Confucius Institute trip inspired new album from TROY professor

TROY music professor Dr. Carl Vollrath poses with a piano. (TROY photo/Mark Moseley)

TROY music professor Dr. Carl Vollrath poses with a piano. (TROY photo/Mark Moseley)

A trip to China made such an impact on Dr. Carl Vollrath that he wrote an entire album based on his experiences.

That album, “Warrior Monks,” was released recently and features two clarinet concerti and a trumpet concerto inspired by Vollrath’s trip with the Troy University Confucius Institute to China a few years ago.

“It…

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TROY professor’s Universal workshop bringing film experience to students

A workshop designed by TROY professor Robert W. Smith brings movie-making experience to high school and college students at Universal.

A workshop designed by TROY professor Robert W. Smith brings movie-making experience to high school and college students at Universal.

A workshop designed by a Troy University professor is bringing hands-on movie making experience to high school and college students at Universal Orlando Resort.

Sound Design: Music and the Art of Foley is a workshop designed by Robert W. Smith, coordinator of TROY’s music industry program, and aimed at giving students around the country an…

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Concert Chorale is headed to Carnegie Hall

Members of the Troy University Concert Chorale. The group has been invited to perform next year at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Members of the Troy University Concert Chorale. The group has been invited to perform next year at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

“Get us to Carnegie Hall” was the mandate Dr. Diane Orlofsky heard from Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. when the new John Maloy Long Hall was dedicated three years ago.

“The Chancellor laid his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘we’ve built this space–now get us to Carnegie Hall,’” she recalls.

That’s exactly…

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POPulus puts music industry students in the spotlight

POPulus is a pop music ensemble consisting of TROY student musicians from a wide array of backgrounds and genres.

POPulus is a pop music ensemble consisting of TROY student musicians from a wide array of backgrounds and genres.

Hip-hop, hard rock and country aren’t musical genres typically associated with university bands.

But a group of Troy University students, under the guidance of faculty member Robert Smith, is not only writing and recording within those genres, but performing at area festivals and even releasing albums.

POPulus is TROY’s pop music ensemble, which gives students…

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