UAB Jazz Ensemble and Music Tech Major Micah Braxton Winners at Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Festival

Micah_Steve_TrophiesCongratulation are in order as The UAB Jazz Ensemble takes the first place award (Band of Distinction) at the 2012 Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Student Jazz Band Festival. The annual competition is held in Birmingham, AL at the historic Carver District, which serves as home of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. The UAB jazz program is headed by Dr. Steve Roberts. UAB music technology major Micah Braxton  won the Outstanding Soloist award for his performance on drums with the UAB Jazz Combo and the UAB Jazz Ensemble. Held annually, the competition included college jazz programs from throughout the state of Alabama and Mississippi.

Yakov Kasman 2012 Recipient of the Ireland Award

Yakov Kasman has been named recipient of the 2012 Ireland Award for Scholarly Distinction.  “Yakov emulates everything this prize was created to celebrate,” says Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, Thomas M. DiLorenzo.  “The level of prestige and honor he brings to the Department of Music, the College, and UAB is priceless.”

UAB presents the award annually to a full-time faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences for professional and academic achievements and contributions to the university and local community. The prize, made possible by the Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Endowment for Scholarly Distinction, comes with $5,000 cash and a Steuben crystal engraved award.


Yakov Kasman on Jury for Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy

UAB Professor of Piano Yakov Kasman, D.M.A., has been invited to be a member of the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition juryin Bolzano, Italy. The competition for young pianists is considered one of the world’s top music competitions.
Kasman will represent the United States and Russia as one of the seven-member jury for the competition’s preliminary, happening Aug. 22-31, 2012.


UAB Students Win at Annual NATS Competition

Five UAB singers, all students of Dr. Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, recently took several prizes at the Alabama NATS competition in Huntsville: Charles Daniel: 2nd place, senior men (right); Shane Bloemetjie: 2nd place, junior men (center); Jake Hemminger: 2nd place, sophomore men (left); Jake Hemminger: 2nd place, sophomore musical theatre men; Valencia Callens: semi-finalist, sophomore women; Mary Katherine Whatley: semi-finalist, sophomore women.


Songs of England, Austria, France, and Russia featured in Concert by UAB's Paul Mosteller, baritone, and Yakov Kasman, piano

paulandyakovPaul Mosteller, baritone, and Yakov Kasman, pianist, perform a concert of songs from England, Austria, France, and Russia on Tuesday evening, February 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Reynolds-Kirschbaum Recital Hall. This free concert is part of the UAB Department of Music Faculty Recital series. The concert begins with three songs by 17th-century English composer Henry Purcell, organist of Westminster Abbey for most of his career. This is followed by seven of Franz Schubert's last songs: the Ludwig Rellstab poems from the composer's "Swan Song." Francis Poulenc, one of Les Six of 1920s Paris, provides his reflections on wartime Europe in a lesser known work with poetry by Guillaume Apollinaire. The concert concludes with beautiful melodies of Piotr Tchaikovsky and rousing settings of Pushkin poetry by twentieth-century composer Georgy Sviridov. Come and enjoy!