A music partnership with the former Augusta State University is continuing under the newly merged Georgia Regents University, a move the group’s leader said signifies potential for growth of music and arts at the school and in the community.
The Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society is gaining a larger audience base while the collaboration is otherwise unchanged, said Dr. Quentin Kuyper, the co-artistic director for the music group.
“It’s the same relationship we had,” Kuyper said. “Nothing changed.”
Incorporating the medical campus into its outreach is a return to the music society’s early years, Kuyper said. When the group was founded 23 years ago, performances were held at the old Medical College building on Telfair Street. Ties with Augusta State University began in 1999 and performances have been held at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on the Summerville campus ever since.
GRU’s faculty, staff and students will be admitted free of charge to events on the Summerville campus. Each year, the music society plays host to six small ensembles such as trios or quintets from around the nation and globe. Its next event is Jan. 25.
David Brond, the senior vice president for communications and marketing at GRU, said the music partnership is one of many initiatives integrating the university with the surrounding area. Last week, the university announced it is the new title sponsor of the Augusta Half Marathon and 10K.
“We’re part of the community, the community is part of us,” Brond said.
Kuyper, who formerly directed the ASU Conservatory Program, said he hopes music education at GRU continues to add students, resources and facilities.
As for the prospect of a new performing arts center, Kuyper said he’s interested in developments but has not been involved in any conversations.
Brond said new facilities for music depend on funding like any other area of the university.