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FAU to Host Broadway Composer Charles Strouse

Acclaimed Composer to Hold Public Master Class

BOCA RATON, FL (October 3, 2012) - Florida Atlantic University’s department of music in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Commercial Music Program by presenting a public master class with acclaimed composer Charles Strouse on Wednesday, October 17 at 2 p.m. in the University Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The class is free and open to the public.

“Mr. Strouse has graciously offered to return to FAU to work with the commercial music students during this anniversary celebration,” said Michael Zager, FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Performing Arts. “During a previous visit, vocalists from the department of music enjoyed an intensive and educational session with Mr. Strouse and we want the public to be able to enjoy this experience as well.”

Strouse is a three–time Tony Award winner (“Annie,” “Applause,” “Bye Bye Birdie”), a two–time Emmy Award winner, and his cast recordings have earned him two Grammy Awards. He has been inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Theatre Hall of Fame. His song "Those Were the Days" launched over 200 episodes of “All in the Family” and continues to reach new generations of television audiences in syndication. “Annie” opens on Broadway this fall, with previews starting in October, and Strouse is actively involved with the creative team in the production.

Parking passes and directions to the University Theatre can be obtained at the information booth at the West Glades Road entrance to FAU. For more information, call Fookloy Ford at 561-297-0600 or email


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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