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Virtual Exhibitions

2021- 2022

Davis and Skees Exhibition



MFA: In The Works Online

The Dark and The Light Exhibition - Taylor Robenalt

Senior Spotlight 2020 Exhibition

School of Art & Design Faculty Biennial Exhibition

Annual Student Juried Exhibition

Leslie Robison & Jason Schwab Exhibition

The Kinne Legacy Exhibition

The Legacy Student Exhibition

Events Schedule

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Davis and Skees Exhibition

Bill Davis: No Dark in Sight 

No Dark in Sight conveys how artificial light manages culture as a dystopian condition rewriting our relationship to darkness. Focused on foresight intelligence and the biosphere, Davis asks viewers to consider their relationship to manufactured light. Bright nights are unsustainable. Davis shows us how and why.


Kristin Skees: Close Knit 

Close Knit combines traditional portraiture photography, conceptual knitting, and a love of the unexpected and absurd. Like an ill-fitting handmade sweater, the cozies explore the construction of identity, and represent the ways in which our closest relationships can often walk the fine line between loving and smothering. 


September 2 through October 11

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 2 at 5:00 PM

Faculty Showcase

Join us for the annual Faculty Music Showcase featuring the talents of our distinguished faculty of artist-teachers.


Friday, September 10 at 7:30 PM

Lunch Music: Scott Watkins, piano

Join us for our annual Lunch Music series presented by the Department of Music. Bring your lunch and stay for the music!


Tuesday, September 14 at 12:30 PM

Constitution Day

Jacksonville University Philosophy Slam

Regardless of political affiliation, all Americans believe that our country can be better than it is. Unfortunately, in some instances the Constitution limits our ability to make improvements and address problems fundamentally. In other instances, the Constitution itself is the problem. Is it time for the US to consider a new Constitution? 


Thursday, September 16 at 7:30 PM

Orchestra Fanfare Concert

The Jacksonville University Orchestra opens the season with a stirring performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major with Dr. Scott Watkins as soloist. The concert will also feature Emilie Mayer’s dramatic Faust Overture and Maurice Ravel’s delightful Mother Goose Suite.


Tuesday, September 21 at 7:30 PM

Aquarian Release Party

Join us for a release party celebrating the newest edition of The Aquarian, Jacksonville University’s award-winning literature and arts magazine. For more than five decades, The Aquarian has supported JU’s artists and authors by giving them a platform to express themselves and share their creativity in a high-quality publication. This party will celebrate the release of the 51st edition of 2021 as well as the magazine’s landmark 50th edition, which was delayed due to COVID-19.


Thursday, September 23 at 7:30 PM


Written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman, and originally staged on Broadway in the early 2000s, this Tony-award-winning play invites the audience to take a voyage through Ovid’s mystical world. Audiences will reimagine familiar characters like Midas, Zeus and Orpheus and will experience new characters and stories that are soaked in the concept of change and that center on mental, emotional, and physical transformation. The action of the play occurs around a pool filled with water – the basis of life. This play is considered one of the most important works of modern drama. Its production is driven by the Senior Bachelor of Fine Arts Class and will be directed by Erik DeCicco. 


Friday, September 24 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, September 25 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, September 26 at 2:00 PM

Guitar Retreat

Free and open to students and enthusiasts of all ages, levels and styles, the Jacksonville University Guitar Retreat features masterclasses, presentations, demonstrations and concerts for jazz, classical and Flamenco guitar. 


Saturday, September 25 All Day

Contralto Classics: Dina Barone

Join Professor Dina Barone and collaborative pianist Sachiko Frampton for an evening of songs and arias written specifically for the rare contralto voice.


Sunday, September 26 at 7:30 PM - Cancelled

Jacksonville University Choirs: Q&A

So many answers to so many questions, and yet how few truly satisfy our curiosity. In this concert, we turn to composers and poets from Stevie Wonder to Johannes Brahms as we leave no stone unsung in our quest for understanding.


Thursday, September 30 at 7:30 PM



Over the Top: Exploring the Dark Regions of Method Acting

Jacksonville University Philosophy Slam

In this slam, Assistant Professor of Theater Erik DeCicco (member, Actors Equity Association) explores Method Acting, asking 'How far is too far?' Famous practitioners of The Method include Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and modern actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, and Heath Ledger. What is the method? When and how do actors take it too far? Are directors known for pushing the boundaries of this technical approach to the art and craft of acting?


