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Jason Robert Brown has been hailed as “one of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and his “extraordinary, jubilant theater music” (Chicago Tribune) has been heard all over the world, whether in one of the hundreds of productions of his musicals every year or in his own incendiary live performances. The New York Times refers to Jason as “a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical.”

The DePauw University School of Music is thrilled to welcome three-time Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown to campus this spring. As a part of the annual Living Composers Festival, Brown will be speaking to various School of Music and Theatre Department classes, coaching School of Music students, giving an ethics lecture, and performing a concert playing his original music.

Many of Brown’s musicals deal explicitly with ethical issues, including DePauw’s Fall 2014 production of Parade, for which Brown won a 1999 Tony Award for Best Original Score. As a part of the Festival, Brown will be hosting a lecture discussing the various ethical questions he poses in his writing.

Jason Robert Brown will visit campus on Friday, March 6, 2015 through Saturday, March 7, 2015.


Friday March 6, 2015:

  • TBD School of Music student coachings with Jason Robert Brown - selections from Parade, Songs for a New World, and The Last 5 Years
  • TBD Class Visits
  • 6:30 PM - Vocal Master Class - Green Center for the Performing Arts, Thompson Recital Hall

Saturday March 7, 2015

  • 10 AM – Alumni Panel – Musical Theatre and Theatre Alumni – Green Center for the Performing Arts, Room 1029
  • 12 PM – Ethics Lecture with Jason Robert Brown – Prindle Institute for Ethics (tentative)
  • 2 PM – Student Cabaret – Works of Jason Robert Brown – Green Center for the Performing Arts, Thompson Recital Hall
  • 5 PM – Guest Concert: Jason Robert Brown – Green Center for the Performing Arts, Thompson Recital Hall

This two-day event is co-sponsored by the School of Music, Department of Communication and Theatre, and DePauw University’s Prindle Institute of Ethics.