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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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Harold F. Summey, Jr.

Drum Set

Childers Hall, Room 3004
(202) 806-7082


Harold F. Summey, Jr., a Newport News, Virginia native, has performed with many great artists and ensembles since completing academic studies at Hampton University, Eastman School of Music, and Howard University. The list includes James Ingram, Patti Austin, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Aaron Neville, Ray Charles, Arlo Guthrie, Whitney Houston, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, Gary Bartz, Geri Allen, David "Fathead" Newman, Bobby Watson, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, The Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, and the Richmond Symphony. He is presently a member of The United States Army Band ("Pershing's Own") in Washington, D.C., where he performs with the concert band primarily but also performs with the Army Blues jazz ensemble, the Army Ceremonial Band, the Army Orchestra, and various small groups. In 1992 he won first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

Mr. Summey was also a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. where he was a percussionist in the Concert Band from 1989 to 1993. He has also been timpanist and percussionist with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra and been involved as percussionist on other premiers and performances of works in the Washington metropolitan area. These include the premier performance of Arnold Saltzman's Israel Symphony and two performances of David Fanshawe's work African Sanctus. African Sanctus combines elements of European sacred music and indigenous African musical traditions with a cross mixture of voices and western European style percussion.

Beyond performing, Mr. Summey is also an educator. He is presently on the jazz faculty of George Mason University and Howard University as adjunct drum set instructor. He was on the faculty of the Mile High Jazz Camp at the University of Colorado in Boulder from 1999 to 2003 and was the percussion instructor at Howard University from 1997 to 2000. Additionally, he has done clinics and master classes on jazz and percussion at Howard University, Suitland High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Suitland, Md., McDonogh School, and various other schools in and around Washington, D.C.











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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