Four Bands Open the Spring Concert Season at the Walton Arts Center

The University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band will open their spring concert season with two days of performances at the Walton Center. The Wind Symphony and Concert Band will perform at 7 p.m. on … Continue reading

UA Students and Faculty Musicians to Be Featured on National Public Radio


Florence Price

A University of Arkansas string quartet will be featured Thursday, Feb. 26, on the nationally broadcast NPR program, Performance Today. It can be heard on KUAF at 9 a.m. and again at 8 p.m., as well as other NPR affiliate stations.

The quartet is comprised of associate professor of music Er-Gene Kahng, violin; former student Ryan Cockerham, violin; and current students Tazonio Anderson, viola, and Patrick Bellah, cello. The NPR recording is the quartet’s recent performance of a String Quartet composed by Arkansas native Florence B. Price, the first African-American woman whose music was performed by major symphony orchestras back in the 1930s.

The quartet’s performance was recorded at the recent “Florence Price Music Festival” held on the U of A campus on Jan. 30 and 31. Like most of the music heard at the festival this Price string quartet was one of many that had been discovered by the University of Arkansas Special Collections library in an abandoned home south of Chicago. U of A music researchers were able to reconstruct a number of previously unknown Florence Price compositions from the scores that had been left strewn across the floors of the abandoned home. The recording by the U of A faculty and students made at the festival was the first time this music has been heard since it was composed in 1929.

Music Student Wins Composition Contest

Master of Music student Jared Aragón recently won first place in the 2014 Santa Fe Community Orchestra Composition Competition

Friday, December 12, 2014

Master of Music student Jared Aragón recently won first place in the 2014 Santa Fe Community Orchestra Composition Competition, which included a cash award of $4,000. His composition, entitled “Chaco Variations” was one of two pieces that were selected by judges from all of the submissions. The Santa Fe Orchestra sight read both selected pieces for the public and the orchestra voted to determine which piece was the best in regards to sound and overall playability. In June, the Santa Fe Orchestra will perform the work again in a regular subscription concert. Jared’s composition depicts the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in Northwestern New Mexico. Mr. Aragón, a native of New Mexico, is pursuing a master of music degree in music composition under the direction of UA professor Dr. Robert Mueller.

Dr. Park Travels the World

Dr. Moon-Sook Park

Dr. Moon-Sook Park

Dr. Moon-Sook Park will represent the University of Arkansas at three exceptional venues this upcoming week.

Dr. Ronda Mains and Dr. Park will perform a Special Concert at the 57th College Music Society’s National Conference in St. Louis on October 30th. Since its premiere in 2013, the piece “Little Sketches for Soprano and Flute,” written by Ivan Elezovic, has been highly acclaimed for an innovative style and extraordinary quality.

Dr. Park will then fly to Dublin, Ireland, on November 1st, 2014, to perform at a gala event by the Korean-Irish Society and at a benefit concert. She will perform various Korean songs, an opera aria, as well as an Irish melody for both performances. All the proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Korean-Irish Youth Group in Dublin.

Next on her whirl-wind tour, Park will perform with James Fiste, ‘Cello Professor at Central Michigan University (CMU), and give a presentation at the CMU Voice Master Class the week of November 4th. She will perform Élegié by Massenet, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Villalobos, and Vocalise for Soprano, Cello and Piano by Previn.

Finally, Park was selected to perform two Korean songs on November 13th at the Member Artist Recital,  39th Southern Region NATS Conference in Hattiesburg, MS. During the event, she will also serve as an adjudicator. Three of her voice students will participate in the student audition.

Moon-Sook Park began her professional career in Europe and has numerous performances as a soloist to her credit. She has presented solo concerts, chamber music, and operatic works in the U.S., Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, and Korea, in addition to various group performances of avant-garde music. She also was a stipend recipient of K.A.A.D. in Germany and won the coveted Bayreuth Stipend Award for extraordinary young artists.

Besides her début solo recitals in Puebla, Mexico, in Cambridge, England, and in Madrid, Spain in 2013, Park has received acclaim for her artistic interpretation of the songs. She successfully performed and presented a solo recital along with the voice master class at Ball State University in September 2014.

Brent Miller co-founds Center for New Music

Check out what alumnus Brent Miller (class of 2001) has been doing since moving to San Francisco in 2010.

Miller is the co-founder and Managing Director of the Center for New Music. He started the Center to serve the practitioners of creative, non-commercial music by providing the resources they need, including space to work, rehearse, and perform, access to a like-minded community, and access to media resources.

The Center’s doors opened in 2013. Miller and his support team have produced 175+ shows while creating a platform for communication, collaboration, outreach, program development, incubation of new artists, engagement of new listeners, and increased activity for the business of new music.

You can read more about the Center for New Music here: