Welcome to the 2014-15 school year!! Enclosed is the latest news and information from the School of Music. Read below to find out just how busy our faculty and students have been during the summer months and look ahead to our upcoming events for the end of August and first half of September.


School of Music: President’s Report Summer Highlights

Graduate student Dan Smith was awarded certification as an Associate of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO). He also won the AAGO prize for the highest overall score and the S. Lewis Elmer Award for the highest score at any level of AGO exam.

Dr. Christopher Smith gave the keynote address at the Baltimore Museum of Industry’s exhibit “Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond”, June 19th through 21st. He also presented, along with VMC Administrative Coordinator Abi Rhoades, the lecture-demonstration “One of the First Refinements of Polished Societies: Dance as Social Engineering in Regency England,” at the North American British Music Studies Association Conference, Las Vegas, July 2014.

Dr. John Gilbert, strings professor, performed a Faculty Artist Recital and Masterclass at the BRAVO! Summer String Institute in Minneapolis. He also held a Guest Artist Masterclass at the Italy Summer Music Festival in Pienza, Italy.

Quinn Patrick Ankrum, voice professor, co-presented a session at the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, titled "Singing Our History: A Representation of American History in American Song."

To read more highlights, click here.


Dancing at the Crossroads: Reprise Production

The TTU Vernacular Music Center (VMC), in conjunction with the Roots Music Institute (RMI), and Community Series, Inc., will be staging a reprise of their theatrical show “Dancing at the Crossroads: Magic, Myths, and Transformations” on September 6th at the Ida Green Communication Center of Austin College, in Sherman, Texas.

Conceived and written by Dr. Christopher J. Smith, “Dancing at the Crossroads” is an impressionistic, evocative, and engaging spectacle of live music and dance, celebrating the meetings and transformations between European and African cultures which are the deep roots of American popular music. Integrating music, solo and group dance, narration, solo song, projections, sets, and costuming, it draws upon a corps of energized and charismatic young individuals to tell the stories, both real and imagined, magical and mythical, dusk-to-dawn, that lie at the heart of the American expressive imagination.

The reprise production is being staged with the assistance of a grant from the Sybil B. Harrington Trust. Tickets can be purchased for $15 by calling 903.813.2037 or by clicking here.

For more information, please visit the show’s website.


Labor Day and Alumni Weekend

Monday, September 1st is Labor Day and an established university holiday. No classes will be held.

September 12th is a designated Alumni Weekend date, in conjunction with the TTU vs. Central Arkansas football game at 6:00 pm on Saturday, September 13th.

Please be reminded that the volume of both vehicular and foot traffic will be significantly higher than normal as we welcome returning Red Raiders and their families to campus. In particular, students should be reminded that access to SOM parking may be more limited than usual, especially on game day.

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