Alumni News

Butter Music and Sound signs composer Jocelyn Chambers

Tuesday, September 14, 2021   |  Shoot Online

Recipient of the 2021-2023 NBCUniversal Composer Diversity Initiative, Chambers (B.M., Music Theory, 2017) has had a dynamic career as a self-titled “composer-creative” entrepreneur. She is the owner of Sweets by Jocelyn, a baking business she started at six years old; author of “The Era of Mixed Feelings,” a collection of curated stories about adolescent experiences and struggles; founder of the online magazine “Majesty Mag”; and host of “The I Am Loved” podcast, which discusses love and self-love.

Megan Pachecano releases album on the BMOP/sound label "The Chronicle of Nine: The Tragedy of Queen Jane" by Arnold Rosner

Tuesday, September 14, 2021   |  Musical America

"The Chronicle of Nine: The Tragedy of Queen Jane" is a joint project with Odyssey Opera and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Pachecano (B.M., Voice and Opera, 2006) sings the title character of Lady Jane Grey, a role she also performed in the World Premiere on February 1, 2020 at Jordan Hall in Boston, MA. She also made a house and role debut as the title character in Chicago Opera Theater's live-streamed production of Daniel Catán's "La Hija de Rappaccini" in April 2021. Opera News said of the performance, "Megan Pachecano boasted an ample, shimmering lyric soprano as Beatriz."

Andrea Ramos

Andrea Ramos records album with pianist Masaru Sakuma

Tuesday, September 14, 2021   |  Musica Selecta

Ramos' (M.M., Voice and Opera, 2013) album will feature two song cycles "Tres Poemas de Alfaro" and "País de Sombra" by Bolivian composer Jaime Mendoza-Nava. The CD is expected to be released by the end of the year. Ramos has been serving as the Associate Director for Music for the Diocese of Austin since 2013. In January 2021, she was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. 

Jeremy Kisling featured in an article by the Lexington Herald Leader

Monday, August 9, 2021   |  Lexington Herald Leader

Kisling (M.F.A., Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities, 2001) recently took over as the producing artistic director for the Lexington Children's Theatre. In the article, he discusses transition into this leadership role over the last year, LCT's plans for the upcoming season and how they continued to present work for their young audiences during the pandemic.

Lydia Street Gallery presents Steven Bernard Jones: "Zero to Sixty" reception

Friday, August 6, 2021

Jones' (M.F.A, Studio Art, 1990) exhibit will be from Friday, August 6th through Thursday, September 16, 2021. The reception will be Friday, August 27th, 6-9 p.m., where Jones will be in attendance.

Dr. Amelia Kraehe has been appointed the inaugural Associate Vice President of Equity in the Arts for Arizona Arts at the University of Arizona

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Beginning Aug. 2, Kraehe (M.A., Art Education, 2007) will partner with Arizona Arts leadership to promote transparency and coordination around the division’s equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives, leading effective strategic planning with collective goal setting.

The Bartlett Project: Glasstire interview with artist Emmy Laursen

Tuesday, July 27, 2021   |  Glasstire

Thw Bartlett Project would require artists who could work collaboratively, would respect the existing communities and stories of the town, and could navigate their practice within the complications of the pandemic lock downs. Laursen (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2015) was that person, and as an artist, she welcomed the challenges that flexibility required.

Daniel Fears

Daniel Fears was named KUTX Artist of the Month

Thursday, July 15, 2021   |  KUTX

Following the release of Fears' (B.M., Music Performance, 2013) powerful new six-song EP, "Canopy," Jeff McCord from KUTX called it "intimate, intense and sublime." 

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