Tuesday, October 5 at 7:30 PM

Voice Faculty Showcase

The School of Performing Arts voice faculty present an evening of classics and favorites to kick off Jacksonville University Homecoming and Family Weekend.


Thursday, October 7 at 7:30 PM

Lunch Music: Jazz Combos

Join us for our annual Lunch Music series presented by the Department of Music. Bring your lunch and stay for the music!


Friday, October 8 at 12:00 PM

Jacksonville University Percussion Ensemble

The Jacksonville University Percussion Ensemble presents a concert that explores Groove—what groove is and where groove can be found in music of the concert hall and the world. Music of Africa, Brazil and North America will be presented for an enjoyable hour of percussion music.


Sunday, October 10 at 3:00 PM


Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts & Humanities, this collaborative presentation brings together talents from the Departments of Theatre and Music, and alumni, in a masterful recreation of vintage radio! Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre comes to life on the Terry Concert Hall stage, featuring actors, an orchestra, and live sound effects. Enjoy this unique program when we travel back to CBS radio of 1938. Directed by Deborah Jordan. Music composed and conducted by Scott Watkins.


Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16 at 7:30 PM

Jacksonville University Jazz Faculty in Concert

The Jacksonville University Jazz Faculty come together to perform their annual concert in Terry Concert Hall, highlighting compositions and arrangements by each of the faculty members. This will be an opportunity to witness these world-class performers come together and share their talents!


Tuesday, October 19 at 7:30 PM

Juried Student Exhibition

Always a favorite, this juried showcase features undergraduate student work that reflects the contemporary pulse in art making of northeast Florida. The eclectic exhibition consists of a variety of media, including animation, ceramics, computer-generated images, drawings, film, glass art, graphic design, paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptural objects. Awards are given for outstanding work.


October 21 through November 17

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 21 at 5:00 PM

Masterwork Series Concert

Jacksonville University Wind Ensemble and First Coast Wind Symphony Joint Concert

The Jacksonville University Wind Ensemble and the First Coast Wind Symphony combine forces to feature the Symphonic Dances of Japanese composer Yosuke Fukuda. Guest composer Robert Sheldon will conduct the premiere of his new work Incandescent Sky.


Thursday, October 21 at 7:30 PM

JCC Honor Choir Festival

Jacksonville University’s choral ensembles partner with the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus to honor local students who have been recognized by their music educators for their singing ability, musical aptitude and strong work ethic. Led by guest clinicians Lynnel Joy Jenkins and Robyn Reeves Lana, the day will culminate in a collaborative performance open to the public.


Saturday, October 23 at 4:00 PM

A Musical Journey

Jacksonville University Camerata

Come and enjoy an evening of music for chamber orchestra from Germany to France to England! Featured will be Impressionist composer Claude Debussy’s Danses Sacrée et Profane and British composer Frank Bridge’s Suite for Strings


Tuesday, October 26 at 7:30 PM

Ghost of Jacksonville University


At the Literature, Language, and Culture Department’s 5th Annual Ghost of JU Write-a-thon, three students will be writing for fifteen minutes at a time about the Ghost of JU. Students build on each other’s stories, sending the Ghost of JU to the playing field, the performing stage, or the cafeteria. There will also be food and games. Students procure sponsors for this event to support local and international charities. Last year’s proceeds were raised to benefit the Literacy Foundation of Northeast Florida and Art Creation Foundation for Children. Scores of students from across campus participate in this festive event.


Wednesday, October 27 All Day

Honors Recital

Outstanding student performances in music are featured on this once-a-semester concert.


Thursday, October 28 at 7:30 PM


Accompanied this year by solo percussion and electronic soundscape, the annual Halloween screening of Nosferatu is a Stein College tradition. This F. W. Murnau 1922 psychological horror/thriller will send shivers down your spine as the inimical machinations of Nosferatu cause havoc to a community and a marriage. Those attending in person are encouraged to come in costume.


