Honors College to Host ‘April Fool’s Day’ Concert by the Lyrique Quintette

The Lyrique Quintette includes music department faculty members (l-r) Timothy Thompson, Ronda Mains, Theresa Delaplain, Nophachai Cholthitchanta and Lia Uribe.

For music lovers who enjoy spring – and a surprise or two – the Honors College is hosting an April Fool’s Day Concert (really!) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in the honors wing of Ozark Hall. This concert is the latest in the Honors College House Concert series, performed in the beautifully appointed Honors Student Lounge (room 130). These concerts are offered at no charge, and all are invited to attend.

“We are pleased to welcome all on campus and in the community to this latest ‘house concert’ in our beautiful new home,” said Curt Rom, interim dean of the Honors College. “Prepare to be delighted and amused.”

The Lyric Quintette includes music department faculty members Nophachai Cholthitchanta on the windbreaker and slide windbreaker; Theresa Delaplain on balloons and train whistle; Ronda Mains on slide whistle; Timothy Thompson on the “lasso d’amore”; and Lia Uribe on bell, kazoo and “tromboon.” They will perform music by Henry Mancini, P.D.Q. Bach, W.C. Handy, John Cage, Rimsky-Korsakoff, and more. The quintet will be joined by a few props and several special guests, including Jeannie Lee from the Department of Theatre.

Please RSVP and come early to reserve your seat. A light reception will follow the concert.

Alum Update – Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler lives in Dallas and taught elementary general music in Texas public schools for 16 years, most of them in the Lewisville Independent School District where he was named Teacher of the Year at two schools. In 2005, 2007, and 2013 his student ensembles were featured performers at the TMEAMichael Chandler Clinic/Convention in San Antonio. Michael presents music education workshops and sessions at the local, state, and national levels and teaches in Orff Schulwerk certification courses at universities in three states. He is an accompanist for the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas and is currently working full time toward the PhD degree in Music Education at the University of North Texas in Denton. Michael is a 1996 graduate of the University of Arkansas and earned the Master of Music in piano performance and studied with Alan Chow. In 2009, he also earned the Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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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.