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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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Gerard F. Kunkel


Childers Hall, Room SB-2
(202) 806-4022

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Gerry Kunkel is an educator, composer, clinician, record producer, and studio and free-lance guitarist who has played with Aretha Franklin, Grover Washington Jr., Ron Carter, Dianne Reeves, Audra MacDonald, Joshua Bell, Jessye Norman, Bernadette Peters, Bebe Neuwirth, Chita Rivera, Chris Vadala, Jim Snidero and Terrell Stafford, Patrice Rushen, The Drifters, the Marvellettes, the Coasters, The Diamonds and many others.

He performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony as well as the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra; The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the pit orchestras of the Broadway revival of West Side Story and Chicago at the National Theatre, the acclaimed productions of Showtime and Ragtime at The Kennedy Center and the Gala Grand-Reopening of Ford’s Theatre attended by President and Mrs. Obama.

He has played in numerous theatre productions including Mama Mia, Spamalot, Chess, Sunset Boulevard, 42nd Street and The Full Monty. He has been selected to play numerous world premiers, most recently “Beaches, A Musical” by Nina Rainer Dart and Thom Thomas at the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre in Shirlington, Virginia and the world premier of a piece for string quartet and electric/acoustic guitar by Czech composer Milos Orson Stedron at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. with the Sunrise Quartet entitled Rock for 22 Strings.

He has appeared at venues including Blues Alley, The Corcoran Gallery, Carter Barron, The National Mall, The Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, Ravinia in Chicago, Wolf Trap, the Lyric Theatre in Baltimore and the Meyerhoff Center for the Arts. He has played on numerous recordings, national television and radio jingles, short and full-length feature films. Known for his versatility as a guitarist, Gerry has performed extensively in the jazz, contemporary and classical music fields as a soloist, sideman, ensemble member and leader.

With over thirty years of teaching experience in classical, jazz, rock and blues guitar styles, Gerry is on the faculty of Howard University where he teaches jazz and classical guitar, mandolin and banjo as well as contemporary styles for stage and studio.



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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