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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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Michael Bunn


Childers Hall, Room SB-4
(202) 806-4965

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B.M., M.M., Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD

Michael Murray Bunn has been a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra for more than thirty years. The KCOHO is also recognized as the official ensemble for the Washington National Opera, Placido Domingo, General Director. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Mr. Bunn was the first to receive both a BM and MM in tuba performance from the Peabody Conservatory, located in Baltimore, Maryland. He has studied with David Bragunier, Arnold Jacobs, Warren Deck and Edward Whitfield.

For years, Michael has been recognized as first-call for the Washington-Baltimore area freelance scene. Demonstrating versatility, he has been engaged by the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, been on stage with such orchestras as the Concertgebouw, Orchestra Nationale de France, Bolshoi Opera, Paris Opera, Kirov Opera, and has performed in chamber recital with world renowned flutist, Jean Pierre Rampal. Mr. Bunn has played under such luminaries as Seiji Ozawa, Sir Georg Solti, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Bernstein, Bernard Haitink, Andre Previn, Valery Gergiev and Michael Tilson Thomas.

In addition to working in the pit at KC, Mr. Bunn is also a member of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. He has taught at most of the major universities and colleges in the DC region. Currently, in addition to his responsibilities at Howard, he is on the faculties of Shenandoa and Towson Universities.



Welcome Class of 2022!

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

Ensemble Auditions — including the Howard University Choir, Chapel Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Choirs and Jazz Ensemble — are underway. Open to all Howard University students! See posted information or contact the ensemble director for more information.

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Event Highlights

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


Fall semeseter performances begin in September. Please join us!



Taylor Young, Jazz Voice – Master of Music Qualifying Recital - Childers Recital Hall, Fri, March 30, 12pm FREE

Howard University Jazz Ensemble - Westminster Presbyterian Church, Fri, Mar 30, 6-9pm $

Logan Johnson – Senior Composition Recital - Childers Recital Hall, Fri, Mar 30, 7pm FREE

HUJE Easter Vigil - Peoples Congregational UCC, Sat, March 31, 4pm FREE

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra - Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 5, 12:40pm FREE

Afro Blue in Concert - Kennedy Center Jazz Club, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Fri, April 6, 7 & 9 pm BOTH SHOWS SOLD OUT!

Panel Discussion: "INDEPENDENT: A Start to Finish Guide for Your Recording Project" - Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 10, 10:10am FREE

Vocal Master Class with Soprano Lisa Gwyn Daltirus - Childers Recital Hall, Wed, April 11, 12pm FREE

NEA 2018 Jazz Masterclass with DIANNE REEVES - Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 17, 12:40pm FREE

HUJE featuring Special Guest Artist GARY BARTZ - Ira Aldridge Theater, Thu, April 19, 12:40pm FREE

String Students in Recital - Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 24, 12:40pm FREE

Jazz Choir Concert featuring AFRO BLUE, SASSY and HU JAZZ SINGERS - Childers Recital Hall, Wed, April 25, 7:30pm FREE

Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert - Ira Aldridge Theater, Sun, April 29, 4pm FREE

AFRO BLUE Mother's Day Concert - Prince George's Publick Playhouse, Sun, May 13, 4pm $

Afro Blue Mother's Day 2018