Fine Arts faculty and alumni contribute musical ofrendas for Día de Muertos

Monday, October 26, 2020
Ofrendas: Dormi by Page Stephens


Ofrendas: Dormi by Page Stephens


Several members of the College of Fine Arts community are participating in Ofrendas, a virtual event hosted by Austin Classical Guitar (ACG) in collaboration with Mexic-Arte Museum.

Ofrendas are traditionally alters created at home with objects displayed to honor deceased loved ones leading up to the Mexican Día de Muertos celebration on Nov. 1. In an artistic twist, Austin Classical Guitar commissioned works from 20 Austin-based artists, musicians, ensembles and young students to contribute video recordings of ofrendas for a virtual musical alter to honor their loved ones.

The videos have been compiled into a YouTube playlist, and they will be livestreamed in a virtual event on Oct. 29.

Participating members from the College of Fine Arts community include

  • Alumnus Brent Baldwin (M.M., Music, 2001)
  • Mela Sarajane Dailey (M.M., Music, 2003)
  • Thomas Echols (M.M. Music, 2003)
  • Arts and Entertainment Technologies Assistant Professor of Practice Yuliya Lanina
  • Butler School of Music D.M.A candidate Alan Retamozo (M.M., Music, 2019)
  • Cassie Shankman (B.A., Music, 2013)
  • Butler School of Music Assistant Director for Operations and D.M.A. candidate Page Stephens (M.M., Music, 2013)
  • Alumni Claudia Chapa and Arnold Yzaguirre
  • ACG Executive Director and College of Fine Arts Lecturer Matthew Hinsley (D.M.A., Music, 2003; M.M., Music, 1998)
  • ACG Director of Education Travis Marcum (Ph.D, Music and Human Learning, 2017; B.M., Music Studies, 2006)
  • ACG Artistic Director Joe Williams (D.M.A., Music, 2013)
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