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Renee Cobb, co-host of Overtones, records Matthew Douglas Simpson and his band at Austin City Saloon in Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. Arden Barnes
School of Music alum Renee Collins Cobb ('85, BM in Music Education) and Warren Cobb ('85, BA in Music) met while they were members of the UK Choristers in the early 1980s. Flash forward over 30 years, Renee and Warren are examples of School of Music alum that have been making a major impact on the Kentucky music industry. Renee's live music music show, "Overtones Live" recently celebrated its 100th broadcast and is the only regional live music program hosted by women. In March 2021, the Lexington Herald Leader profiled Renee's continued efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic that has otherwise brought the live performing arts industry to a halt.
The science of health care and the cultural benefits of the arts have been inextricably tied for James C. Norton, professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry and now semi-retired. That explains his generous gifts to both the UK College of Fine Arts and UK’s Center for Interprofessional Health Education.
As a student in the College of Fine Arts, I am used to being surrounded by creative and passionate individuals. I would walk the halls of CFA and hear music and singing, and I would see people rehearsing scenes or going over choreography. It was invigorating to be surrounded by individuals who were so dedicated and passionate about their artistic endeavors. Unfortunately, I haven’t been in the Fine Arts building in over a year.
A University of Kentucky longtime artist and designer was awarded high honors at the 2021 United States Institute for Theatre Technology Inc. (USITT) Conference and Stage Expo, held virtually March 8–12.
Talented graduate and undergraduate students from around the globe vied for the spotlight at the 2021 Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition presented virtually March 7. As part of the competition, vocalists competed for more than $700,000 in scholarships and prizes and an opportunity to join University of Kentucky Opera Theatre.
Tyler Swick earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the UK School of Music in 2012.
Tegan Miller, BM Music Education 2010
In Episode 08 of CFA Community Conversations, Dr. Lori Hetzel, Associate Director of the School of Music, Professor of Music Education, and Associate Director of Choirs talks with alum Tegan Miller, Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Minor in Spanish 2010. The two reminisce about the UK Women's Choir and their shared love of music education.
Work by several students and faculty from the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance was recognized at the virtual Region 4 Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival Feb. 4–7, 2021.
Arts Administration student Anna Watrous achieved real-world results from a class project, providing thousands of dollars in equipment for a local nonprofit arts organization.