Sunday, October 31 at 7:30 PM



National French Week

Jacksonville University will celebrate its fifth annual National French Week November 1-5 with a variety of activities sponsored by our French students and student organizations. From cheese tastings to film viewings to coffee and conversation, join us to celebrate all things French. New for 2021 will be an exclusive soirée meurtre et mystère. During this interactive murder mystery party en français, put on your detective cap and brush off those French conversational skills to uncover the killer from among our shady suspects. Prizes and fun to be had!

Monday, November 1 through Friday, November 5

Rewriting History: The Politics of Telling America’s Past

School of Humanities Guest Lecture

When the Florida state Board of Education banned “Critical Race Theory” in the public schools, Gov. Ron DeSantis claimed the move meant that students would be taught “facts” and not be “indoctrinated with ideology.”  In fact, what is taught and what is left out in American history classrooms has always been warped by the prevailing politics of the times.  From the early 1900s when the American Legion pushed history education as a means of turning immigrants into “real Americans,” to the campaigns of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to rewrite the history of the Civil War and Reconstruction, to the efforts by Black and Brown activists to have the stories of their communities included in the history curriculum, teaching history has always been a highly political act.  This talk will tell that story.


Tuesday, November 2 at 12:30 PM - Cancelled

Chamber Concert

Music students perform a concert of chamber music featuring the Honors String Quartet, Brass Quintet, Woodwind Quintet, and other chamber groups. 


Tuesday, November 2 at 7:30 PM

UNF Professor of Political Science David Schwam-Baird

Jacksonville University Philosophy Slam 

“So you just HAD to come tonight, eh? Why you don’t have free will.”

Defenders of the idea of free will generally assume that our conscious minds make decisions, and our decisions cause our actions. However, scientific evidence seems to show that conscious decisions occur after the brain has already initiated action. Some neuroscientists, such as Paul Haggard, conclude that conscious “decisions” do not initiate our actions at all, but are instead just experiences of prior stimulation. Is free will just an illusion?


Tuesday, November 2 at 7:30 PM


Conceived by Joan Micklin Silver and Julianne Boyd. A...My Name Will Always Be Alice is a combination of the 1984 award-winning Off-Broadway musical revue A...My Name Is Alice and its 1992 sequel A... My Name is Still Alice. The songs and sketches are among the most beloved from each revue and are designed to be performed on a bare stage with set pieces. The music ranges from gospel to country western to rock to some glorious pop ballads.


Thursday, November 4 and Friday, November 5 at 7:30 PM

Sunday, November 7 at 3:00 PM

Nick Photinos in Concert

Nick Photinos Bio

Join four-time Grammy-winning cellist Nick Photinos in recital as he presents Petits Artéfacts, a collection of recent short works for cello and electronics and cello ensemble, featuring Jacksonville University faculty cellist Dr. Shannon Lockwood and her students. Works for ensemble include those by Pärt, Frey, and Photinos, and Nick includes solo works by composers Mark Snyder, Gordon, Joachim, Shemesh, Jacob TV, and Ghys.


Thursday, November 4 at 7:30 PM

Scott Watkins Recital

Pianist Scott Watkins presents a solo recital of works by Mozart, Howard Hanson, and Tchaikovsky. The program features Tchaikovsky's Grand Sonata in G major and Mozart's tragic Sonata in C minor. Watkins reintroduces Hanson's Ballet from his California Forest Play of 1920, a work still in manuscript and which hasn't been heard in public in a century.


Friday, November 5 at 7:30 PM

Us & Them: A Choral Re-Union

We celebrate a return to ensemble singing with a festival featuring alumni, friends, and Choral Union. The day begins with a series of rehearsals and culminates in a concert featuring as many singers as possible. Make plans to join us for the morning sessions and sing in the concert that afternoon. Contact Dr. Bryson at for details and to reserve your spot.


Saturday, November 6 All Day

Student Fall Jazz Concert: Jacksonville University Jazz Combos and the JUJO

Featuring the Jacksonville University chamber jazz ensembles and Jazz Orchestra (JUJO), this annual event returns to the Terry Concert Hall stage, featuring a wide range of ensemble styles in dedication to the jazz heritage of the American standard song and twists on familiar fare. Support the jazz ensembles and swing out with us! 


