Visiting Artist Series 2017-2018

Unless otherwise specified:

-          Concerts begin at 8 pm and take place in Schwartz Auditorium (SCHW 110) on the STFX campus.

-          Tickets are $10 each, free for St. FX students and the non-salaried.

For information, including group rates for high school students, please contact the Music Department Office at (902) 867-2106 or



OCTOBER 2, 2017: 

Mike Rud, guitar

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Join us for a concert with Juno award-winning jazz guitarist, composer and songwriter Mike Rud.  As an instrumentalist, Mike has played alongside some of the greatest musicians of the era like Peter Bernstein, Kenny Wheeler, Herb Ellis, Joey DeFrancesco, and Randy Brecker.  As a composer, Mike won the 2014 Juno Award for his album Notes on Montreal, a critically acclaimed tour-de-force, featuring his lyrics, and compositions.  Mike has a master’s degree from McGill, and studied privately in New York City with one of the fathers of jazz guitar, Jim Hall.

Tickets: $10;  free for students and the non-salaried


OCTOBER 20, 2017: 

Marshall Gilkes, trombone

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Trombonist/composer Marshall Gilkes integrates myriad influences into a singular and distinctive voice, combining the spontaneous invention of jazz with the elegant architecture of classical composition and virtuosic technique with passionate emotion. His sound can be heard in the lush impressionism of the Maria Schneider Orchestra; the exotic chamber jazz of Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda’s trio; and New York’s thriving Latin music scene. He has conducted his music with the WDR Big Band, UMO Jazz Orchestra, Airmen of Note, and Army Blues.  He’s also performed with Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Christian McBride Big Band, Billy Cobham, Richard Bona, and Barbra Streisand. A finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2003, Gilkes has released four albums as a leader. The latest, Köln, features his compositions for Germany’s WDR Big Band and was nominated for two Grammy awards in 2016. Gilkes is a graduate of the Juilliard School and is an Assistant Professor of music at Berklee College of Music.  He is an artist for Edwards Instruments.

Tickets: Free



November 17, 2017

Port Cities

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Port Cities was formed by three of the East Coast’s risings stars:  Breagh MacKinnon, Carleton Stone and Dylan Guthro.  With layered ­pop production and edgy guitar, synth and beats instrumentation, Port Cities hits home with all the spirit you’d expect from its members. But at the same time, the tradition of songcraft and folk music is behind each song. And no matter if it’s a raw rocker, or an acoustic­ based ​heart­breaker,​ the lead vocals, duets, and three­ part harmonies make each performance shine.

Tickets:  $25.00 adults and $15.00 for students, children and seniors


March 23-24, 2017

St. FX Vocal Jazz Festival


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The third annual StFX Vocal Jazz Festival will welcome StFX alumnus David Lane (Cadence, Duwende), and vocal jazz and A Capella groups from the region.  Performance workshops and collaborative performances with students, StFX faculty and guest artists are featured of this non-competitive event.

Workshops for participants take place in the day and evening concert is open to the general public.