One Day for UK 2021

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

Story originally appeared on 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.”

Dance Leaps Off Stage, Tours Campus

By Emma Lucas, class of 2021

COVID-19 has impacted each and every one of us in many ways, but that dedication and passion has remained. I am proud to be a part of a college that is working diligently and creatively to give students valuable opportunities in the midst of this pandemic, much like the Department of Theatre and Dance is doing with the dance concert, EchoLocation: The Mobile Tour.

Tanya Harper Awarded USITT's Wally Russell Professional Mentoring Award

Singletary Center for the Arts (SCFA) production designer Tanya Harper received the Wally Russell Professional Mentoring Award, presented by USITT in partnership with the Wally Russell Foundation to honor someone who embodies the guiding hand that Wally Russell provided to many young professionals. 

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!”

Yamaha Recognizes UK School of Music as 1 of 10 Institutions of Excellence

Story by Peter Giles/Giles Communication

Only 10 outstanding schools nationwide earned the prestigious designation this year.

Yamaha is committed to working with the University of Kentucky in substantive ways for the long-term growth and benefit of its music students and faculty. The Institution of Excellence program is tailored to respond to each honoree’s unique mission and the designation unlocks benefits for the institution, its faculty and its students.