Beth Mehocic, Ph.D.
Professor of Dance - Music Composition and Dance
Beth Mehocic is a composer, poet, visual artist, filmmaker, and author who received her MM and PhD in music composition from Michigan State University, East Lansing and is currently the music director/composer-in-residence and professor for the department of dance. Mehocic has written more than 100 works for orchestra, concert band, chamber music, dance ensembles, theatre, and film, and her works have been performed throughout the United States, Japan, China and Europe.
She has produced works in several Las Vegas Hotels including The Mirage, Caesar's Palace, and the Las Vegas Hilton. Her dance poem, “Shadows,” and her video dance poem, “Hands” with original music were presented at the 2005 International Taishan Congress of Cultures and the 19th World Congress of Poets in Tai'an City, Shandong Province, China for which she was awarded a Medal in Innovation for digital poetry, dance and music by the Peoples Republic of China. “Hands” was presented at the 12th Annual Dancing Poetry Festival and in 2004, “Shadows” was presented at the 11th Annual Dancing Poetry Festival in San Francisco.
Her presentation on poetic dance was accepted by the 2005 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Her music was used at the 2005 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland as part of a collaboration between the Liverpool Institute of the Arts and the UNLV Dance and Theatre Departments.