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FAU Hosts Broadway Composer Charles Strouse

BOCA RATON, FL (October 31, 2012) - Florida Atlantic University’s department of music in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Commercial Music Program with a visit from acclaimed composer Charles Strouse on Wednesday, October 17. Strouse held a master class in the afternoon that was open to the public, before attending a reception at FAU’s Eleanor R. Baldwin House, the Boca Raton campus residence for President Saunders.

“Charles Strouse is a legend in the music industry,” said Michael Zager, Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Performing Arts and founder of FAU’s commercial music program. “We couldn’t have had a better way to celebrate this anniversary.” Strouse was presented with the inaugural FAU Making Waves Award during the Baldwin House event. This award recognizes artists who have made a significant contribution to the arts.

Strouse, a three–time Tony Award winner  for “Annie,” “Applause,” and “Bye Bye Birdie,” performed songs from these shows, as well as his song "Those Were the Days" that launched more than 200 episodes of “All in the Family.” Strouse has been inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Theatre Hall of Fame.

FAU’s commercial music program offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs to help students develop skills for a professional music career. Students are able to study the business of music as they develop their individual instrumental and/or vocal skills. The program provides students with valuable practical experience through internships and working on FAU's record label, Hoot/Wisdom Recordings LLC.

For more information about FAU’s commercial music program, contact Fookloy Ford at 561-297-0600 or



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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