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Hip-hop’s healing power

February 23, 2024

Two spring performances, both involving work by music professor Mark Katz, highlight the transformative power of hip-hop. When asked about the way hip-hop can create bonds between people across geo-political divides, Mark Katz said that he once asked a Serbian … Read more

Uncovering Connie Converse

February 21, 2024

“The history of Connie Converse and who she was … I keep discovering new things. The first time I listened to Cassandra Cycle, there were playful parts [that stood out to me]. When I learned more of what was going … Read more

Good Vibrations

February 9, 2024

The Beat Lab provides a welcoming space for students and community members to experiment with digital music. By Caroline Bittenbender, endeavors Creativity | Video An upbeat electronic melody echoes through the hallway outside of Hill Hall room 109. Inside, students dance and socialize. … Read more

Musicologist makes case for national hymn

February 8, 2024

Carolina music professor Naomi André wants Americans to know more about the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” By Scott Jared, University Communications, Friday, February 2nd, 2024 “Lift Every Voice and Sing” would become America’s first national hymn if Carolina music … Read more

Book Notes: Juan Alamo’s Marimbissimo

January 30, 2024

“My book aims to encourage marimbists, and all musicians, to become well-rounded musicians by using a creative, open-ended, and integrative approach in their musical studies!” In this latest installment of Book Notes, we’re excited to introduce you to Associate Professor … Read more

Alumna Emily Siar wins NATSAA Competition

January 10, 2024

The department extends hearty congratulations to alumna Emily Siar, B.Mus. 2014, on her first-prize win at the 48th National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Artist Awards competition this past Sunday, January 7. Read the official announcement by NATS below. … Read more

Scholarly societies’ annual meetings

December 15, 2023

The department is proud of the numerous faculty and graduate students who participated in this fall’s annual meetings of the American Musicological Society (AMS), the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), and the Society for Music Theory (STM). SEM met in Ottawa … Read more

Remembering Travis Stimeling, Ph.D. 2007

December 8, 2023

The music department is greatly saddened to share the news of Ph.D. graduate Travis Stimeling’s passing. Travis received their Ph.D. in musicology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2007 with an award-winning dissertation under the guidance of Professor Jocelyn Neal titled, “Space, … Read more

Combining Forces and Expanding Creativity

December 6, 2023

Saxophonists Rahsaan Barber and Heidi Radtke have orchestrated a harmonious collaboration, blending the worlds of jazz and classical saxophone in their unique studio classes. This dynamic duo shares insights into their journey, the growth of the saxophone studio, and their … Read more