Artist retreat, New College team up for performance series

The Hermitage North @ New College series launches with experimental vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and Fulbright scholar Jen Shyu, Friday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m., at the Music Room at College Hall, New College, 351 College Drive, Sarasota. Reservations for this free program are required. Make your reservations here.

In this presentation, Jen Shyu will perform her music and include an interactive improvisation. Shyu will explore how her path to becoming a composer was inspired by fieldwork research in Taiwan, Cuba, East Timor, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan. She will also share ideas and inspiration on how musicians can integrate their interests, talents and passions into their own unique expression outside of any categories.

Jen Shyu is widely regarded for her singing and riveting stage presence, carving out her own “beyond-category” space in the art world. Shyu has performed her own music on such prestigious world stages as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at preeminent festivals worldwide.

The Hermitage is a nonprofit artist retreat in Englewood. It invites accomplished artists in all disciplines for residencies on its beachfront campus, who, in turn, interact with the community with unique and inspiring programs. The Hermitage awards the $30,000 Greenfield Prize for a new work of art, and the Aspen Music Festival awards the annual Hermitage Prize in Composition. For more information about the Hermitage Artist Retreat, visit

The partnership between Hermitage and New College is made possible in part through a multiyear grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to New College: Connecting the Arts + Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast.

Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre bay front campus is home to more than 800 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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