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music Accomplishments

Oct 10, 2018
Marta Plominska (Music) has been awarded first prize at the Great Composers Competition - Masters of Wind Sonata for Sergey Prokofiev's "Sonata for Flute and Piano." Masters of Sonata is an annual international music competition series paying tribute to the art of the sonata/sonatina's large-scale musical form. Plominska is a doctorate of musical arts candidate.   

Sep 20, 2018
Jazz Honors Trio (Music) has won the honor of playing at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival in California on Sept. 22 and 23. The trio was invited to play because it took first place at the 2018 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival College Combo Division this past spring where they competed against some of the top university combos in the nation. Trio members are pianist Patrick Hogan, bassist Ruben Van-Gundy, and drummer Michael Hoffman.

Sep 4, 2018
Timothy Jones (Music) is the lead author of Rock ’n’ Roll Origins & Innovators, which has just been through a major revision and was published in August as the revised second edition. Jim McIntosh is the co-author. This is the 10th anniversary of the book’s original release. It has sold more than 20,000 copies.  

Apr 27, 2018
UNLV Jazz Studies (Music) and its students were honored in the 41st annual DownBeat Student Music Awards, which each year recognizes the top collegiate jazz musicians in the country. The UNLV Honors Quartet won in the Graduate College Small Ensemble Category and pianist Patrick Hogan was the co-winner in the Graduate College Soloist category. The Estella Yun Electric Band received an Outstanding Performance Award in the Graduate College Blues/Pop/Rock Small Group category and Jorge Machain garnered an Outstanding Performance Undergraduate College for his large ensemble arrangement, “Fascinating Rhythm." Michael Spicer received two Graduate College Outstanding Performances. One was for “Patchwork," in the Small Ensemble category, while the other was for “Love For Sale” in the Large Ensemble Arrangement category. These students will be recognized in DownBeat magazine’s June edition. The DownBeat Student Music Awards, founded in 1976, are considered among the most prestigious awards in jazz education. The UNLV jazz studies program has received 17 DownBeat Student Music Awards since 2010. Winners are selected from more than 1,000 entries.  

Mar 21, 2018
Ricardo Cobo (Music) and Lori Pullen (Performing Arts Center) recently helped stage a very successful inaugural guitar competition. Ten students registered from schools including Sierra Vista High School, CSN High School, New Horizons High School, Clark High School, Leavitt Middle School, and Las Vegas Academy. Grade levels included 8 - 12. The three finalists were Liam Kalson (New Horizons High School, 12th grade), Kyle Lhemgunjong (CSN High School, 11th grade), and winner Parsa Sabet Rasekhi (Sierra Vista High School, 12th grade). Rasekhi was presented with an Antonio Picado Model #49 Guitar donated by Dr. Mitchell and Pearl Forman. All students received gift bags donated by Ramirez Guitars.  

Mar 19, 2018
The UNLV Jazz Honors Trio, (Music) made up of Patrick Hogan (piano), Ruben Van-Gundy (bass), and Michael Hoffman (drums) and directed by professor Dave Loeb won first place in the College Combo Division at the prestigious and highly competitive 2018 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival n Monterey, California, earlier this month. The other college combos in that category were from the Berklee School of Music; University of Miami; California State University, Northridge; California State University, Sacramento; and the New School, from New York City.

Mar 14, 2018
Jennifer Grim (Music) and Michael Genova (Entertainment Engineering & Design) recently received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the College of Fine Arts.

Mar 14, 2018
Janis McKay (Music) recently received the College of Fine Arts' Charles Vanda Award for Excellence in Artistic Achievement.

Mar 14, 2018
Emmanuel Ortega (Art) and Uli Geissendoerfer (Music) recently received the Outstanding Part-time Teacher of the Year Award from the College of Fine Arts.

Jan 24, 2018
Linda Lister (Music) is the author of the book So You Want to Sing Light Opera: A Guide for Performers. Just published by Rowman and Littlefield, the book is part of the National Association of Teachers of Singing "So You Want to Sing" series.