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Join us in a celebration of creativity with a salon-style musical performance in the 1956 Workshop on Saturday, June 9th. Ursinus faculty members Holly Hubbs, Jennifer Fleeger, and Melinda Rice will present works by Telemann for violin, viola, and recorder. The concert is inspired by Esherick’s melding of space between work and home. It centers on chamber and solo music that Telemann created with domestic and chamber settings in mind. Works also include Gulliver’s Travels for two violins, canonic and trio sonatas, and Fantasia no. 10 in D major for violin. Amidst the music performance we invite you to enjoy artworks, light fare, and drinks in our intimate artist environment on the hillside.

The Studio’s main gallery will be open for visitors to enjoy beginning at 2:30 PM before the performance commences at 3:00 PM.


About the Performers:

Holly Hubbs holds the William F Heefner Chair of Music at Ursinus College, where she directs chamber music ensembles and teaches music history courses. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Hubbs holds music education degrees from Quincy University (Quincy, IL) and Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL), and received her Doctor of Arts degree in saxophone performance from Ball State University (Muncie, IN). In 2015, Hubbs was the recipient of Ursinus’ Laughlin Award for Distinguished Teaching, in Fall 2017 she received an award for Outstanding First-Year Advising, and in 2019 she received the Laughlin Professional Achievement Award. As a saxophonist, Hubbs has performed in venues in both the United States and Europe and is currently an active recitalist in the Philadelphia area. Also an active scholar, Dr. Hubbs has published articles in the Saxophone Symposium, and presented papers at conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, College Music Society, and the American Culture Association. Her most recent publication is a chapter submission in the 2024 volume Contemporary Perspectives on Elise Hall, and she is currently researching the life of Black music education pioneer Isabele Taliaferro Spiller with plans to publish a book on Spiller’s life.


Jennifer Fleeger joined the Ursinus College faculty in 2013. Her work is primarily an investigation of how film and other visual media represent what the world sounds like. To that end, Sounding American explores the importance of opera and jazz during the conversion to sound in Hollywood and Mismatched Women examines the connection between women who don’t sound like they look and new technologies for recording and visualizing music, from Trilby and the phonograph to Susan Boyle and the internet. She has published articles and reviews in Camera Obscura; Music, Sound, and the Moving Image; Quarterly Review of Film and Video; and Popular Music and Society. She is co-editor of Media Ventriloquism: How Audiovisual Technologies Transform the Voice-Body Relationship and is currently finishing a book on media and childhood.

Jennifer teaches courses on subjects ranging from film theory to horror film to women authors to documentary ethics. In her spare time, Jennifer plays the violin in local community orchestras and enjoys making art with her children.


Melinda Rice is a violinist and musician interested in creating space for genuine reaction. Melinda joined the Ursinus faculty in 2023, and leads the String Ensemble. Their recent collaborative projects include developing a performance that showcases how original music sounds on different instruments (Special Instruments, performed with Carlos Santiago and created in collaboration with Philadelphia Small Works Gallery), a performance combining looped string music, spoken word and cemetery history (re:claim with Heather Bowlan at Laurel Hill Cemetery), a song cycle around a personal history of water for piano, violin, and voice (Water Cycle with Teri Card Heller), and a solo acoustic violin series with a live siren from a local nuclear generating station (siren songs). Melinda returned to Pennsylvania in 2020 after a decade and a half exploring music in southern California with ensembles including the Craft in America House Band, A Tribute Ensemble, Isaura String Quartet, Wild Up, and The Industry, and teaching with Harmony Project, Youth Orchestra LA, and the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra’s education program. Melinda brings the community-oriented and often experimental orientation they developed there to their current practice. Melinda enjoys digging into new chamber works, plays with a wedding band, co-authored an article on Listening in the 2023 issue of The Turnaround, and has released two albums of original works, and recently released the track right beneath the moon on Strange Woman Records.



$45 per person

$30 for WEM members – Join or renew today to purchase your ticket at this special price!


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