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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.

Jan 9, 2018
UNLV Opera Director Linda Lister (Music) gave a presentation at the 2018 National Opera Association conference in New Orleans on Jan.y 5. Her session “Mantra Yoga for Singers: Restoring Positivity through Affirmations and Asanas” demonstrated tools for opera performers to overcome performance anxiety as well as the increasing negativity of the digital world. 

Dec 15, 2017
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) just released a new CD on Equilibrium Recordings. This album, Handel: The "Halle" Sonatas, features late 17th-century trio sonatas that traditionally have been attributed to George Frideric Handel as his earliest works. Although the authenticity of this attribution has been called into question, the works remain popular among wind players, and are masterful examples of the Italianate sonata da chiesa.  Lee, a harpsichordist, joined his colleagues Nancy Ambrose King, oboe (University of Michigan), Andrew Parker, oboe (University of Texas, Austin), and Kristin Wolfe Jensen, bassoon (University of Texas, Austin, and a former faculty member at UNLV). In addition to performing on the recording, Lee authored the CD's liner notes, which explain the historical circumstances of the works and the questions surrounding their attribution.

Nov 16, 2017
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) presented a paper titled "Contrast Conceptions: (Alex) North and the South" at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in Rochester, New York. The AMS is the largest and most significant musicological society in North America, and its meetings attract top scholars in the field from around the world. Lee's paper explored Alex North's role in creating soundtracks for films set in the American South, and those soundtracks' relationships to contemporary views of the region.