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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.

In Episode 10 of our College of Fine Arts Community Conversation series, Susie Thiel, Associate Professor of Dance and the Director of Dance at UK, connects with Shannon Burgess, Bachelor of Arts in Dance, 2018 (and the first official Dance major graduate of the University of Kentucky).

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.

The University of Kentucky’s College of Fine Arts and School of Music announced the creation of the Wayland Rogers Scholarship for Excellence in the Performance of Art Song.

School of Music alum Tyler Swick ('12, B.A. Music Education) has been selected as one of Yamaha's 40 Under 40, which celebrates outstanding music educators who are making a difference by growing and strengthening their music programs. 


Yamaha Corporation of America has named the University of Kentucky School of Music as a 2021 honoree in its inaugural Institution of Excellence program, acknowledging the school’s extraordinary commitment to innovation in the study of music.


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.

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.