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UALR Students are big winners at NATS 2015

They did a wonderful job.

Updated 3.4.2015

Congratulations to five recent UALR Music Department graduates and UALR graduate students, for the following successes in their careers:

Satia Spencer (recent graduate) is beginning her teaching career as the new music teacher at Franklin Elementary School in Little Rock;

Rachel Whittenburg (recent graduate) has been busy making lesson plans and collaborating with her new colleagues; Rachel is the new music teacher at Lonoke Elementary School;

LaSheena Gordon (recent graduate and current graduate student) will be the new music teacher at Dunbar Magnet Middle School;

Laleata Westbrook (graduate student) has accepted a position teaching elementary music for the Pulaski County Special School District; and

Matthew Robinson (Music Department alumnus) has been hired as the choral director for the new Forest Heights S.T.E.M. Academy.

Updated 9.9.2014

Congratulations to Music Department faculty member Meredith Maddox Hicks (violin), who has had a busy summer!

She taught Suzuki violin at the Wildwood Academy of Music and the Arts (WAMA) in Little Rock in July, and was also on the faculty of the Adult Chamber Music Camp held in July at the Unitarian Universalist Church, also in Little Rock. She gave recitals at both with works by Tchaikovsky, DeBeriot and Mozart. Congratulations Meredith!

Updated 9.9.2014

Congratulations to Music Department voice major Micheal Lowe!

He has been chosen for the role of the Bonze in Opera Louisiana’s production of Madame Butterfly, in March 2015; for a role in the Arkansas Repertory Theater production of Wait Until Dark, to be presented this October and November; and for a role in the Montpelier, Vermont Lost Nation Theater production of Blues in the Night, a musical that ran this past July. Congratulations Micheal!

Updated 9.9.2014

Congratulations to Music Department alumna (’13) Jessica Ferring (Williams)

She is now in her second and final year in the M.M. program at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey. A choir of which she is a member, the Westminster Symphonic Choir, was just nominated for an Emmy for its performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, at Princeton University. Congrats Jessica!

Updated 9.9.2014

UALR Singers score big. Six singers from UALR were state-wide ranked finalists at the annual Arkansas Chapter National Association of Teachers of Singing convention, held at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, February 22–23

14 March 2013—Six singers from UALR were state-wide ranked finalists at the annual Arkansas Chapter National Association of Teachers of Singing convention, held at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, February 22–23. The annual gathering provides students an opportunity to compete for state ranking in their classes, based on age and years of study, and for scholarships. In addition to the winners, who were Memory Apata, Erica Finnie, Derrick Herman, Rachel Manasco, LaLeata Westbrook and Kelly Singer, seven singers were semi-finalists: Jimmy Albrecht, Jeremy Couch, Kevin Ezell, Micheal Lowe, Daniel Morris, Shay Watson, and Jessica Williams.

For additional information, please contact the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of Music, (501) 569 3294

Updated 3.18.2013

UALR Audition Day coming up November 29, 2012

The Vocal/Instrumental placement and Scholarship audition date is Thursday, November 29, 2012. Additional dates are Thursday, February 7, 2013 and Thursday, April 4, 2013.

To obtain an audition time you must contact Dr. Andy Wen at to verify your participation. You may also contact the main music office at 501-569-3294.

For information please go to our Auditions Webpage

Updated 10.16.2012

See how Professor Linda Holzer uses the iPad in performance

Linda Holzer Faculty Recital

UALR Music Professor Linda Holzer performs pieces from Manuel Ponce, Claude Debussy and Frederic Chopin as well as the world premiere of a suite for piano, Ritual Meditations composed by Scott Robbins. Another first for this performance is Linda’s use of the I-pad. She discusses about how she used digital technology in her concert.

Updated 10.16.2012

UALR Choral Groups presents Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem

Brahms German RequimThe UALR Community Chorus opens its 2011 – 2012 season on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church in west Little Rock with a performance of Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms. The requiem will be performed in the original German with English translations for each movement provided in the program. The concert also features the UALR Concert Choir presenting Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Both choirs will be accompanied by an orchestra of local professional players; Dr. Bevan Keating, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at UALR, will conduct.

General admission is $10. Tickets can be reserved through the UALR Music Department box office by phone at (501) 569-8993 or online at UALR students, faculty, and staff are entitled to one free ticket, but must present a valid university ID when picking up the ticket in Room 151 in the Fine Arts Building. Faculty, staff, and students may reserve a free ticket by calling (501) 569-3294.

Ein Deutsches Requiem was Brahms’s first great orchestral success. He started work on it in his mid-20s and completed it in 1868, when he was 35. This requiem is particularly notable because Brahms ignored the traditional Roman Catholic Latin texts and instead based his composition on his own selection of texts drawn from the Lutheran Bible, published in the German vernacular. The result is a work of extraordinary beauty that focuses more on comforting those still on earth and celebrating the legacies of the departed than on the fine points of salvation or the final judgment of souls.

Serenade to Music was written by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1938. The text is adapted from Act V, Scene 1 of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Although the piece was originally composed for sixteen soloists, the performance on Nov. 17 will be staged by the 40-voice UALR Concert Choir, an auditioned choir made up of UALR students, faculty, and staff members from a wide range of academic disciplines.

The UALR Community Chorus will continue its season in early April 2012 with a performance of the second and third parts of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. The UALR Community Chorus is a non-auditioned choir comprised of nearly 100 voices drawn from community members throughout central Arkansas. The chorus welcomes new singers regardless of prior musical experience. Prospective new singers are particularly encouraged to join the ensemble in January 2012, when rehearsals for Messiah begin.

For more information about the UALR Community Chorus or the UALR Concert Choir, contact Bevan Keating at (501) 569-3499 or or Karen Kuralt at (501) 569-8334 or

Updated 11.7.2011

UALR Opera Theatre presents Hansel & Gretel

Where can you find mischievous children, fairies, and witches all in the same place? At Stella Boyle Smith Recital Hall Oct 28, 29, and 30, during the UALR Opera Theater’s production of HANSEL AND GRETEL by Englebert Humperdinck. Based on the beloved Grimm Fairy tale, the opera, HANSEL AND GRETEL, is the story of a brother and sister who set out to find strawberries in the woods, but encounter much more. Their musical journey through the woods comes alive with all sorts of magical creatures, including an encounter with a horrible witch. This witch is not your everyday witch, for she is more clever and charming than most. You will have to see her to believe it! Our tale is set in 1920’s Arkansas, and despite the hard times, the tricks, and the magic played on them by the cunning witch, Hansel and Gretel triumph in the end. We invite you to come and see how these two brave children outsmart the evil witch in our magical production of HANSEL AND GRETEL.

For General admission tickets go to or call 569-8993

For student, faculty and staff tickets go to the UALR Music Department Office room 151 in the Fine Arts Building

Hansel & Gretel Poster

Updated 9.23.2011
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