Tuesday, November 9 at 7:30 PM

2021 Empty Bowls

Proceeds to benefit Feeding Northeast Florida and serving local families in need this holiday season. Bowl Tickets $25: Ticket holders receive a unique bowl made by Jacksonville University students & cup of gourmet chili. In tandem with Jacksonville University Object Design Exhibition featuring faculty & select student works. Guest talks include Susan King, President & CEO of Feeding Northeast Florida Tiffany Leach, Jacksonville University Fine Arts. 

Saturday, November 13 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Fall Dance Concert*

In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts & Humanities, the annual electic Dance Concert will explore faculty and internationally recognized guest artist choreography from the past and present. Join us as we connect faculty favorites to exciting new works that challenge and invigorate both performers and audiences alike.


Thursday, November 11 through Saturday, November 13 at 7:30 PM


Infinitus presents an evening of new and innovative choral music. In this one-of-a-kind ensemble, student conductors, composers, and singers work collaboratively to perform the music of our time. 


Sunday, November 14 at 3:00 PM

Sacred Spaces: Jacksonville University Wind Ensemble

The Jacksonville University Wind Ensemble will perform selections inspired by sacred hymns and occasions. Highlights will include Philip Sparke’s “Suite from Hymn of the Highlands” and Frank Ticheli’s “Angels in the Architecture”.


Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30 PM

A Season of Holidays

Jacksonville University Orchestra

Get an early start on the holidays with this concert of seasonal favorites. From Thanksgiving to Hannukah to Christmas to New Year’s, this program is sure to raise your spirits for the entire Holiday Season. Come early for a good seat as this concert is a crowd favorite!


Wednesday, November 17 at 7:30 PM

Holiday Prism Concert

Join us for the 2nd Annual Holiday Prism Concert featuring the JU music ensembles in an evening of favorites old and new.  December 17th and 18th at 7:30pm on the LBSCFA YouTube Channel.


Friday, December 17 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 18 at 7:30 PM


Edelen and Schulz Exhibition

Ron Edelen: Visual Design 

Visual Design explores the relationships between graphic form, communication, and technology. The very nature of the title speaks to Edelen’s challenge to further define a contemporary viewpoint for today’s diluted, interpretive discipline of visual design—not through words but through a vast mix of stylistic representation that pulls references from all other disciplines of visual art. The exhibition features a series of micro experiments, comprised of several static 2D and time-based graphic illustrations, all at variable scales and media.


Ryan Schulz: The Final Frontier 

The Final Frontier frames escapist consumption as a contemporary tool to temper the toils and tribulations of late-stage capitalist American life. Ceramic vessels are used to reflect the fast food, slow food, and substances employed to cope through increasingly turbulent and unpredictable times. While traditional handmade ceramic pottery invites the user to partake in something special and qualitative, this series investigates the altered expectations that arise when the vessels bloat and contort into something phantasmal. 


January 13 through March 7

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 13 at 5:00 PM

Launch Party: 400 Years of Molière (1622 - 2022)

Join us to kick off a semester-long celebration of all-things Molière! One of the world’s greatest comedic minds, Molière is to French theatre what Shakespeare is to English. His satiric and biting plays still resonate with publics today, criticizing social vices from avarice to religious zeal and everything in between. In honor of the quadricentennial of his birth, the spring term will feature special course offerings, film screenings, live theatre, guest speakers, period music, and other themed events. Best of all, the festivities will culminate in a production of Molière’s masterpiece Tartuffe. As the French say, venez nombreux! (Come one, come all!)


Friday, January 14 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Kinne Trio

The Kinne Trio (Marguerite Richardson, violin, Shannon Lockwood, 'cello, Scott Watkins, piano) presents a delightful program of Scottish composer John Lunn's music from the Masterpiece/ITV hit television series and film, "Downton Abbey." Also featured is music by Giacomo Puccini, Nat Ayers, Leo Friedman, and Johann Strauss, Jr.


Tuesday, January 25 at 7:30 PM

Silent Film: A Catalyst for Change Series Opener

This six-film series takes on the topics of transgenderism, America’s indigenous people, education in the African- American community, avarice and lust in the church, the exploitation and sexual objectification of Asian–American females, and the assimilation of immigrants in Jewish communities at the turn of the century. More than a century later, these films explore issues without complete solutions that matter today. Guest composers will pen the films’ musical scores: A Florida Enchantment, The Vanishing American, Within Our Gates, Hypocrites, His People, The Goddess.


