Department of Music

  • The Joe and Mary Ann Cromeans Foundation provides scholarships to music and theatre students

    The foundation aims to advance the field of medicine and broaden the arts by providing scholarships to qualifying juniors and seniors at universities in the South.

    In March 2021, the Joe and Mary Ann Cromeans Foundation provided a generous donation to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Both the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing received a portion of the gift to provide scholarships to juniors and seniors.

    The Joe and Mary Ann Cromeans Foundation is located in Orange Beach, Alabama. The foundation aims to advance the field of medicine and broaden the arts by providing scholarships to qualifying juniors and seniors at universities in the South.

    In the College of Arts and Sciences, both the departments of Theatre and Music awarded scholarships to a total of nine students for academic year 2021-2022. Five students in the Department of Music received scholarships, and four students in the Department of Theatre received scholarships.

    Rachel Thomas, a music education major and scholarship recipient, aspires to become an elementary music teacher after graduation. “This would not be possible without the funding of the Joe and Mary Ann Cromeans Scholarship,” said Thomas. “This scholarship has helped me continue my learning experience and will be a great help in achieving my goal of becoming a teacher.”

    Nina Ballon, a senior majoring in musical theatre and scholarship recipient, will graduate in Spring 2022. During her tenure at UAB, she has focused on developing her talent as a performer—at the same time, she has developed technical theatre skills too. “It’s good to know or be familiar with all of the other aspects of the theatre world and not limit myself to just performing on stage,” said Ballon. “This scholarship helps me not only achieve my goals but also have the freedom to create goals that I probably wouldn’t have even thought about if I were anywhere else.”

    Clearly, The Joe and Mary Ann Cromeans Foundation is fulfilling its mission by investing in students who will further broaden and advocate for the arts in Alabama and beyod.

  • Performances by the UAB Department of Music announced for winter/spring 2022

    Highlights include UAB Piano Series performances by Marina Lomazov and Kenny Broberg, Chamber Music @ AEIVA, the third annual PRISM concert, and more.

  • UAB music students secured top positions in the state’s young artists piano competition

    UAB students continue the legacy of competing in the Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artist Piano competition.

  • Enjoy the start of the holiday season Nov. 30 at “Christmas at the Alys,” presented by UAB Music

    Enjoy the sounds of the holiday season with UAB choral ensembles and high school choirs from the Greater Birmingham area on Nov. 30 at “Christmas at the Alys.”a

  • Raise money for UAB student scholarships with Uncork Education on Nov. 7

    Enjoy dinner from Perry’s Steakhouse and Department of Music performances. Last year, the UAB National Alumni Society raised nearly $50,000 during its first-ever virtual Uncork Education.

  • UAB piano instructor Tatiana Kasman inducted to Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame

    Kasman is one of 44 piano music educators who were selected, and her name is now displayed on the commemorative wall at the Steinway & Sons factory.

  • See performances in-person this fall from the UAB Department of Music

    The College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Music will present a full season of concerts with in-person audiences for the first time since March of 2020.

  • UAB Piano Series returns for 2021-22 with Asiya Korepanova on Oct. 10

    The UAB Piano Series will present Asiya Korepanova on Oct. 10, Marina Lomazov on Jan. 23, 2022, and Kenny Broberg on March 27, 2022.

  • All-women drum major team leads 2021 UAB Marching Blazers

    Janna Mann, Anna Wilkes and Avery Williams are the UAB Marching Blazers’ first three person, all-women drum major team.

  • Free arts events this fall from UAB’s ArtPlay, AEIVA, Arts in Medicine

    Free, fun activities from UAB’s arts organizations will feature both virtual and in-person events, from lunch and learns to family days, dance performance, spoken word and coloring nights.

  • See “Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration” exhibition

    UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts will host “Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” exploring the work of imprisoned artists and the centrality of incarceration to contemporary art and culture, on view from Sept. 17-Dec. 11.

  • UAB, Miles College to form Birmingham student ensemble focused on the music of Motown

    Legendary musician Greg Phillinganes and UAB’s Reginald Jackson will lead the student ensemble and work with UAB University Professor Henry Panion III, Ph.D., who is artistic director of the 2022 World Games.

  • UAB Marching Blazers Drumline clinic for high school drumline members is Aug. 28

    The “Chop Shop” is for students on snare, tenors or bass drum. The one-day clinic will feature a full day of technique building, including a session with the 2021 UAB Drumline.

