Florida College Chorus and Chamber Singers Receive Medals at International Competition

The Florida College Chorus and Chamber Singers received two gold medals and one silver medal at the Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival in Linz, Austria. "The quality of competition, dedication of effort by our chorus and chamber singers, and direction of professors Bassett and Moore, speak of the ability and quality of our school of music,” Dr. Brian Crispell, academic dean, said. At their first-ever international competition, the groups performed in three categories: mixed choirs with a compulsory piece, sacred choir music and chamber choir. The Florida College Chorus, led by Dr. Jon Bassett, received first place in mixed choirs and third place in sacred choir music. The chorus was also selected to compete in the final round alongside six other choirs. The Florida College Chamber Singers, led by Tim Moore, received third place in chamber choir. Bassett began to plan for the choir competition over a year ago and selected literature for the competition in early fall 2016. The chorus training and rehearsals were oriented toward competitive singing focusing on healthy vocal technique, rhythm, pitch and diction. "By focusing on the fundamentals of good singing and musicianship we began to achieve better results,” Bassett said. "The students were highly motivated and rose to the level of competition." The sixth Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival was hosted by INTERKULTUR, a non-profit organization seeking to bring countries together through peaceful competition in music. INTERKULTUR competitions are open to all non-professional choirs, so groups from all over the world have an opportunity to gain international festival and competition experience and compete according to their level of artistic achievement. In addition to performing in an international competition, the students experienced the rich history and culture [...]

June 22nd, 2017|

Florida College Falcons Join NAIA and SSAC

The Florida College Falcons will join the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) effective July 1, 2017. Florida College’s athletic director, Pat Todd, led the application process to join both the NAIA and SSAC, and President Payne is confident membership will be a benefit to the institution. “This new athletic affiliation will help raise the quality of our athletic programs for our students, not only in the level of competition, but also in terms of NAIA’s emphasis on academics and character,” Payne said. The NAIA is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. Also joining the association in 2017 are six other colleges: Cleary University, College of St. Joseph, Life Pacific College, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Rust College and University of Maine at Fort Kent. Four of the new members were previously affiliated with the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), while the other two came from the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and NCAA. “We’re excited to welcome these seven outstanding institutions to the NAIA,” Jim Carr, NAIA president and chief executive officer, said. “Each of these schools value character-driven athletics and are a great fit for our association.” NAIA schools must meet membership criteria that include financial stability, sports sponsorship, accreditation and a commitment to character-driven athletics. In line with these ideals, Florida College athletics are consistently dedicated to developing the whole person and representing the college’s mission with excellence. Florida College will also join the SSAC, a conference within the NAIA with 10 member institutions across Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. The conference sponsors 17 intercollegiate sports, culminating in 17 conference championship events held annually [...]

June 20th, 2017|

Florida College Hosts Labor Camp 2017

Florida College hosted a total of 55 participants on campus at Labor Camp on June 4-9, 2017. The volunteers at the 13th annual camp donated nearly 1,500 hours of labor, saving the college more than $45,000. To date, Labor Camp has now saved Florida College approximately $475,000. Labor Camp operates on Florida College’s campus each summer under the supervision of the director of alumni relations, Adam Olson. This year’s camp was directed by Craig Bean, the original Labor Camp director, Florida College alumnus and president of The Hutchinson Bell. This year’s Labor Camp participants completed a variety of projects to improve campus: Painted the interior of Henderson Dining Hall and half the third-floor suites in Boswell Hall Completed landscaping by the Student Center and Legacy Courtyard Constructed new classroom podiums Rewired lighting in Puckett Auditorium Relocated lockers and cleared brush at Florida College Academy Relocated education materials and painted shelving in Chatlos Library Cleaned classrooms Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers who participated in this year’s Labor Camp!

June 14th, 2017|

Florida College Chorus and Chamber Singers Will Compete in Austria

The Florida College Chorus and Chamber Singers will travel to compete in the sixth International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival in Linz, Austria on June 11-18, 2017! Led by Dr. Jon Bassett and Tim Moore, students in both ensembles will begin their trip in Salzburg with two days of learning about the rich musical history of the city. The ensembles will then begin the four-day international competition in Linz. Students will compete in the choral and ensemble divisions against international groups and perform in the surrounding communities. This will be the first time a Florida College fine arts ensemble has traveled to an overseas competition and will provide a significant opportunity to compete in an international context. "It's a great opportunity for our students to sing in some of the worlds greatest venues and see the places several of the composers we are learning about through their compositions worked and lived," Bassett said. "It brings history and art into a more tangible experience they will share with their friends and cherish for a lifetime." The Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival is hosted by INTERKULTUR, a non-profit organization seeking to bring countries together through peaceful competition in music. INTERKULTUR competitions are open to all non-professional choirs, so groups from all over the world have an opportunity to gain international festival and competition experience and compete according to their level of artistic achievement. This year’s competition, dedicated to Anton Bruckner, will include 19 international choirs from 12 countries. "Choral music is a cultural tradition around the world," Bassett said. "Sharing the love of choral music with other cultures brings people together and it is a catalyst for developing a broader perspective of self, [...]

June 8th, 2017|

Noelani Lee is living His way.

Although Noelani Lee is the first person from her family to attend Florida College, she has heard countless stories of the friendships formed and memories made at the school. "Meeting people and hearing about their experiences with the school was what made me decide to come to Florida College,” Noelani said. “Any time I talked to people from my congregation or older friends who had gone here, their experiences were overwhelmingly positive.” Many of the stories Noelani heard about Florida College were from volunteers at Florida College Oregon Camp. She grew up attending the camp, and she had countless opportunities to build relationships with campers, counselors and Camp Friends. Noelani came to study in the liberal studies program at Florida College so she could enjoy the same kinds of experiences she had at camp. She is studying in the pre-professional health sciences program to become a Physician Assistant. She is also actively involved on campus with Zeta Phi Epsilon and the Health Science Association. Now that she's a student, the memories she has of her Camp Friends over the years inspired her to become a Camp Friend and impact other young people. "I remember looking up to my camp friends so much,” Noelani sad. "Now when I’m in that situation, it’s a lot of pressure but it is also one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.” As a Camp Friend, Noelani gets to spend the summer traveling across the country with a group of friends to attend Florida College camps. Throughout her journeys, she has been able to stay in the homes of Florida College alumni and friends in many different cities and states. That allows her to learn more about them [...]

June 1st, 2017|