Alumni News

School of Music Alum Performed in Inauguration Ceremony

University of Alabama School of Music alum and clarinetist Staff Sgt. Harrison Burks performed in the inauguration yesterday in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. The band provided music for the swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol while seated directly beneath the inaugural platform. The band performed “Hail to the Chief” to honor President

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Shayna Tayloe (MM ’17)

Congratulations to Dr. Shayna Tayloe (MM Vocal Performance ’17)! Back in August, Tayloe accepted the position of Lecturer of Voice and Lyric Diction at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Alumni Spotlight: Jamie Balter (MM ’20)

Congratulations to Jamie Balter (MM Vocal Performance ’20). Starting this spring semester, she will be an Adjunct Voice Instructor at Carroll Community College in Maryland. We love to hear from our former students. Complete the form to let us know what you’ve been up too.

Salvation is Created – In Memory of Jim Duren

The University of Alabama School of Music mourns the loss of one of our most revered graduates, Jim Duren, class of 1973. In celebration of his life, please enjoy this tribute from the UA Trombone Studio. The Oak Mountain High School Band Facebook account shared this about him. “Mr. Duren was the founding band director

Alumni Spotlight: Two UA Flute Performance Grads Featured in National Flute Association Summer Series

Congratulations to Kim Scott and Akilah Bryant Kidd who both appeared recently as panelists and featured soloists for the National Flute Association Summer Series. The panel discussion was titled “Let’s Talk: Join Black flutists for a live conversation concerning systemic racism, allyship, and the flute community.” Both graduated from UA with a BM in Flute

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Whitney O’Neal Promoted to Assistant Chair in Music at UNA

Congratulations to Dr. Whitney O’Neal on being promoted to Assistant Chair in Music at the University of North Alabama! O’Neal is currently Assistant Professor of Flute at UNA and principal flute of the Shoals Symphony. She earned her M.M. and D.M.A degrees in Flute Performance with a secondary emphasis in musicology from the University of

UA School of Music Establishes “IDEA” Committee

Professor and Director, Skip Snead, has established a new standing committee that will exist (ongoing) in our School of Music. It is named the “IDEA” committee; the “Inclusion”, “Diversity”, “Equity”, and “Access” committee. This committee will have an open charge to discuss, assess, and take action as they see necessary in order to ensure that

Alumni News: Dr. Jonathan Ledger Publishes “Menotti’s The Unicorn, The Gorgon and the Manticore – A Study in Artistic Integrity and Sexual Identity”

Dr. Jonathan Ledger (DMA Choral Conducting ’15) is an Assistant Professor of Music & Choral Director at University of the Ozarks, a private liberal arts university in Arkansas. His first peer-reviewed article, titled “Menotti’s The Unicorn, The Gorgon and the Manticore – A Study in Artistic Integrity and Sexual Identity,” appeared in the May 2020 issue

#AlumniSpotlight: Tyler Jones Made His Carnegie Hall Debut

Tyler Jones (B.M. Music Theory, 2016; M.M. Composition, 2019) made his Carnegie Hall debut on February 2, 2020. Tyler’s composition “Reflections.” was performed by the Carnegie Honors Performance Series Concert Band, a group comprising top high school wind and percussion players from around the world. UA Director of Bands, Dr. Ken Ozzello, conducted the performance.

Alumni Spotlight: Jill Pocius (BM, Music Therapy, 2017)

“I am working in Dallas, Texas as a board certified music therapist at Children’s Health. I am humbled every day to walk alongside these children and families as they navigate illness, loss and healing. Being able to use music to help kids express themselves, cope better and get stronger is such a privilege! I’m forever