Department of Music

  • “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.

  • Multicultural curriculum grants spark fresh perspectives in Arts and Sciences

    Dean Kecia Thomas, Ph.D., and four faculty explain how new and revised courses made possible by a new grant program will help students become better leaders, practitioners and citizens — and further UAB’s strategic goals.

  • Marching Blazers students picked to perform virtually with national Intercollegiate Marching Band on Jan. 11

    Joining in unity during a time when college marching bands have been forced to the sidelines, the IMB will keep the spirit alive by performing virtually together.

  • Legendary musician Greg Phillinganes will be a UAB Jemison Visiting Professor in 2021

    Phillinganes is considered throughout the music industry as among the most important musicians of the recording era, working with artists from Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder and Mick Jagger to Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and Bruno Mars.

  • Making music in The Magic City: UAB graduate made most of his time here

    From performing in the Marching Blazers and Department of Music ensembles to busking at Railroad Park, saxophonist Kevin Mooney has been busy while completing his degree.

  • Choirs from Wales and the University of Alabama at Birmingham unite virtually in song of hope

    Due to COVID-19, the UAB Gospel Choir did not get to visit Wales and the Urdd National Eisteddfod choir competition as planned, so they’re singing in Welsh for a virtual trans-Atlantic collaboration.

  • UAB engineering, music alumnus pens national prize-winning piano sonata

    Eric Mobley, a UAB engineering graduate who also studied music, won first prize in the 2020 National Federation of Music Clubs Composition Competition.

  • Winners of the 2020-2021 “Building a Multicultural Curriculum” grants

    Congratulations to the winning proposals for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    This fall, all tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-earning College of Arts and Sciences faculty were invited to submit proposals for a new grant titled, “Building a Multicultural Curriculum.” The goal of these awards is to support faculty in developing new courses or revising existing classes in order to expand the College’s offerings that will support students’ diversity awareness and build their multicultural competence.

    Congratulations to the winning proposals for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Dr. Erin Borry, Department of Political Science and Public Administration: “Isms in Public Administration”
    • Dr. Olivio J. Clay, Department of Psychology: “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Research and the Workplace”
    • Prof. Michele Forman, Department of History: “Our Histories: Documentary Film and Public History in Birmingham”
    • Dr. Reginald Jackson, Department of Music: “African American Music from 1619-Present”
    • Dr. Dione Moultrie King, Department of Social Work: “The Health and Well-being of Black Americans: A Social Work Approach”
    • Dr. Angela Lewis-Maddox, Department of Political Science and Public Administration: “Social Justice and Pop Culture”
    • Dr. Samiksha Raut, Department of Biology: “Building a Multicultural Curriculum”
    • Prof. Ana Maria Santiago, Department of English: “Themes in Lit with a Latina-o-x American Identity Focus”

  • Alabama Symphony Orchestra musicians perform virtual concerts for sickest COVID-19 patients at UAB Hospital

    Since June, six ASO musicians have performed 68 live, private, solo and virtual recitals for patients with respiratory failure due to COVID-19.

  • Watch UAB musicians perform chamber music in AEIVA art galleries Oct. 15

    Hear chamber music thoughtfully curated and performed by some of Alabama’s top musicians. The performances were prerecorded inside AEIVA galleries with minimal staff and strict adherence to UAB safety protocols.

  • Concert documentary “Dreams of Hope” produced and co-directed by Henry Panion III wins 13 Telly Awards

    The 41st annual Telly Awards awarded it the Gold Telly for Education and 12 Silver and Bronze awards for music, directing, editing, social impact, writing, cinematography and more.

  • Graduating music students keep the beat, announce grad school acceptance

    They missed out on their last recitals, but two piano students have announced their graduate school plans, and a drum major for the Marching Blazers has his pick of medical schools.

  • Pianist Kate Liu to perform March 29 for UAB Piano Series

    This event has been canceled. On the program for Liu’s Birmingham performance are Schumann’s Arabesque Op. 18, Schubert’s Six Musical Moments, Op. 94, and Brahms’ Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 5.

  • See Stefon Harris + Blackout in new Jazz Café Series at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center on March 26

    This event has been postponed. The performance will introduce the ASC’s Jazz Café format, with onstage seating and drinks. Space is limited; reserve tickets today.