Alumni Stories

School of Music Alum Renee Collins Cobb and "Overtones Live"

Story originally appeared on Kentucky.com on March 2, 2021 by Walter Tunis, Contributing Music Critic.


By her own estimation, Renee Collins Cobb is a “social introvert.” Every Wednesday night, however, she sets any self-perceived shyness aside. That’s when the Ashland native is either behind a microphone or a video camera to bring “Overtones Live” to life.

“A lot of people would never have dreamed that I would be doing what I’m doing now.”

Scholarship honoring alum Wayland Rogers to support UK art song students

Story by Mark Mozingo, UKNow


The Rogers Scholarship was established by distinguished alumnus Wayland D. Rogers, a renowned singer, conductor, teacher and composer based in Chicago, Illinois, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music from UK in 1963. The scholarship will support senior music performance students who exhibit excellence in art songs or solo music with piano accompaniment.  

Alum Tyler Swick selected as Yamaha 40 Under 40 in Music Education

There doesn’t seem to be enough superlatives to describe Tyler Swick’s energetic, entertaining and exhilarating teaching style. And accolades from parents and colleagues are just as numerous.  In several of his “40 Under 40” nomination letters, parents called him a “musical magician” and that “his work ethic knows no bounds when it comes to ensuring he gets a smile out of a few extra kiddos.” Another parent simply stated, “It doesn’t feel like learning when it’s this fun!”

CFA Community Conversations with Dr. Lori Hetzel and Tegan Miller

The UK Women’s Choir planned an event in spring of 2020 to celebrate Dr. Hetzel’s 25th Anniversary with the School of Music. Due to COVID-19 that event was cancelled. A virtual celebration was held instead during a Women's Choir rehearsal. Tegan Miller jumped at the chance to Zoom in.

CFA Community Conversations with Crystal Gregory, Natalie Baxter, and Claire Thompson

The UK College of Fine Arts is a family. We support each other. We learn from each other. To celebrate the power of our network, we've launched a new series. CFA Community Conversations build bridges, connecting alumni, faculty, staff, and students through shared experiences.

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