Current Projects

New Art/ New Music at the Rice University Gallery: Dean Georgeton

New Art/New Music, an ongoing program, is now in it’s fourth consecutive year. It has offered students the opportunity to design programs that connect with installations in the gallery. Shepherd students play contemporary music and our composers write music just for these events. Since its inception in the fall of 2010, the program has presented many premiers of student works. The Gallery arranges for student organizers to meet the artists and provides posters for the concerts.

The new installation this spring is by Japanese architects Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kajiima of Atelier Bow-Wow - in collaboration with students of the Rice School of Architecture. In February 2015, Shepherd Students presented a concert of new and contemporary music in the Gallery in conjunction with the installation. The Richter Fund for Music Outreach supported production elements of this concert.

Four of a Kind: Hewen Ma and Frances Lee
Hewen Ma, Frances Lee, Jinhua Li and Qianyao Zheng are pianists from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. They decided to team up as Four of a Kind to present Dancing Through Europe, a concert of dance music by five European composers at the Methodist Hospital in the Houston Medical Center. They are playing a variety of characteristic dances written for four and six hands, and combining the music with commentary.

Monday and Tuesday, April 27th and April 28th, 2015
The Crain Garden at The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas

Music will include works by Fauré
Debussy, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Dvořák

This concert is supported by Rice University's Sviatoslav Richter Fund for Music Outreach, which encourages students to create music outreach projects benefitting the Greater Houston Area. Exploring creative ways for sharing classical music with new audiences has become an increasingly important skill for young musicians to develop. The Sviatoslav Richter Fund for Music Outreach was created by a Rice alumna, who believes wholeheartedly in the work that pianist Sviatoslav Richter did to bring music to people in creative and inspiring, nontraditional ways. Shepherd School students annually have the opportunity to continue the legacy of Richter by developing new ideas for bringing music to the community.

Rice African Music Ensemble: Andrew Keller

The project was a profound success and enriched the lives of all involved. The Rice African Music Ensemble (RAME) has had the opportunity to perform for local schools in the Houston community. Rice University has benefited from the collaboration that arose between our ensemble and the Rice African Student Association (RASA). Also, the large African American population at Rice University and in the Houston community, now have an authentic source of music to represent their cultural traditions. During the 2014-2015 academic year, Rice African Music Ensemble (RAME) has continued to expand its musical and cultural influence with partnerships both on campus and in Houston at large.

For the second year in a row, on January 24th RAME performed at the Rice African Student Association’s event, “Africaye,” playing traditional marimba music from Zimbabwe and South Africa which perfectly fit the theme “Roots: The Story of Africa.” Our performance was well received and we hope to continue our collaboration with RASA.

Besides RAME’s partnership with Young Audiences of Houston, this year has seen a blossoming relationship with Harmony School of Science High in Sugarland, TX. RAME performed for the second consecutive year at HSSH’s International Festival in February 2015 where RAME represented the music of Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Because of performances at Texas Children’s Hospital, RAME was asked to collaborate with the hospital’s recording studio, Purple Songs can Fly, on a recording project for the hospital’s newest advertising campaign that will help equip and update hospitals in rural areas of Africa.