FSU College of Music

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Jazz great Wynton Marsalis has hailed Jacksonville native and FSU professor Marcus Roberts as "the genius of modern piano". This campaign season the critically acclaimed jazz pianist and composer was struck by the diverse voices and perspectives of the candidates.

Tori Sparks

For a former Florida State University music student, this Thursday marks a homecoming to the town where her world-wide music career began. Singer-songwriter Tori Sparks is performing in Tallahassee for the first time in at least four years.

It’s been 10 years since Tori Sparks started studying music and theater at FSU. Since then, she’s toured in more than 20 countries and released four albums. But, she said, she never thought she’d make a career out of music back when she started playing open-mic nights at Lake Ella’s Black Dog Café.