Newsletter

First Friday News

The Bower School of Music & the Arts produces a newsletter on the first Friday of each month with information about the work of our students, faculty, staff and alumni within the FGCU community and beyond.

Current Issue:
First Friday News, Edition 63, September 2022
This month's slightly late issue includes news from our Alumni and Faculty, as well as a brief note from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A, the events for September and the beginning of October, and a notice about the change of venue for the October 23rd Symphony Orchestra concert to Moorings Presbyterian Church.

 

Past Issues:

First Friday News, Edition 62, August 2022
This month's issue includes all of the news from the past few months and the beginning of the 2022/23 season at the BSM&A. Thank you for your support of the BSM&A.

 

First Friday News, Edition 61, June 2022
This month's issue includes an end of year letter from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A and an upcoming event at the BSM&A. Just as a reminder, there will be no newsletter in July, so we will be back on August 5 with the first First Friday News of the 2022/23 Season.

 

First Friday News, Edition 60, May 2022
This month's issue includes a note from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; news from our students, alumni, faculty and staff; and the winners of the awards from the 24th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. 


First Friday News, Edition 59, April 2022
This month's issue includes a note about our recent donor events from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; news from our alumni, students, faculty and staff; BSM&A in the News; information about a benefit concert in aid of the Ukraine; and information on our events through the end of the 2021/22 Season. 


First Friday News, Edition 58, March 2022
This month's issue includes a note about FGCU Give Day from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; news from our alumni, students and faculty; a Focus On one of our Art alums; photos from FGCU Day; information about the Theatre Program's production of On Baile's Strand; and information on our March events. 


First Friday News, Edition 57, February 2022
This month's issue includes a note about FGCU Day from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; news from our faculty and students; a Focus On one of our students who took over the #wearefgcu Instagram for a week; and information on our February and early March events. Don't miss all that is happening on FGCU Day, Saturday, February 12, the official kickoff of FGCU's 25th Anniversary!


First Friday News, Edition 56, January 2022
This month's issue includes a note from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; news from our faculty and students; a report on the 20th (Almost) Annual Pottery Sale and 15th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser; and information on our January and early February events.


First Friday News, Edition 55, December 2021
This month's issue includes a note from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; news from our faculty and students and information on our December events.

 

First Friday News, Edition 54, November 2021
This month's issue includes a note from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; news from our faculty and students and information on our November and early December events.


First Friday News, Edition 53, October 2021
This month's issue includes a note from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; news from our faculty, students and alumni; a Focus On... Spencer Gillespie ('17, Art); a note about the October 14 Wind Orchestra concert at Riverside Park Amphitheater in Bonita Springs and  information on our October and early November events.


First Friday News, Edition 52, September 2021
This month's issue includes a note from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; news from our students, faculty and alumni; a Focus On... with some of our Theatre Program grads; and information on our September events.

 

First Friday News, Edition 51, August 2021
This month's issue includes a welcome back letter from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; news from our students, alumni and faculty; a note from the Events Coordinator; and information on our August events.

 

First Friday News, Edition 50, June 2021
This month's issue includes an end of year letter from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A and some of the articles about the BSM&A from the past 9 months. Just as a reminder, there will be no newsletter in July, so we will be back on August 6 with the first First Friday News of the 2021/22 Season.


First Friday News, Edition 49, May 2021
This month's issue includes a note from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the Bower School of Music & the Arts; the award winners from the 23rd Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition; a new segment called Featuring...; news from our students, alumni & faculty and more!

 

First Friday News, Edition 48, April 2021
This month's issue includes a note from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the Bower School of Music & the Arts; information about a new partnership with the Sanibel Music Festival; a Focus On... about coping in the world of COVID-19; information about tickets for the virtual performance of the Theatre Program's production of Sweet and Sad; news from our students & faculty and more!


First Friday News, Edition 47, March 2021  
This month's issue includes a note from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the Bower School of Music & the Arts; Information about FGCU Remembers: the Covid Memorial Project;  and news from our students, faculty & alumni

 

First Friday News, Edition 46, February 2021  
This month's issue includes a note from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the Bower School of Music & the Arts and news from our students, faculty & alumni


First Friday News, Edition 45, January 2021  
This month's issue includes a note from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the Bower School of Music & the Arts; news from our students, faculty & alumni; photos from Very Empty Bowls; and information about our January events and how you can attend.

