Donald Hale selected as the lone Finalist Honorable Mention for the 2022 American Prize in Conducting

Wednesday, June 22, 2022   |  The American Prize

Hale's (B.M., Composition, 2019) qualifying performance was of Joel Puckett's flute concerto "The Shadow of Sirius" in collaboration with the Texas Christian University Wind Symphony and Dr. Shauna Thompson, professor of flute. Hale currently serves as Director of Orchestras and Assistant Director of Bands at Lamar High School in Houston, Texas. 

"The Fantasticks" creator Tom Jones rewrites classic musical as gay love story

Thursday, June 16, 2022   |  Playbill

Jones (B.F.A., Theatrical Design, 1949) and Harvey Schmidt's The Fantasticks tells an allegorical story loosely based on Edmund Rostand's 1894 play The Romancers (Les Romanesques), concerning two neighboring parents who trick their children into falling in love by pretending to feud. The LGBTQIA+ focused rewrite features two young gay men, Matt and Lewis, at the center of the story, instead of a young man and woman (the original characters were Matt and Luisa).

Alumni Guinevere "Gwenny" Govea workshops new musical at Pegasus PlayLab

Thursday, June 16, 2022   |  UT Theatre and Dance

Govea (B.A. in Theatre and Dance and Bachelor of Journalism, 2021) and Anna Pickett (B.S. in Youth and Community Studies, 2021) workshopped their new musical Spells of the Sea at Pegasus PlayLab at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Natacha Poggio earns Fulbright Scholar Award

Monday, May 23, 2022   |  University of Houston Downtown

With her Fulbright, Poggio (M.F.A., Design, 2006) will head to Guayaquil, Ecuador — a port city known as a gateway to the Galapagos Islands — where she will be working with students at the Universidad de las Artes. Her dream is to empower students and community members to become informed environmental advocates.

Lydia Villarreal found Mariachi Orgullo, the first mariachi program in Richardson ISD

Monday, May 23, 2022   |  Twitter

Villarreal (B.M., Music and Human Learning, 2016; M.M., Music Education, 2018), Orchestra Director at Berkner High School in Richardson, TX, started planning the program in the fall of 2021 and began the program in Spring 2022. During this first semester, Mariachi Orgullo received a first division rating at the Grand Prairie Mariachi Festival and has performed at various events in the community. The incredible interest from students and the success of Mariachi Orgullo has led mariachi to be offered as a class for the 2022-2023 school year.

Lance Letscher presents his work "Bird & Fishes" at Stephen L. Clark Gallery

Thursday, May 12, 2022   |  Sightlines Magazine

Letscher (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1985; M.F.A., Studio Art, 1989) is much regarded for his meticulously constructed collages. He sources material from a range of antique papers, discarded notebooks, magazines, photographs, schoolbooks, vintage technical publications, postcards, and record covers

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