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Bower School of Music and the Arts




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Vision: Inspire  ♦  Create  ♦  Perform            Changing Lives Through the Power of the Arts.


Anne Carncross (theatre) and her Stagecraft students volunteered for a combined 62 hours over 2 days on the build of a Habitat for Humanity home. Aside from helping with the creation of a home, the students were able to gain both tool and building experience they would not normally be provided due to space constraints.

Several piano students, including Pedro Che and Jason Gomez, have recently performed as part of Koreshan State Historic Site's Music Series, which is open to the public.

Tyler Layton (theatre) currently teaches a comedy acting class at the local community theatre, The Naples Players.

Members of the Wind Orchestra recently performed as part of the Collier All County Band Concert at Golden Gate High School in Naples.

Michael Rohrbacher (music) recently served as disciplinary mentor for a senior high school student in the Collier County Public School's Advanced Placement Laureate Program, and presented continuing education courses for music therapists at both regional and national music therapy conferences.

Anica Sturdivant (Gallery Coordinator) juried and gave a talk at BIG Arts for their DiscARTed exhibition this past October and November.

Gerritt VanderMeer (theatre) hosts a free monthly podcast entitled The State of Shakespeare, available on iTunes.

Mary Voytek (art) serves as a Board member to the Sydney and Berne Davis Art Center.

Judy Evans (music) has been working in the Collier County Public Schools as the Orchestra Director; in Pinellas County, setting up a pre-kindergarten violin program; and in Hillesborough County doing a teacher/student workshop.


August 19 through September 24  
  • FGCU Art Faculty Exhibition; Main Gallery, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday) and until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday

Thursday, September 3 
  • 5:00-7:00 p.m. FGCU Art Faculty Exhibition Reception and Meet the Faculty; Main Gallery (this event is free and open to the public)

Thursday, September 10 
  • 7:30 p.m. A Feast of American Songs concert, featuring Drs. Jeanie Darnell and Michael Baron; U.Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building; Tickets are $10 for the general public and $7 for students

Saturday, September 12 
  • 8:00 p.m. 9th Annual 24 Hour Festival Presentation and Awards Ceremony; Parking Garage #2, FGCU Campus (this event is free and open to the public)