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UNC Charlotte Students Perform at American Trombone Workshop

The Trombone Ensemble joined Winthrop's group for a joint performance.
   March 18, 2020

The UNC Charlotte Trombone Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Jeremy Marks, combined with the Winthrop University Trombone Ensemble to present a recital at the 2020 American Trombone Workshop, held March 4-7 at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, home of the US Army Band. The students performed on March 6 to an audience of musicians from across the United States.

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Department of Music Announces New Chair

Dr. Joseph Skillen will join the Department July 1.
   March 11, 2020

The College of Arts + Architecture is pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph Skillen will become the next chair of the Department of Music, effective July 1. Skillen comes to UNC Charlotte after 22 years at Louisiana State University, where he has served in numerous capacities, most recently as the Galante Endowed Professor and associate dean for graduate studies in music and theatre in the...

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Professor Performs at Music by Women International Festival

Dr. Elizabeth Sullivan performed three works at the Music by Women International Festival.
   March 9, 2020

Dr. Elizabeth Sullivan, assistant professor of oboe, performed three works at the Music by Women International Festival, held March 5-7 at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi. Now in its fourth year, the festival includes papers and presentations, lecture-recitals, and concerts all relating to the subject of music composed, taught, and performed by women.

With...

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Student Wins SETC Sound Design Award

Gianna Agostino won the competition for the sound design for “Far Away.”
   March 5, 2020

Student Gianna Agostino won first place in the Sound Design competition at the 71st annual Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Convention, which was held February 26 – March 1 in Louisville, Kentucky. Gianna is a junior pursuing a double major in music and communications with a minor in theatre. She won the award for her design for the Department of Theatre production of Caryl Churchill’s...

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Voice Professor Sings at Seattle Opera

Audrey Babcock performed the role of Nica in "Charlie Parker's Yardbird."
   March 5, 2020

Assistant Professor of Voice Audrey Babcock has sung the role of "Nica" (the Baroness Nica de Koenigswarter) in the Seattle Opera production of Charlie Parker's Yardbird, a contemporary opera by Daniel Schnyder based on the legendary...

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Wind Ensemble Performs at CBDNA Conference in Louisiana

Dr. Shawn Smith and Dr. Shayna Stahl directed the ensemble's performance.
   February 25, 2020

The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Shawn Smith and Dr. Shayna Stahl, recently traveled to Natchitoches, Louisiana, to perform at the College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference (February 20-22). The UNC Charlotte band was one of just a handful of ensembles chosen to perform through a competitive audition process.

“Around the time I started here...

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New Article by Music Lecturer Explores Race and Authenticity in Jazz

Kelsey Klotz's article has been published in the Journal of Jazz Studies.
   January 10, 2020

A new article by Dr. Kelsey Klotz, a lecturer in the Department of Music, explores race and authenticity in jazz. The article, "Performing Authenticity 'In Your Own Sweet Way,'" has been published in the Journal of Jazz Studies, Volume 12, Number 1.

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Come From Away Actors Visit Musical Theatre Workshop

Two cast members from the national touring Broadway production of Come From Away were on campus.
   January 10, 2020

Two cast members from the national touring Broadway production of Come From Away led a special Musical Theatre Workshop for students on Friday, January 10. The show has run at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s Belk Theater, January 7-12.

Sharone Sayeghi and Amelia Cormack conducted a master...

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Broadway Actor Gives Musical Theatre Masterclass

Phillip Boykin was in Charlotte for the tour of Once On This Island.
   November 15, 2019

Broadway actor Phillip Boykin was in Rowe Recital Hall on November 14 to lead a masterclass in the Musical Theatre Workshop. Boykin, a bass-baritone, was a lead cast member in the 2017 Broadway production of Once On This Island and was in Charlotte for the touring production of the show at the...

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Music Students Excel in State Competitions

Voice and instrumental students win state auditions to progress to regional level.
   November 8, 2019

Three voice students will advance to the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Mid-Atlantic Region Auditions: Jocelyn Cabaniss, Sarah Freeman, and Trevor May. All three are students of Dr. Sequina DuBose. The Mid-Atlantic Region Auditions will take place March 13-14 at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

Three instrumental students won or placed at the...

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