Department of Music

  • Newlyweds to graduate from UAB together with master’s degrees Dec. 13

    Shakima Knox and Steven D. Wilson have made the most of their time on campus: They met at UAB, married on Homecoming Saturday, earned their graduate degrees and will walk together on Saturday.

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  • Getting the Band Back Together

    Charter members of the Marching Blazers share 25th-anniversary memories
    By Brett Bralley • Header photo courtesy of UAB Archives

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  • Hear holiday favorites Dec. 3 when UAB Music presents “Christmas at the Alys”

    Started in 2001, this festive concert has welcomed thousands of young choral singers from schools throughout the Birmingham community to perform together with UAB choirs.

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  • Try this new online toolkit to guide your student’s research

    The seven-module CAS Research Sources and Skills Toolkit focuses on efficient research strategies, evaluation of source material, appropriate techniques for documenting source material and more.

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  • UAB Opera presents “The Music Shop” on Nov. 15-16

    This fast-paced, tuneful 45-minute comedy for all ages features a cast of music and theater students, an alumni artist and a guest artist with chamber orchestra.

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  • UAB Homecoming “Celebrating 50 Years” is Oct. 13-19

    The week includes the famed Gurney Derby, Hoops at the Hill, a free, sold-out Weezer concert, UAB Football vs. Old Dominion University and more.

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  • UAB Piano Series presents Asiya Korepanova on Oct. 22

    The UAB Piano Series brings the world’s finest pianists to Birmingham and is directed by UAB Distinguished Professor of Piano Yakov Kasman, a Van Cliburn medalist.

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  • Lecture series bring CAS faculty research into the spotlight

    The monthly Haddin Forum provides a venue for arts and sciences faculty a venue to talk about their research.

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  • New season of UAB Music performances for fall 2019 just announced

    The UAB Department of Music this fall will present “Chamber Music @ AEIVA,” pianist Asiya Korepanova, Amicitia Duo, “Arias and Art Songs,” and more.

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  • UAB Marching Blazers get ready for 25th season with three new shows

    The shows include an Alabama Bicentennial tribute with music from Alabama Shakes and Sam Hunt, the Marching Blazers’ original 1994 show, and the music of Elton John and Billy Joel.

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  • See artists in every venue, free, at EMERGE FEST at UAB, Sept. 13-14

    Artists including Tank and the Bangas, Alabama Ballet, Chamber Music @ AEIVA, The Brook & The Bluff, and more will perform in every venue at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center and AEIVA.

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  • Hurst-Wajszczuk named first associate dean of UAB Honors College

    Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, DMA, associate professor of voice and director of Opera in the College of Arts and Sciences, will be the first to hold the role of associate dean of the UAB Honors College.

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  • Hurst-Wajszczuk named new associate dean of Honors College

    Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, DMA, associate professor of voice and director of opera in the College of Arts and Sciences, will be the first to hold this role.

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  • Hurst-Wajszczuk named new associate dean of UAB Honors College

    As Associate Dean, Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk will help lead the teaching and engagement mission of the UAB Honors College and facilitate the recruitment and academic success of a diverse student body.

    Shannon L. Blanton, Ph.D., Dean of the UAB Honors College, announced today that after a university-wide search Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, DMA, will be the new Associate Dean of the college. Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk is an Associate Professor of Voice, and Director of Opera, in the Department of Music in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    As Associate Dean, Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk will help lead the teaching and engagement mission of the UAB Honors College and facilitate the recruitment and academic success of a diverse student body. She will contribute to the intellectual life of the Honors College and the University as an active faculty member, continuing to teach and engage in scholarly activity through the Department of Music.

    Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk received both Bachelor of Music in voice performance and a Master in Music in voice performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in 1991 and 1994, respectively. She went on to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in voice performance and pedagogy.

    As a soprano, Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk is a specialist in the lute songs of John Dowland, and her solo CD of lute songs was released in 2008 by Centaur. In 2018, she gave the world, European, and Canadian premieres of Lori Laitman’s The Secret Exit, composed for her and clarinetist Denise Gainey. A CD is under negotiation and is forthcoming. She debuted with the Boulder Bach Festival in 2004, Alabama Symphony in 2011, and the Tuscaloosa Symphony in 2016. In demand as a clinician throughout the United States and Europe, she has been featured at several national and international conferences and presents regularly at many universities and colleges. She teaches applied voice to music majors, minors, and musical theater majors, and has served as stage director and musical director for UAB Opera, which has won three awards through the National Opera Association under her direction. She began serving as Coordinator of Voice in 2018, previously has taught honors courses with the Honors College, and served as a 2018-2019 Honors Faculty Fellow.

    “I am delighted that Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk is joining our leadership team as the first associate dean for the UAB Honors College,” says Dean Shannon Blanton. “She has already made important contributions to Honors education as both a professor of honors courses and as an Honors Faculty Fellow. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching, as well as her compassion, thoughtfulness, and organizational skills, will be a true asset for the Honors College as we continue to support a rapidly growing number of outstanding students in their journey to achieve their academic and leadership goals.”

    Dr. Patrick Evans, Chair of the Department of Music, notes that Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk "brings a great deal of artistic, pedagogical, and administrative experience to the role, as well as those qualities of heart and mind that make her such a student-centered professor. We are grateful she will still be teaching some voice students in the Department of Music during her tenure as Associate Dean, and look forward to supporting her in this new and exciting role in every way we can."

    “My teaching in the Honors College, its University Honors Program, and as an Honors Faculty Fellow has been deeply gratifying and has informed my work in the Department of Music,” says Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk. “I’m looking forward to working with Dean Blanton and my colleagues in the Honors College, and am excited to join such a creative team. Both my department chair, Patrick Evans, and Honors colleagues have been very supportive, and for that I am very grateful.”

    Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk will begin her new duties as Associate Dean on August 12, 2019.

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  • Free MUSE Musicians’ Conference 2020 offers tools to success in the music industry

    Sessions will include staying injury-free, entrepreneurship, touring, money strategies, social media and more, including a discussion with Meshell Ndegeocello.

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  • ArtPlay student grows into musical theater stage actress graduating from UAB

    ArtPlay drama camps introduced Marissa Hebson to Theatre UAB. Now she is graduating with a degree in musical theater.

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  • UAB Concert Choir chosen to perform at choral conference in 2020

    The UAB Concert Choir competed against more than 100 other choirs applying for the honor.

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  • Celebrate Fourth of July with free concert at UAB

    Each Fourth of July, the UAB Summer Band performs a collection of popular and traditional patriotic songs, including selections by composers Gershwin and Sousa.

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  • This summer, UAB’s arts faculty get creative outside the college classroom

    From the United States to Europe, these professors from the departments of Art and Art History, Music, and Theatre are in demand.

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  • UAB Music alumnus Chris Farley awarded full scholarship to the Mannes School of Music at the New School

    Chris Farley, who graduated in December, will pursue his dream of becoming a professional opera singer.

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