Sunday, January 30 at 3:00 PM



Mandates and Moratoriums: Culture Versus Law When Doing What You're Told

Jacksonville University Philosophy Slam

Join us for this discussion led by Dr. Aaron Creller of the University of North Florida.  Should masking being based on a legal requirement (mask mandates) or should we rely on a culture of courtesy and care to motivate people to wear them? What role do professional standards play in industry or disciplinary moratoriums on research, such as cloning? This slam is an inquiry into whether (and when) we should leverage culture or law when we motivate the population.


Tuesday, February 8 at 7:30 PM

Hot Off the Press!

Jacksonville University Orchestra Concert

Join the Jacksonville University Orchestra for its biennial celebration of new music composed by our student winners of the Delius Composition Award, students Michael Stabile (2020) and Nicholas Moseley (2021). Also featured will be Francisco de Galvez’s thrilling Checkmate.


Tuesday, February 8 at 7:30 PM

Alexia Bomtempo and Guests - Jazz Residency

A featured 60th Anniversary guest artist in residence, Alexia Bomtempo and her band will spend the week coaching and teaching music students. A performance on Friday evening will feature the ensemble and Alexia’s vocals. Since relocating back to New York City nearly seven years ago, the Brazilian-American singer-songwriter has fully embraced, challenged, and redefined the Northern half of her American artistic roots. Equally comfortable wandering amidst hazy memory-inducing soundscapes as she is in delivering flowing melodies influenced by her beachside upbringing in Rio de Janeiro, Alexia is an artist of multiple worlds.


Postponed - New date to be announced

Music of Lewis Buckley

Hear the music of former US Coast Guard Band Director Lewis Buckley conducted by the composer!


Saturday, February 26 at 7:30 PM - Canceled 



When Is Forgiveness Difficult But Necessary?

Jacksonville University Philosophy Slam

A discussion led by Christopher Phillips, originator of the burgeoning global Socrates Café movement and author of the new book Soul of Goodness. In the book, inspired by his reckoning with his father’s death, Phillips cultivates a ‘Socratic spirit’ that makes it possible to emerge on the other side of despair with renewed (and new forms of) hope, love, joy, understanding and a deep capacity for forgiveness.


Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30 PM

Cello Alone

Jacksonville University faculty, Dr. Shannon Lockwood performs music for unaccompanied cello, including works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Paul Hindemith, and Michael Daugherty.


Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30 PM

From Spain

Guitar Faculty Recital

The Jacksonville University guitar faculty present a recital of 19th and 20th century Spanish composers including works by Francisco Tarrega, Federico Moreno Torroba, Joaquin Rodrigo and Isaac Albeniz. 


Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 PM

The Mystery of Edwin Drood*

Hop back in time with us to the small town of Cloisterham, England, where the lad Edwin Drood has been mysteriously murdered. Based on the unfinished work by Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a unique, whodunit, intrigue of a musical where the audience gets to choose the ending each night. Featuring a cadre of colorful characters, this Tony award-winning musical is sure to entertain!


Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 5 at 2:00 PM

Kirby Shaw & The RiverTones*

In celebration of its 60th Anniversary, the Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts & Humanities presents the inaugural Vocal Jazz Choral Festival with world-renowned guest conductor Dr. Kirby Shaw. The RiverTones and choirs from across Florida close the festival with performances of vocal jazz, contemporary a cappella and popular song. Interested in having your choir participate? Contact Dina Barone at


Postponed - New date to be announced

Church & State 

Jacksonville University Camerata | Jacksonville University Choral Union and University Singers 

The Jacksonville University Camerata presents American composer Adolphus Hailstork’s Sonata da Chiesa, a contrapuntal and meditative work for string orchestra. The Jacksonville University choirs join the Camerata for Purcell’s beautiful and joyful birthday ode to England’s Queen Mary II, Come, Ye Sons of Art.


Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30 PM

Lunch Music: Vocal Literature Class

Join us for our annual Lunch Music series presented by the Department of Music. Bring your lunch and stay for the music!