  • “Dreams of Hope” honored with two wins at 2021 Southeast EMMY Awards

    The UAB Department of Music’s Henry Panion III, Ph.D., and Recording Engineer James Bevelle won for their work on the concert documentary that tells the story of a historic performance at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • June 14-18, UAB Department of Music hosts band camp for junior high and high school students

    The nonresidential camp will offer area students a comprehensive musical experience right here in the Magic City. Applications will be accepted until May 28. Camp tuition is $350.

  • Panion named to Bob Moog Foundation Board of Directors

    The foundation welcomed Henry Panion III, Ph.D., “prolific producer, composer, arranger, conductor, orchestrator, and lauded professor of music technology and music theory” to its board in an announcement March 15.

  • Chamber Music @ AEIVA will stream live music from the AEIVA galleries March 18

    This Chamber Music @ AEIVA performance will feature a live video broadcast from the AEIVA galleries. This is a one-night-only performance with no re-broadcasting.

  • Honoring the Founding Director of UAB Gospel Choir

    The College of Arts and Sciences and UAB community are heartbroken that our beloved Department of Music Professor and the Founding Director of the UAB Gospel Choir Kevin P. Turner died on Monday, March 1, 2021, after an extended illness.

    The College of Arts and Sciences and UAB community are heartbroken that our beloved Department of Music Professor and the Founding Director of the UAB Gospel Choir Kevin P. Turner died on Monday, March 1, 2021, after an extended illness.

    During his extraordinary life and career, Turner was an accomplished songwriter, organist, pianist, gospel singer, choir director, minister of music and educator. He directed the UAB Gospel Choir for more than 22 years and established it as one of the first in the country to be offered and sanctioned by college music departments within the music program for college credit. Turner also taught courses for UAB’s African American Studies Program and served as senior pastor at Holy Harvest Ministries.

    Turner was also a suffragan bishop in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World denomination, and graduated summa cum laude from Andersonville Theological Seminary. For his outstanding contributions to church music and worship, he was awarded an honoris causa Doctorate in Divinity degree from St. Thomas Christian University. He worked for the American Red Cross for seven years, was a loaned executive for United Way of Central Alabama annual fundraising campaigns, participated in the music ministries at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church, the Alabama District Council of Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Sixth Avenue Baptist Church and Faith Apostolic Church. 

    “Kevin's life and his work was sharing his love of music and his love of God with young people, and with all who had ears to hear, and we are grateful for the legacy he built in the UAB Department of Music and the wider university,” said Department of Music Chair Patrick Evans, D.M.

    During his time with UAB’s Department of Music, Turner reached thousands of students and brought significant attention and acclaim to the UAB Gospel Choir. Through Turner’s passionate efforts, the UAB Gospel Choir performed countless concerts and produced and recorded albums that were featured both on the radio and in music stores. As a result, the UAB Gospel Choir reached audiences across the globe.

    Turner helped develop a powerhouse strategy of turning out above-average student talent and presenting sold-out concerts. Under Turner’s direction the UAB Gospel Choir performed live from campus to 5 million viewers on NBC’s The Today Show; created songs that reached No. 1 on and XM Satellite radio; and proudly represented UAB locally, nationally and with self-funded international tours. During UAB's 40th anniversary, the UAB Gospel Choir was included as one of 40 UAB breakthroughs. Turner retired in 2017.

    “UAB, the City of Birmingham, the State of Alabama, this country and the world will forever be blessed by the legacy left by Kevin P. Turner,” said University Professor of Music Henry Panion III, Ph.D.

    Our hearts are with Turner’s family and loved ones.

    The UAB Department of Music encourages people to celebrate Turner’s life and work by listening to a collection of recordings titled “Legacy.” The recordings can be found here.

    Also, WVTM 13 produced a wonderful tribute video about Turner. The piece features performances from Turner and the UAB Gospel Choir, as well as a heartfelt reflection from a former student and choir member Steven Wilson.

    In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests any memorial gifts be made to the Kevin Turner Gospel Choir Scholarship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Gifts can be mailed to UAB Gift Records, AB 1230, 1720 2nd Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35294-0112, call 205-934-7242 or online at

  • New free arts and music events from UAB announced for 2021

    UAB’s Alys Stephens Center will present free concerts by Eric Essix and Tracy Hamlin, DeQn Sue, Red Baraat, Stefon Harris + Blackout and Rollin’ In The Hay. Blues legend Keb’ Mo’ will perform a live-stream concert May 13; tickets are $20 per device.

  • UAB music student wins first prize at Gulf Coast Steinway Society Piano Competition

    Dina Kasman performed works by Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff to win the Upper College Solo division.