 

First Friday News, Edition 44, December 2020  
This
 month's issue includes a note from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the Bower School of Music & the Arts; news from our students, faculty & alumni; a Focus On...; and a holiday message for you to enjoy

  

First Friday News, Edition 43, November 2020  
This month's issue includes a note from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the Bower School of Music & the Arts; news from our students, faculty & alumni; a two-part Focus On...; and information on upcoming virtual events for you to enjoy 


First Friday News, Edition 42, October 2020  
This month's issue includes a note from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the Bower School of Music & the Arts introducing our new faculty; news from our alumni and faculty; and a brief Focus On... for you to enjoy

 
First Friday News, Edition 41, September 2020  
This month's issue includes an important note from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the Bower School of Music & the Arts; news from our faculty; and a Focus On... for you to enjoy

 

First Friday News, Edition 40, August 2020  
This month's issue includes an important note from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the Bower School of Music & the Arts; news from the students, alumni and faculty; a bit of Events Information; and congratulations to the Summer 2020 graduates of the BSM&A

 

First Friday News, Edition 39, June 2020  
This month's issue includes an end of year letter from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A and a piece of news from our Students. Just as a reminder, there will be no newsletter in July, so we will be back on August 7 with the first First Friday News of the 2020-21 Season


First Friday News, Edition 38, May 2020  
This month's issue includes a letter from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; a congratulations to the BSM&A class of 2020; information from our Community Based Performance class; online learning wins; news from our Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni; and a note from the Events Coordinator

 

First Friday News, Edition 37, April 2020  
This month's issue includes a letter from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; news from our Students and Faculty; and an FGCU Chamber Choir edition of "Focus On..."

 
First Friday News, Edition 36, March 2020  
This month's issue includes a letter from Joanna Hoch, Events Coordinator at the Bower School of Music & the Arts; news from our Students and Faculty; events for March and early April; and RSVP information for the 6th Annual Champagne Signature Concert


First Friday News, Edition 35, February 2020  
This month's issue includes a letter from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; news from our Faculty, Students & Alumni; events for February; and RSVP information for the 6th Annual Champagne Signature Concert

 
First Friday News, Edition 34, January 2020  
This month's issue includes a letter from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; news from our Faculty, Students & Alumni; a save the date; events for January; and a photo from the FMEA conference in Tampa this week

 

First Friday News, Edition 33, December 2019  
This month's issue includes a letter from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; news from our Faculty, Students & Alumni; a save the date; and the events for the rest of 2019 at the BSM&A

 

First Friday News, Edition 32, November 2019
This month's issue includes a letter from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; news from our Faculty, Students & Alumni; an Art-related installment of "Focus On..."; and the events for the month of November at the BSM&A


First Friday News, Edition 31, October 2019
This month's issue includes a letter from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; news from our Faculty, Students & Alumni; a Theatre-related installment of "Focus On..."; and the events for the month of October at the BSM&A


First Friday News, Edition 30, September 2019This month's issue includes a letter from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; news from our Faculty, Students & Alumni; another installment of "Focus On..."; and the events for the month of September at the BSM&A


First Friday News, Edition 29, August 2019
For the first edition of the 2019-2020 Academic Year, the August issue includes a letter from Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Director of the BSM&A; bits of news from our Faculty, Students and Alumni; the events for the month of August at the BSM&A; and a notice for children's piano classes to be held over the course of the year. 


First Friday News, Edition 28, June 2019
For the final edition of the 2018-2019 Academic Year, the June issue includes letters from both Dr. Michael Rohrbacher, Interim Director of the BSM&A and Provost James Llorens. The First Friday News will be taking its annual vacation next month, but will be back in August with all of the exciting news of our new season and from throughout the BSM&A. 


First Friday News, Edition 27, May 2019
This month's issue includes the winners of the Southwest Florida Symphony's Prescott Competition, the final Storytelling Slam, information from Around the BSM&A and a new feature entitled "Focus On..." where you will get to know one of the members of the BSM&A community 


First Friday News, Edition 26, April 2019
This month's issue includes the award winners from the 21st Annual Student Juried Exhibition, news from our Alumni and from Around the BSM&A and the list of events through the end of the 2019 Season