Red Hots! Performers Keep the Arts on Stage at University Events

March 28 2017
(Left) Shanmo Guan and (Right) Austin Gren (Left) Shanmo Guan and (Right) Austin Gren

Fifteen College of Fine Arts students are among the U’s most articulate ambassadors, without ever saying a word. School of Music students in the Red Hots! program perform for events all over campus, sharing their talents and love of music and transforming the ordinary into something special. Their appearance ensures that the arts have a presence at the University’s most important events.

As Jacqueline Voland of the School of Medicine explains, they are “the hidden gem on campus.” In its fourth year, the School established the Red Hots! to provide freelance experience for its students, while exposing the campus community to its exceptional musical talent. With a string quartet, jazz ensemble, pianists, harpists and classical guitarist, plenty of options exist for those wanting to create just the right ambience for their event.

The University President’s Office is a frequent requestor of Red Hot! Performers. “They bring high caliber talent, class and elegance to any event and leave a wonderful first and lasting impression,” explains President David and Dr. Sandi Pershing.

The student Red Hots! gain professional experience and strengthen their resumes by serving as University ambassadors to alumni, donors and the community. They also receive payment for every performance, providing support similar to a fellowship.

“The Red Hots! offers me opportunities to perform for varied audiences and to move people by my music,” said pianist and Red Hot! Shanmo Guan. The School of Music’s Advisory Board funds the Red Hots! program through its annual Camerata Awards Gala. Events that qualify pay no charge for Red Hot! Performers.

For more information please visit Red Hots!.