Wednesday, March 9 at 12:00 PM

Honors Recital

Outstanding student performances in music are featured on this once-a-semester concert.


Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 PM

Jacksonville University Percussion Ensemble

Join the Jacksonville University Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Professor Tony Steve for a concert featuring works by John Cage, Carlos Chavez, and some fun works that will take the listener back to a gentler, tranquil time. 


Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 PM

Walter Visiting Writer Series, Erin Belieu 

Each year the Department of Literature, Language and Culture invites a internationally-renowned author to visit our campus. The 2021 Walter Visiting Writer will be poet Erin Belieu. The poetry addresses issues relevant to gender​, love​, ​and history, and she is the author of ​five books of poetry​, most recently Come-Hither Honeycomb (2020), and co-founder of Vida: Women in the Literary Arts. This event will correspond with Women’s History Month events on JU’s campus.   


Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 PM

Women’s History Month Celebration Concert and Awards Ceremony

This concert and awards ceremony culminates Women’s History Month celebrations at Jacksonville University. Join us as students from Music, Dance, and Theater offer work to accompany the awards for Student of the Year, Graduate Student of the Year, and Faculty Woman of the Year.


Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 PM

School of Art & Design, Annual Senior Thesis Exhibition

The graduating seniors in the School of Art & Design will exhibit their Senior Thesis projects in this annual exhibition. A variety of media will be represented, including 2-dimensional artworks, design displays with commercial applications, 3-dimensional sculptural representations and installations, ceramics, animated shorts, and film productions. The seniors will present their research and talk about the resulting artworks on April 4 and 5 in the Gooding Auditorium from 5-8pm.


March 24 through April 20

Thursday, March 24 at 5:00 PM

The Jacksonville University Student Works Festival

Come celebrate a month of student-created artwork. The festival launches with the Annual Senior Thesis Exhibition from the School of Art & Design. It also includes performances from theatre and music and concludes with the annual Senior Choreography Concert from the Department of Dance. 


Friday, March 25 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Broadway Bound

The Broadway Bound Cabaret is inspired by Jacksonville University Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre alumnus, Chris Mandel ’19, and features cast members in performance of music, choreography and dialogue to an original script created by the Broadway Bound production team.

Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 27 at 3:00 PM

New Music Concert

Join us for the New Music at Jacksonville University Concert featuring works recently composed by JU faculty and students. 


Tuesday, March 29 at 7:30 PM

Musings of Miles: The JUJO in Concert

As part of JU Jazz Week, the Jacksonville University Jazz Orchestra (JUJO) presents an evening dedicated to the music of Miles Davis with guest artist trumpeter Bijon Watson. Join us for an exciting evening in homage to the great big band recordings of Miles Davis.


Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 PM

The Student Rep: A Festival of Student Works

The 2nd Annual Student Works Festival will be held this weekend, March 31-April 2, 2022. The annual festival showcases a series of student works from the School of Performing Arts Department of Theatre. First up on Thursday, March 31st is the Senior Showcase of BFA Theatre Major Jeilymar Morales. As our April Fool’s Day gift Friday, April 1 will bring ‘A Night of Comedy’ featuring our very own Department of Theatre’s Improv Troupe, FinProv, and six 5-minute Standup Comedy sets. Saturday, April 2nd will feature two Student-Directed One Acts, and The Spoken Word, a collection of monologues, poems, and short stories. All shows are at 7:30PM in the Black Box Theatre, Phillips P-19 on the JU campus. The performances are free and open to the public. Seating is limited so arrive early. For more information email Deborah Jordan at

Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 PM




Lunch Music: Choral Ensembles

Join us for our annual Lunch Music series presented by the Department of Music. Bring your lunch and stay for the music!


Friday, April 1 at 11:30 AM

Miles Style... The Jacksonville University Combos and Jazz Faculty in Concert

As part of JU Jazz Week, the Jacksonville University Jazz Combos perform original arrangements and projects for an intimate evening fashioned on the best listening rooms of the New York scene. The concert explores the iconic sound of the various scene-changing groups of the Miles Davis quintets and sextets of the 50s – 60s. 


