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The Texas Tech Twirlers were named the USA National College Half-Time Twirl Champions. They competed on July 25 at Notre Dame University. "Congratulation to the twirlers, and thanks to all those who supported them," said Lawrence Schovanec, Provost and Senior Vice President.


Texas Tech University's premier saxophone quartet won a gold medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition at Notre Dame University in May. Read more...


The University Choir, under the direction of Richard Bjella, has been accepted to perform at the 2016 Texas Music Educators Association convention.


The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Eric Allen, was accepted to perform at the CBDNA regional conference at Colorado State University during spring break.


Dr. John Hollins served as chorus master, coach, and pianist for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra's and Lubbock Chorale's performances of George Bizet's opera Carmen in May; and served as Music Director and conductor for Lubbock Moonlight Musicals' performances of Mary Poppins.


Dr. Hollins will serve as Music Director and conductor for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's upcoming production of Man of La Mancha in June.


Richard Bjella, Director of Choral Studies, was the conductor for Mozart VESPERS at Carnegie Hall on April 13.


Richard Bjella, Director of Choral Studies, was a guest speaker and clinician at the Conferencia internacional in Medellin, Colombia in May.


Richard Bjella, Director of Choral Studies, was the conductor of the San Antonio Chamber Choir's performance DRUMBEAT OF VACATION in May.


William Westney, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Music, was the guest soloist with the Jackson (Michigan) Symphony Orchestra on May 3, performing Maurice Ravel's "Piano Concerto for the Left Hand."


David Forrest, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, was awarded a 2015 Spotlight Award from The Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center.  This annual award features faculty members nominated by the TLPDC staff and highlights individuals for their "above and beyond" efforts to connect with and engage students, and for their service to the TLPDC.


Dr Christopher J. Smith, Professor and Chair of Musicology, led the 9th annual iteration of the field trip for his course "Music, Folklore, and Tradition in Irish Cultural History," leading a party of 9 on a study abroad tour of Clare, Galway, Aran, and Mayo.