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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 University of Maryland School of Music. 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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Formation of College of Fine Arts Postponed

8/6/2019. The University has revised the timeline for transforming the departments of Art, Theatre and Music, currently comprising The Division of Fine Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences, into a new College of Fine Arts. Read more...

Event Highlights

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Jazz Choir Auditions
Tuesday, August 20, 2:10-3:30 PM, Childers Recital Hall (Rm 3001) and Thursday, August 22, 2 PM-, Room 3009, Lulu Vere Childers Hall - OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED HU STUDENTS!

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