Friday, April 1 at 7:30 PM

Jacksonville University Jazz Festival

The third annual middle and high school jazz festival has grown to become a highlight of the Jacksonville University Jazz Week. A great opportunity for area and regional jazz bands to perform and spend quality time with clinicians, the festival will also feature JU Jazz Combo I, The JU Jazz Orchestra and special guest artist trumpeter Bijon Watson and members of the JU Jazz Faculty. Join us for the day and enjoy food trucks with local fare on our beautiful riverfront campus.


Saturday, April 2 All Day

Spring Chamber Concert

Music students perform a concert of chamber music featuring the Honors String Quartet, Brass Quintet, Woodwind Quintet, and other chamber groups.


Sunday, April 3 at 3:00 PM

McClure Performance Award

JU Music Majors compete annually for the McClure Performance Award. This year's winner is flutist Annabelle Gunn from the studio of Prof. Les Roettges. This program recognizes and honors the winner of the McClure Performance Award, a competitive award, cooperatively developed by Riverside Park United Methodist Church, Jacksonville University, and the Paul and Linda Kahn Foundation. It is open to Junior and Senior music majors at Jacksonville University who meet certain standards. Qualified candidates must apply and pass an objective screening process to determine who is invited to audition. Auditions will be scheduled at Jacksonville University with independent judges. Scores will be ranked to determine the winner for a given year. Such an award was first established in 1974 by Louise McClure, the Kahn Foundation’s Arts Director and a member of the church, to recognize an outstanding music major at Florida State University selected by faculty. Such an award was made each year thereafter. Administration of the award was transferred to the Paul and Linda Kahn Foundation in the early 2000’s after Director McClure became terminally ill and was renamed for Louise and her mother Myrtice Louise Boggs McClure who were both very active in the music community in Jacksonville, FL. Subsequent independent evaluation of the award program led to its being restructured as a competitive award at a Jacksonville institution of higher learning. After collaboration with the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and the Chair, Division of music, the competitive process was refined and the program was adopted. Jacksonville University was chosen to partner in the competitive program as an additional incentive for Music Majors.

Monday, April 4 at 5:30 PM



Lunch Music: String Studies

Join us for our annual Lunch Music series presented by the Department of Music. Bring your lunch and stay for the music!

Tuesday, April 5 at 12:30 PM


Spring Sing: Old, New, Borrowed, & Blues

Swing into Spring with JU's Vocal Jazz Ensemble, The RiverTones as they serenade you with Old Classics, New Hits, Borrowed Tunes and the Blues.


Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 PM

Prologue and Present Time “Revisited”

Jacksonville University Wind Ensemble

The Jacksonville University Wind Ensemble will present a program juxtaposing early and contemporary works for band. The first half will include some of the earliest compositions for “military band” including the work of John Phillip Sousa and Gustav Holst’s 1st suite in Eb. The second half will include Vince Oliver’s Press Play for band and electronics and will be highlighted by the premier of Neravian Suite by JU student composer Michael Stabile.


Saturday, April 9 at 3:00 PM

Stein College 60th Anniversary Celebration with Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano and Jake Heggie, piano*

Join us as we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts & Humanities with classical music superstars Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano and composer/pianist Jake Heggie. 

Praised by Gramophone as having “the sort of instrument you could listen to all day, in any sort of repertoire,” Ms. Barton also uses her powerful voice offstage to lift up women, LGBTQ+ people, marginalized communities and, in turn, illuminates the path to a more equitable future in the arts. 

Ms. Barton’s operatic engagements have included appearances with many of the world’s great opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and San Francisco Opera.

Jamie Barton is accompanied by a longtime friend and collaborator, Jake Heggie (Dead Man Walking, Moby-Dick), featuring selections from their recent recording, which explores the perspectives of the powerful women represented in Heggie’s songs and operas, and with works by Florence Price, Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert among others. 

“Barton and Heggie…transport you to a land of contemplation, tears, and side-splitting hilarity. This recital is a knockout” (Stereophile).


Sunday, April 10 at 4:00 PM

Infinitus Presents

Infinitus presents an evening of new and innovative choral music. In this one-of-a-kind ensemble, student conductors, composers, and singers work collaboratively to perform the music of our time.


Friday, April 12 at 7:30 PM

Fifth Annual Little Prince Read-A-Thon

In conjunction with FREN-202, the entire JU community is invited to a public reading (in English!) of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic novella, The Little Prince. A sweeping allegorical tale of life, love, and loss, the entire book will be read aloud in a little less than two hours. Feel free to come and go, read and/or listen.


