo, NY – Villa Maria College has announced a change in one of the entertainers scheduled for its M&T Concert Series for the spring 2016 semester.  Dr. Bevely Smoker’s performance has been canceled. Instead, The Decho Ensemble will perform. The Decho Ensemble, founded in 2011 by saxophonists Sarah Marchitelli […]
Villa Maria College Announces Its Spring 2016 M&T Concert Series Line Up - Free Monthly Concerts Open to the Public  Buffalo, NY – Villa Maria College has announced the line up of entertainers for its M&T Concert Series for the spring 2016 semester.  All concerts take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Recital Hall on the Villa campus, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Buffalo, NY 14225.  […]
LA HS Villa Maria College Adjunct Professor to be Inducted into Buffalo Music Hall of Fame - Villa students and professors to perform at ceremony on October 8. What does Linda Lombardo Appleby, adjunct professor in Villa Maria College’s Music Department, have in common with Big Wheelie, Ani DiFranco, Jo Ann Falleta, Spyro Gyra and Grover Washington, Jr.? On Thursday, October 8, Lombardo Appleby will be inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall […]
jazzbuffalo.org Music Instructors Win 2014 Reader’s Poll - Three Villa Music instructors were winners in the 2014 Reader’s Poll presented by jazzbuffalo.org. Dr. John Bacon won for best Jazz Drummer, while Kelly Bucheger won as part of What Would Mingus Do? for best Classic BeBop/Hard Bop Group, and Jerry Livingston won for best Jazz Electric Bass. All were nominated by the community in late December 2014, and then selected […]
Gospel Chorus Impresses Maestro With Performance - Villa Maria College’s Gospel Chorus performed at the annual Honors Banquet for the National Federation of Just Communities of Western New York, held on Thursday, April 11 at the Hyatt in downtown Buffalo. The program included Maestro Joann Faletta, who was impressed with the performance of the chorus.  After requesting a private listening, Faletta invited the […]
Music Students Perform at Fundraiser - Villa Maria College Music program students Khalil Garrison ‘16, Victoria Morduant ‘16, Andrea Rosario ‘14, and Danielle Webster ‘14 performed at the annual Kavinoky Theatre fundraiser, the Kavinoky Kavalkade, held at Buffalo’s historic Saturn Club on Saturday, April 5th. Along with music instructor Linda Appleby the students performed light jazz singing with piano accompaniment. The Kavinoky Theatre opened in the […]
Photo Instructor’s New Installation Reviewed in Artvoice - Photo Instructor Megan Metté is featured in this week’s Artvoice for her large format photos on display at the Unity Church of Practical Christianity on Delaware Avenue. There is a closing celebration Friday, February 21 from 7 p.m.  to 10 p.m. after the Student Photography exhibit opening reception. The music collective Wooden Cities, which includes Music instructor Michael […]
Villa Maria College Music Program Receives National Accreditation for its Music Degree Programming - Villa Maria College is pleased to announce it has been granted Associate Membership with the National Association of Schools of Music, (NASM).  The National Association of Schools of Music currently recognizes 641 schools, conservatories, colleges and universities that meet national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. Villa Maria College becomes one of […]

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