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Piano Renewal Initiative

Please consider supporting our Piano Renewal Initiative. If you have a high-quality piano in good condition that you are no longer using, or if you would like to purchase or contribute towards a new piano, please contact the Department of Music Office for more information regarding our specific needs.

Metropolitan Club donates Steinway M grand piano

Katz Foundation donates new Steinway recital piano

Leon Bates Masterclass and Mini-Concert officially launches Piano Renewal Initiative.

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Guericke C. Royal
Associate Professor

Jazz Theory, Jazz Arranging, Music Technology; Coordinator of Jazz Studies with Music Technology Emphasis

Childers Hall, Room 3036
(202) 806-7137

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Chris Royal earned his Bachelor of Music, cum laude, and Master of Music degrees at Howard University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts ("D.M.A.") degree from The Rome School of Music at The Cathlolic University of America. He studied arranging with Reppard Stone. Trumpet and Orchestration studies at Peabody Conservatory of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory. Winner of multiple Downbeat Magazine College Awards for Extended Composition, Jazz Arranging and Jazz Improvisation.

Professor Royal has performed on trumpet in concert and/or televised performances and recordings with Henry Mancini, the Duke Ellington Orchestra under Mercer Ellington, Whitney Houston, Lionel Hampton, the Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Barbra Streisand, Donnie McClurkin, Petula Clark, and Dionne Warwick. Mr. Royal continues to be active as a freelance trumpet performer for musicals, recordings, and concerts in many different genres.

His many theatrical credits include "Five Guys Named Moe," "Grease," "The Hot Mikado," "Sophisticated Ladies," "The Gospel at Colonus" (Original Broadway cast and recording). Artist-in-Residence for the Smithsonian Institution's "The Music of Louis Armstrong and the Hot Five/Seven 1926-1931." Featured soloist with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, the Baltimore Jazz Orchestra, and the Soulful Symphony.

Composed and arranged music for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and the TV series "America's Most Wanted," as well as many theatrical and recording productions, such as the Helen Hayes Award winning production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Catalyst Theatre in Washington, DC. A second collaboration with Catalyst produced the critically aclaimed "Roundheads and Peakheads" in which he again composed all new music. He also composed music for the opening session of the Nancy Hanks Lecture on the Arts honoring Ken Burns. Dr. Royal is also in demand as a studio arranger and as an independent audio recording, mixing, and mastering engineer.

Dr. Royal holds active memberships in the The American Federation of Musicians (AFM), the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), NARAS (The Grammy Foundation), and MENC: The National Association for Music Education.

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On-Campus Auditions for Fall 2019 Admission
were held on January 26 and March 2, 2019. Interested students who did not audition on those dates may request a special appointment by contacting the appropriate Performance Area Coordinator ASAP.

University Academic Calendar 2018-2019 (rev. 04/06/2018)

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Event Highlights

Many of our events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!



Jazz Ensemble ("HUJE") at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW, WDC - Fri, April 19, 6-9pm $5 Admission

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month!
Join us in April as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month 2019. Many events are free and open to the public!

Howard U Jazz Week 2019 Sidebar Calendar
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Arthur C. Dawkins, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Introduces HU Jazz Oral History Project
Dr. Dawkins will introduce the website that includes interviews with some of the major architects of modern jazz (Gillespie, Blakey, Roach). This work may be found in the Moorland-Spingarn Library Collection at http://library.howard.edu/jazz/.

Photo of Arthur C. Dawkins, Ph.D.Dr. Dawkins will also discuss the evolution of Jazz Education at Howard University.

Childers Recital Hall, Thu, Mar 7, 12:40pm FREE

HUJE Spring Concert feat. Special Guest Derrick Gardner
Ira Aldridge Theater, Tue, April 9, 12:40pm FREE

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Professor Chris Royal, D.M.A., Discusses the Legacy of Louis Armstrong
Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 11, 11am - FREE

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Jazz in Class: HU Jazz Improvisation Showcase
Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 11, 12:40pm - FREE

Vocal Jazz Ensembles at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Fri, April 12, 6-9pm $

Flyer for Afro Blue, SAASy and HU Jazz Singers at Westminster Chiurch 4/12/19
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Symphony Orchestra & Concert Band Joint Spring Concert
Orchestral works by Handel and Beethoven. Ira Aldridge Theater, Sun, Apr 14, 4pm - FREE

Symphony Orchestra Concert Poster for 4/14/19
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2019 NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim Presents Masterclass
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 16, 12:40-1:30pm - FREE

Colorful Flyer for Abdullah Imbrahim Masterclass on Tue 4/16
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