Thursday, April 14 from Noon - 2:30 PM

REIGNITE: The Art Fair

REIGNITE is a student-led showcase of performing, visual, and media arts to celebrate the Stein College’s 60th Anniversary. In an experimental style of presentation, spectators will be led throughout the art-filled college in guided tours. REIGNITE’s goal is to inspire, give hope to, and unify JU students through the power of art. Contact Kim Beasley at for details.


Thursday, April 14 from 1:00 PM - 5:00PM

Violin and Viola Studio Recital

Come and enjoy the talent and musicianship of the violin and viola students of Dr. Marguerite Richardson as they perform in their annual showcase concert.


Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 PM

Dead or Alive? The Fourteenth Amendment and Constitutional Change

Jacksonville University Philosophy Slam

We are pleased to welcome Ernest A. Young, Alston & Bird Professor, Duke Law School to Jacksonville University to lead the final philosophy slam of the season. Some constitutional scholars have argued in favor of a “living” Constitution that evolves with the values of the day. The history of the Fourteenth Amendment in the late 19th and early 20th centuries shows that this interpretive approach does not always lead to progress. Should the Constitution be considered “dead” or “alive?”


Monday, April 18 at 7:30 PM

Spring Dance Concert*

For this series of performances Jacksonville University Dance will push the boundaries of contemporary choreography with original works produced by our senior class. You don’t want to miss the cutting-edge choreography and exciting, electrifying dance. Join us as we celebrate the JU Dance graduating class of 2022!


Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 23 at 1:30 PM

Jacksonville University Choirs: Nature & Nurture

Scientists and philosophers have long debated whether we are the product of our genetics or our environment, but what if they are both right and both wrong? We close our season with music that reflects the many influences that shape an individual's character, both natural and human.


Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 PM

Fiat Lux Film Festival

Fiat Lux is an annual film festival that showcases imaginative and compelling work of cinematic storytelling. This year’s festival spotlights student projects in Media Art created within the most recent academic year. Each year a jury of international industry professionals selects the most successful works in every category for special recognition through the Fiat Lux Awards. 


Saturday, April 23 at 6:00 PM

Jacksonville University Orchestra: A Thousand and One Nights

Come and experience the tales of A Thousand and One Nights as they wind their way through the symphony orchestra in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. The winners of the 2022 Concerto Competition will also be featured.


Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 PM


Sunday, April 24 at 7:00 PM

First Coast Wind Symphony (FCWS) Family Concerto

This concert of music for all ages will feature the winner of the 2022 FCWS Concerto Competition. The competition is open to high school students throughout the State of Florida.


Sunday, April 24 at 3:00 PM

Tony Steve Faculty Concert

An Evening of Marimba

Professor Steve will present an evening of works for solo marimba including two world premiers: Two Avian Dances by Gordon Stout and Sahaja (spontaneous, natural) by Bob Moore. Also performed will be Time for Marimba by Minoru Miki and Two Mexican Dances by Gordon Stout.


Monday, April 25 at 7:30 PM


Cathedral Arts Project (CAP) Visual Arts Showcase

The vision of Jacksonville’s Cathedral Arts Project is to provide essential and accessible arts education that recognizes, grows and amplifies every child’s unique skills and strengths. Jacksonville University is proud to partner with CAP to host the annual Visual Arts Showcase at Alexander Brest Gallery, an extraordinary display of artwork by CAP students. The opportunity to exhibit serves as a reward for students’ hard work and reinforces the self-confidence and maturity fostered in CAP classes. The young artists are proud to share their work which spans a variety of artistic media.


May 7 through June 1

Jesse Wright: A Retrospective/New Work

As an art museum director Wright used his artistic talents in the display of art in a series of acclaimed exhibitions. After coming to Jacksonville University in 1996 as Dean of Fine Arts and later as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Wright gradually resumed his career as an artist. When former Fine Arts Dean Terry Netter and Wright shared a studio in Springfield, his career as an artist began anew. Join us for this special 60th Anniversary exhibition which honors the past and inspires the future.


June 9 through July 20

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 PM


*Please visit for ticketing information