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Monmouth University 2020 Summer Music & Arts Festival
Special Event

Monmouth University Music & Arts Festival 2021

Premieres July 1, 7:00 PM

Entering its 2nd year on the virtual stage, this year’s Monmouth University Music & Arts Festival will feature members of the Garden State Philharmonic performing music from Civil War era Marches through Ragtime, Dixieland, and Jazz featuring music by composers George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, C.W. Handy, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong. The festival will also highlight selections and solos from The Monmouth University Chamber Choir, a performance by the Blue Hawk House Band and a special reading by former United States Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey. The festival will premiere at 7:00 PM on July 1st and be available to view through July 31st. To receive the streaming link for the festival you will need to register.

The Monmouth University Music & Arts Festival is designed to provide Monmouth County communities and beyond, along with the students, faculty, and staff at Monmouth University, with the opportunity to enjoy a top-flight music and arts event each summer.

In 2022, we are looking forward to presenting a robust program of offerings as the festival will host its inaugural in-person event. Our university is the year-round home for working musicians and artists, not to mention scores of students honing their talents as instrumental and theatrical performers, visual artists, and arts administrators. With the Music and Arts Festival becoming a yearly tradition, we hope to attract nationally and internationally acclaimed musicians and other fine artists to our campus. Not only will they supplement our students’ arts education, they will be on site each summer to provide visitors with opportunities to experience premiere concerts and exhibitions right here on the Shore.


The Garden State Philharmonic – Brass Quintet and Percussion

Strike up the Band – George Gershwin, arr. Holcombe

Signal March – G.W.E. Friederich

The Entertainer – Scott Joplin arr. Arthur Frackenpohl

High Society – Cole Porter, arr. Luther Henderson

Beale Street Blues – C.W Handy, arr. Luther Henderson

Sweet Georgia Brown – Ben Bernie & Maceo Pinkard, arr. Luther Henderson

It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing – Duke Ellington, arr. David Kosmyna

Sousa Stars and Stripes – John Philip Sousa – Holcombe

The Monmouth University Chamber Choir

Steal Away – American Spiritual, arr. Gwyneth Walker

A Gershwin Jazz Trio – Words and music by Ira and George Gershwin, arr. Jay Althouse

  1. “Nice Work if you Can Get it.”
  2. “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
  3. “I Got Rhythm.”

Seasons of Love – Words and music Jonathan Larson, arr. Steve Zegree
Soloists: Brynn Coy, Jordan Dilone, Tyler Oden, Kailey Rouse, David Wilderotter

Vocal Solos by Members of the Monmouth University Chamber and Concert Choirs

Shenandoah – American Folk Song, arr. Jay Althouse
Brynn Coy – soprano

Desperado – Eagles –
Samantha Jordan, mezzo soprano

She Used to Be Mine – from the Broadway musical “Waitress,” Sarah Barellies
Rachel Wilson, soprano

Wayfaring Stranger – American Spiritual, arr. Nick Garrett
Nick Garrett, guitar and voice

Strange Fruit – Billie Holiday
Jenae Louis-Jacques, mezzo soprano

Run Away with Me – Words and music Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk
David Wilderotter, baritone

Cry Me a River – Arthur Hamilton
Georgette Abinader, mezzo soprano

Who I’d Be – from “Shrek the Musical,” Words and music David Lindsay- Abaire and Jeanine Tesori

Mitchell Hendricks, baritone, Mia Heim, mezzo soprano Jordan Dilone, tenor

Summertime – from the Opera “Porgy and Bess,” George Gershwin
Jenae Louis-Jacques, mezzo soprano

Somewhere Over a Rainbow – Words and music by Edgar Harburg and Harold Arlen, arr. Murray Cutter.
Kristen Wilczewski, soprano

Blue Hawk House Band
Cover version of “Freedom,” composed by John Lomax, Jonny Coffer, Alan Lomax, Frank Tirado, Dean McIntosh, Kendrick Lamar, Carla Marie & Beyoncé

Performance Groups:

Garden State Philharmonic – Brass Quintet and Percussion:
Diane Wittry – Music Director and Conductor
Michael Baker (Trumpet 1), Olivia Pidi (Trumpet 2), Karl Kramer-Johansen (Horn), Roger Verdi (Trombone), Wes Krygsman (Tuba), Gregory Landes (Percussion), Michael Avagliano (Score Reader)

Monmouth University Chamber Choir:
Dr. David Tripold, director,
Maggie Tripold, accompanist
Georgette Abinader; Kendall Brighton; Brynn Coy; Jordan Dilone; Mia Heim; Mitchell Hendricks; Arina Martin; Erin McGinniss; Tyler Oden; Lindsay Ploskonka; Delaney Rivera; Kailey Rouse; Nicholas Sewell; David Wilderotter; Rachel Wilson

Blue Hawk House Band
George Wurzbach, Director

Mani Kissling (vocals), Mark Rodriguez (Guitars/Keyboards,) Dee DiMeola (Drums), Max Adolf (Guitar), Michael Rabbits (Rap) Dillon Schindler (Keyboards) Sara Wojciehowski (Bass/producer), B. J. Biedebach (engineer)

Please Note: Registration for this event is now closed.