Archive for February, 2013

Early Music Education May Enhance Life-Long Brain Development

Monday, February 18th, 2013

If you played the recorder in first grade, you should thank your parents and music teacher now. A study conducted by researchers at Concordia University in Canada, the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany and McGill University in Canada found that musical training during early childhood helps create brain changes that can last for a person’s whole life.
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Students Performance Around Town

Monday, February 18th, 2013

The Hunt Acoustic Project. On guitar and vocals is Seve Measter, cello is Tegan Galadriel, violin is Erika Chinander, and Brit Martin on cello. Robert Hunt is the instructor.
Performing at a dinner for the Brandon Chamber of Commerce on 2-1-13. Left to right is Seve Meastes (guitar/vocals), Tegan Galadriel Pennington (cello), Erika Chinander (violin), Brit Martin (cello) and Robert Hunt (teacher at Music Showcase)


Performing at a dinner for the Brandon Chamber of Commerce on 2-1-13


Performing at a dinner for the Brandon Chamber of Commerce on 2-1-13


Performing at New Years Eve Show


Performing at Kids Fair at the State Fairgrounds

Star Student – Music Showcase Student To Sing on Stage Across US and Canada

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Julian SilvaJulian SilvaBravo to Julian Silva! The Music Showcase student is preparing to tour with a musical theatre company that will perform across the country and in Canada. 9-year-old Julian Silva of Plant City will be playing the role of Gavroche in the musical “Les Miserables” with NETworks Presentations. Silva will leave February 9 to rehearse with the group and then will take to the stage for the first time at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota on March 5-10th. The tour will also be performing in Canada in the summer.

Silva stared singing opera at the age of 5 and then started taking singing lessons at Music Showcase in Brandon in 2009. The following year, he played Aladdin in the production of “Aladdin KIDS” with the Florida Academy of the Performing Arts at Music Showcase. He then took on the roles of Mushu in “Mulan,” White rabbit in “Alice In Wonderland,” and sang with the Academy’s GLEE showchoir. Theatre Director Joy Rogers says she knew from the beginning that Silva was talented. “His singing voice was outstanding and he had a fabulous stage presence.” He also represented the Academy several times when singing the National Anthem before sports games at USF. Silva won Novemberfest Idol at Nativity Catholic Church in 2010 and was an acting finalist and overall child singer winner this month at the Actors, Model, and Talent for Christ Sine Winter Contest.

You can check out some of Silva’s performances on Youtube like singing Amazing Grace at the National Day of Prayer at Yankee Stadium in Tampa last May and playing a modern day drummer boy in a Christmas production at the Crossing Church in Tampa.

Star Student

Showcase Players, Director Remember Zachary Douglas McCarthy

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Showcase Players, Director Remember Zachary Douglas McCarthy
Wristbands and a program tribute are ways the Showcase Players from Music Showcase in Brandon are remembering Zachary Douglas McCarthy, the 16-year-old voice student from Bloomingdale who died in a car accident Jan. 2.

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Showcase Players Director Helps Students Shine On Stage and Off

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Showcase Players Director Helps Students Shine On Stage and Off
Miguel Oquendo talked about his role as a music educator and musical theater director after the Jan. 26 performance of “Parade,” staged by the Showcase Players from the Florida Academy of Performing Arts, in residence at Music Showcase in Brandon.

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Showcase Players On Stage With ‘Parade’ at the James McCabe Theater

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Showcase Players On Stage With ‘Parade’ at the James McCabe Theater
In residence at Music Showcase in Brandon, the Showcase Players, through the Florida Academy of Performing Arts, is on stage this month and next with “Parade” at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico.

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