James Sclater’s music featured at Mississippi Museum of Art

Thursday, November 16, 2017

James Sclater's (D.M.A., Composition, 1970) music was recently featured at the Music in the City series at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson. The program included two commissioned works, Variations and Toccata on a Theme by Paganni for solo piano and Sweet Swingin' Suite for violin, clarinet and piano. The Suite, commissioned by the Argot Trio, has recently been recorded by them on the Centaur label.

Altin Sencalar chosen as Geri Allen Fellow at Detroit's Carr Center

Thursday, November 16, 2017   |  The Carr Center

Altin Sencalar (B.M., Jazz Performance, 2017) was chosen for the inaugural class of Geri Allen Fellows through the Carr Center in Detroit. The Gathering Jazz Orchestra is a two-year fellowship program for 14 people between the ages of 18 and 30 directed by Rodney Whitaker, former bassist with Jazz at Lincoln Center. Sencalar earned one of the two trombone spots.

Andrew Parker named principal oboe with Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Andrew Parker (D.M.A., Applied Music/Performance, 2013) was recently named principal oboe of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra, second oboe of the Spartanburg Symphony Orchestra and instructor of oboe and music technology at Brevard College. He is also a regular substitute musician with the Asheville and Greenville Symphony Orchestras in South Carolina, and he’s has been appointed artistic administrator at the Brevard Music Center Festival and Institute.

Joseph Kingma takes first prize at international competition

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Joseph Kingma (D.M.A., Piano Performance, 2017), assistant professor of Music at Louisiana College, took first prize at the 2017 Franz Liszt Festival and International Competition held at Ohio State University.

Benjamin Whitcomb publishes seventh book

Thursday, September 14, 2017   |  Benjamin Whitcomb

Benjamin Whitcomb (M.M. 1994, Ph.D. 1999), professor of Cello and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, recently published his seventh book, A Compendium of Chords for the Cello, through AuthorHouse. His previous books are now published through Wingert-Jones. Whitcomb also had a paper recently accepted for the national conference of the American String Teachers Association. This will be his 16th consecutive year to present a paper at this conference.

Alan E. Hicks joins University of Houston opera faculty

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Alan E. Hicks (D.M.A., Vocal Arts, 2009) has joined the faculty of the University of Houston's Moores Opera Center as assistant professor and associate producer.

Andrew Sigler Appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Andrew Sigler (D.M.A., Composition, 2014) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music Composition at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Sigler served as Lecturer of Music Composition at Tennessee for three years prior to this appointment.

Dan Kurland to join music staff of Germany’s Theater Hagen

Thursday, July 13, 2017   |  Dan K Kurland

Dan Kurland (B.M., Music Performance, 2010) graduated in May with a D.M.A. in collaborative piano studies from The Juilliard School and will join the music staff of Theater Hagen in Hagen, Germany, in August. Over the summer, he will perform at the Aspen Music Festival and with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance Program.

Wesley Schulz Appointed Associate Conductor of North Carolina Symphony

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wesley Schulz (M.M. 2008; D.M.A., Conducting, 2010) has been appointed associate conductor of the North Carolina Symphony.

Lucy Amen Warner publishes first children’s book

Thursday, July 13, 2017   |  Spring Promise Productions

Lucy Amen Warner (B.M., Music and Human Learning, 1975), Music Department chair at The Browning School in New York City, has just completed her first children's book Zap! Boom! Pow! Superheroes of Music. This new book for boys and girls ages 5-11, presents 12 famous composers as superheroes. It combines facts, a fun "superhero" element relating to each composer's life and music, and colorful illustrations. Published in December 2016, it has already reached thousands of children in public and private schools, homes and libraries.

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