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Frederick C. Tillis

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Work of Frederick C. Tillis leaves a lasting impression at UMass

Dr. Frederick Tillis started working at the University of Massachusetts in 1970 and in his time at UMass, shaped and progressed musical studies. Tillis was the director of the Fine Arts Center for almost 20 years and started programs such as the jazz program, the Afro-American music studies program and the Jazz in July summer music program that allows students to come and learn from jazz greats over the summer.
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UMass Amherst officially renames Fine Arts Center building, performance hall for Randolph W. Bromery and Frederick C. Tillis

Renovated Arts Bridge, Costume Shop and Recording Studio Also Unveiled. AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst honored its deep roots in the performing and fine arts today at a ceremony celebrating the renaming of the Fine Arts Center building and its main stage. The building has been named the Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts in honor of the university’s first Black chancellor. The Bromery Center’s 1,800-seat concert hall, meanwhile, was renamed in honor of Frederick C. Tillis, a celebrated composer, poet, music educator, and arts administrator at the university, who died in 2020.
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