Raven Rep Music & Dance



An Evening of Song

“An Evening of Song” taking place June 15 in the Recital Hall at 7:30, will include the classics from operatic and musical theatre selections. Performers from SHSU School of Music will include faculty, Deborah Popham, Nicole Asel, Rebecca Grimes, Christopher Michel, and pianist, Saule Garcia.

Deborah Popham             Nicole Asel                     Rebecca Grimes

Christopher Michel           Saule Garcia

An Evening of Jazz

“An Evening of Jazz”, on June 16 in the Recital Hall at 7:30, will include performances by Aric Schneller, associate professor of Music with pianist, Brandon Thomas, Bassist David Craig and drummer, Zion Fizer.

schneller_newAric Schneller, an artist of many talents, is in constant demand regionally and nationally as an expert clinician, dynamic soloist and conductor and as an inventive composer and arranger. Aric has had frequent invitations and appearances at the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association Conventions, Jazz Educators Network International Convention, American Band College Convention, and most notably at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Convention. As a committed and enthusiastic jazz educator, Aric has served as President and as a member of the Board of Directors for The Texas Jazz Educators Association. An Associate Professor of Music, Aric directs the Jazz Studies program at Sam Houston State University and is the founder and Artistic Director of the annual SHSU Bill Watrous Jazz Festival. Aric previously taught at Idaho State University, the University of North Texas, and in the public schools of Justin, Texas.

Aric is a former member of the Grammy Nominated UNT One O’Clock Lab Band, and UNT Jazz Singers. Aric has worked and performed with Bobby Shew, Bob Mintzer, Arturo Sandoval, Phil Woods, Michael Dease, Danilo Pérez, Randy Brecker, John Fedchock, Andy Firth, Ingrid Jensen, Diane Reeves, Lynn Seaton, Ed Soph, Allen Vizzutti, and Bill Watrous amongst many others.

Originally from Missoula, MT, Aric holds a DMA in Trombone Performance from the University of North Texas, a MM in Voice and Operatic Performance from Boston University, a MM in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, and a BM in Trombone Performance from the University of Montana. Aric is a Yamaha Performing Artist, a member of ASCAP, and a voting member of the NARAS Grammy Awards.


NobleMotion Dance's 10th Anniversary

A sneak peek into NobleMotion Dance’s 10th Anniversary.  NobleMotion Dance is one of Texas’s premier contemporary dance companies and has received critical acclaim for their “extraordinary athleticism” and “cutting edge” programming. This program will show highlights from NMD’s Summer Dance Intensive as well as an excerpt of its newest work Unsinkable. To the seas, Unsinkable uses large rocking set pieces that resemble ship masts in a storm. Dancers are propelled, tossed, and catapulted through the air as they work together to right the ship. “Much of my family were immigrants,” states Co-choreographer Andy Noble, “In these polarizing times I wanted to create a dance that reflects the hope and optimism that this country represents.” Set design by Jared Doster, costumes by Barry Doss and light design by David Deveau shape the world. 

Artistic Directors of NobleMotion Dance: Andy Noble, Associate Chair/Professor at Sam Houston State University and Dionne Noble, Assistant Professor of Dance at Sam Houston State University. 


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