UAB Music Tech Major Kevin Peek Wins 1st Place at Regional Kennedy Center Competition


Congratulations are in order to music technology major Kevin Peek for winning 1st Place in Region IV of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in the category of sound design.  Kevin, along with fellow UAB theater major Natalie Kinsaul, composed original music and sound effects for Bertolt Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle,” presented by Theatre UAB in October 2011. Both will go to the national KCACTF festival in Washington, D.C., in April. As a music tech major, Kevin is a member of the department’s Computer Music Ensemble and is a recipient of the Stevie Wonder Music Technology Scholarship, offered through the department.

UAB Gospel Choir Director's Song Gives Sixteenth Street's Smallest Victims a Voice

kevinturnerbhamnewsBIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- After Sept. 15, 1963, the four girls killed in the bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church were suspended in time and memory, never to grow up.

Kevin Turner, director of the UAB Gospel Choir, wanted to give them back their voice. He wrote a song imagining the girls as grown women, singing about what they might have become.


UAB Music Major Ralph Marion Loses Home In Devastating Tornado

Ralph_Marion_Tornado_and_Band_PhotosWhen UAB senior music major Ralph Marion went to bed on Sunday, January 22, 2012 he never imagined having to go through a devastating tornado that literally would rip his family's home from around them. Ralph, a former UAB drum major, parents Ronald and Bethanne, and brother Ryan were able to walk out of the basement of their three-level home miraculously without a scratch. Their home, however, including the cars, furniture, and clothing, didn’t fare as well.


Fall in Love with Jazz with UAB's Steve Robert's CD, Let's Fall In Love

Steve_Roberts_CD_Cover_Coompressed_LargeDo you love Jazz? Then you will fall in love with UAB Assistant Professor of Jazz, Steve Robert's recently released CD Let's Fall In Love with his group, The Roberts Jazz Project. Dr. Henry Panion, University Professor of Music, conducts a quick interview with Dr. Roberts to get us acquainted with the recording. (Go to the UAB Music eStore to purchase).


Iron Giant (UAB Alum and Student Percussion Quartet) Performs Ku-Ka-Ilimoku

What do you get when you combine four Birmingham musicians with a passion for percussion? An Iron Giant. Iron Giant Percussion was formed when students Sam Herman, Brett Huffman, Seth Noble and Justin Wallace collaborated. Brett and Seth recently graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in music. Justin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a Concentration in Music Technology. Sam is a senior Music Technology major. The UAB Department of Music presented them in concert at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center on January 17, 2012.

They first collaborated in 2010 for Seth Noble’s Young Performing Artist Program recital at UAB. They performed together again in spring 2011 for the Sanspointe Dance Company in Birmingham. As they prepared, talk of forming their own percussion quartet became more frequent, with the ultimate goal of performing an entire concert on their own.