Kasman and daughter to perform with North Carolina symphony

Yakov and Aleksandra Kasman sUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamProfessor of Piano Yakov Kasman, DMA, will perform with his daughter, Aleksandra, a UAB Honors freshman, with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina on Oct. 12.

The Kasmans will perform Camille Saint-Saens’ timeless “Carnival of the Animals.” The HSO will set the theme for the evening’s performance with Haydn’s Symphony No. 82 “The Bear” and Respighi’s charming aviary masterpiece “The Birds.” 


Works by Price at National Association of Composers USA Conference

william price sWorks by University of Alabama at Birmingham Assistant Professor of Music William Price, D.M.A., will be presented at the National Association of Composers USA Conference, Oct. 3-5, 2013.

Three electroacoustic compositions, “WOOSH,” “A Memory of Tomorrow 2.0” and “Spline,” were selected for inclusion in the conference. The event will feature works by composers from around the country. The conference will take place at the Howard Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La.


5 Things to Know: Music Technology Careers

bookBy Susannah Felts for UAB Magazine

Technological advances in the last 10 to 15 years have given everyone greater power to manipulate music, from professionals in state-of-the-art studios to kids with laptops. But when those kids come to campus with visions of music industry glitz in their eyes, they often need help figuring out how to turn their hobby into a career.

Now they can turn to Beyond Sound: The College and Career Guide in Music Technology, written by Scott L. Phillips, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the UAB Department of Music. (The book, published by Oxford University Press, is available at the UAB BookstoreAmazon.com, and many other outlets.)


UAB Music Students Jake Hemminger and Valencia Callens Win Awards

music_winner_webUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Music students Jake Preston Hemminger and Valencia Callens earned honors and awards in March. Hemminger, a junior from Montgomery, was recognized as one of five students from Alabama to receive a full scholarship at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference in Dallas, Texas, March 13-16, 2013. Hemminger was chosen from a large number of qualified applicants from throughout the state based on his outstanding student record, credentials and letters of reference.


Panion to Receive Social Justice Award

henry_panion_storyUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Professor Henry Panion III, Ph.D., will receive the 34th annual Drum Major for Justice Award by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now (WOMEN) Inc. in Atlanta, Ga.

The SCLC/WOMEN award ceremony recognizes strong global present-day “Drum Majors” who carry on the philosophy, vision and mission of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and advance the social justice cause in their respective fields. The awards ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.

Panion, an award-winning producer, composer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor, is a professor of music in the UAB Department of Music. He has worked with a venerable list of artists, including superstar Stevie Wonder, gospel star Kirk Franklin, vocal sensation Chaka Khan and American Idol winner Ruben Studdard, as well as more than 50 different orchestras throughout the world. Those include England’s Royal Philharmonic, Russia’s Bolshoi Theater Orchestra, Japan’s Tokyo Philharmonic and America’s National Symphony Orchestra.