Registration Is Open for Magic Note Music Studio Summer Camps

Thmagicnote-297x300e University of Arkansas’ Music Outreach Program in partnership with the Arts Center of the Ozarks will offer two summer music camp sessions for young children this June and July. The childhood music program is called “Magic Note Music Studio” and offers both Music & Movement classes for children ages 3-4 and Beginning Piano I for children ages 4-6. Children will sing, play, explore percussion instruments, listen to music from various genres, and experience musical activiites specifically designed to stimulate early childhood development. Classes will be held at the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale.

  • Music & Movement: Children (3-4 years) will feel comfortable using their voice, body and instruments to produce and experience music as they build a strong musical foundation through songs, dance, and notation exercises.
  • Beginning Piano I: Small group piano classes for children (4-6 years old) prepare students for private instruction. Each class is limited to 4-5 students and works on rhythm, notation, and basic skills on piano.

Summer Music Camps - PosterFree demonstrations will be held at the Fayetteville Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, and Tuesday, July 21. Parents and children will have the opportunity to see how the classes are structured.

To learn more and to register, please go to the Magic Note Music Studio website.

University of Arkansas Music Outreach programs strive to offer high-quality music programs to a broad community base. They do this by offering a comprehensive music program, providing educational and enriching musical experiences for all ages. Community outreach is one of our highest priorities, and our vision supports this objective.


Nikola Radan, Music Lecture instructor
Music Department


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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.