Published on October 10th, 2020 | by University Communications


Fall Faculty Recital now available for viewing on YouTube

Saint Leo University is using technology this semester to share its annual Fall Faculty Music Recital with the public. The recital was professionally recorded, with social distancing maintained, and uploaded to the Saint Leo University Music YouTube Channel.

The usual tradition is for the music faculty to present a live, free concert at University Campus on a September evening, explained Dr. Chantelle MacPhee, chair of the Department of Language Studies and the Arts.

The event allows residents of neighboring communities to enjoy the talents of the many professional musicians who teach at the university. It also provides students, with a potential interest in enrolling in music courses, the opportunity to hear the work of faculty members, and allows other faculty and staff members to hear their colleagues perform.   

By creating a taped recital, Saint Leo is able to achieve those purposes. People can take in the entire recital—roughly an hour in duration—all at once, view it repeated times, or decide they want to see individual selections.

Performers include: Dr. Cynthia Selph, assistant professor of music, who is a soprano vocalist; Tampa musician and Saint Leo jazz ensemble instructor Mauricio J. Rodriguez, on double bass; Jonathan Godfrey on acoustic guitar; vocalist and instructor Helen Tintes-Schuermann; violinist Kasia Dolinska; pianist Inna Korotkevich; and cellist Abigail Collins.

The 12 featured pieces are selected from a wide range of styles, including Western classical selections, and others. Rodriguez contributed an original new work, “I Can’t Breathe,” that  incorporates credited video clips from recent protests for racial justice. Tintes-Schuermann featured Spanish culture and music, and her three selections are interesting for students studying Spanish.

The final work, “Undivided,” closes with a message that resonates in both the lyrics and music.

For more information, contact MacPhee at

The views expressed during this event are those of the speakers/performers and do not necessarily represent the views of the university.

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