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Music Department Announces New Director of Bands

Dr. Hunter Kopczynski has taught in middle school, high school, and university programs.
   May 10, 2022

The Department of Music has announced that Hunter Kopczynski will join the faculty as Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music this fall.  He will conduct the UNC Charlotte Wind Ensemble, teach courses in conducting and music education, and oversee the university bands program.

Kopczynski comes to Charlotte after his role as Director of Bands at Mars Hill University (Mars...

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UNC Charlotte to present East Coast premiere of “Violins of Hope” Song Cycle

“Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope” is inspired by music professor’s book.
   April 11, 2022

A new song cycle about violins recovered from the Holocaust will be the centerpiece of Charlotte’s Holocaust Remembrance Day event, the Community Yom HaShoah Commemoration. Presented by the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture in partnership with community and educational partners, Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope will receive its East Coast premiere on April 26 at...

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Voice Professor’s Opera Performed at Kennedy Center

Brian Arreola’s opera tells story of family separated at the US/Mexico border.
   April 9, 2022

The Washington, D.C. company IN Series presented an opera composed by Professor of Voice Brian Arreola at The Kennedy Center on Saturday, April 9. ¡Zavala-Zavala!: an opera in v cuts ...

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Department of Music Collaborates with Central Piedmont to Present Opera

Opera Workshop students join the cast of “Susannah” for three performances at Halton Theater.
   March 29, 2022

Nine UNC Charlotte music students will join the cast of Carlisle Floyd’s opera, Susannah, in a production presented through a partnership with Central Piedmont Community College’s Opera Theatre program. Performances will take place April 1-3 in the Halton Theater on the main campus of Central Piedmont.

The voice students – Nicholas Andruzzi, Sarah Freeman, Kathryn Goretzka,...

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Students to Perform at International Music by Women Festival

Five clarinet students will travel to Columbus, Mississippi, March 3-5.
   February 26, 2022

Five clarinet students from UNC Charlotte were selected through blind peer review to attend and perform at the Music by Women Festival at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi. The sixth annual international Music by Women Festival will be held March 3-5 and will feature concerts of music written by contemporary...

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CoA+A Announces 2022 Distinguished Alumni

The College of Arts + Architecture will honor five Distinguished Alumni on Friday, March 18
   February 3, 2022

The College of Arts + Architecture (CoA+A) will honor five Distinguished Alumni on Friday, March 18, in the eighth annual celebration of alumni achievement. The award ceremony will take place at 11:30 am in Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts and will be open to the public.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards were created by the College of Arts + Architecture in 2015 to recognize the...

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Professor Discusses His Book in Music Podcast Interview

Dr. Dylan Savage’s “The Transposed Musician” demonstrates life skills learned through music.
   January 30, 2022

Professor of Piano Dylan Savage was the featured guest in Episode 122 of the podcast Enhance Life with Music, which aired on January 25. In the interview, he explained how the skills necessary for learning music effectively are transferable to many settings and situations throughout one’s life.

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Voice Professor Joins Opera Carolina Cast

Sequina DuBose will sing the role of Donna Elvira in a new production of Don Giovanni.
   January 17, 2022

Assistant Professor of Voice Sequina DuBose, lyric soprano, will sing the role of Donna Elvira in Opera Carolina's upcoming production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Performances will take place February 3, 5, and 6 at the Belk Theater in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. It is DuBose's debut in the virtuosic role of...

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Clarinet Professor’s New CD Celebrates Diverse Collection of Contemporary Composers

Jessica Lindsey is one half of Spatial Forces Duo, which has created “Little Spectacle."
   January 5, 2022

Associate Professor of Clarinet Jessica Lindsey, with her musical partner Christy Banks, recently released a new CD of electroacoustic music – the first for the pair of clarinetists, who have performed together as Spatial Forces Duo since 2008....

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Student Wins State Music Competition

Kira Wagner is the NC winner of the MTNA Young Artist Solo Competition in the Brass Area.
   November 2, 2021

Student Kira Wagner has been named the North Carolina state representative for 2021-2022 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Solo Competition in the Brass Area. The three-tiered competition begins with a state round in the fall, followed by a division round...

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