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Faculty Kudos | Promotions and publications

Dr. Yin Zheng

Yin Zheng has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure.

Erin Freeman has been appointed to the tenure-eligible position of Director of Choral Activities at VCU and Director of the Richmond Symphony Chorus at RSO.

John Patykula was published in Classical Guitar Magazine. His article, “A Night to Remember: A look at the 1956 premiere of Villa-Lobos’ immortal Concerto for Guitar performed by Andrés Segovia,” appears in the Summer 2017 issue. Click here to see the article.

Tabatha Easley and Justin Alexander, who perform together as AarK Duo, released a new album, Hair / Cloth / Thread. Click here to listen to the album on Soundcloud.

Susanna Klein was awarded a Presidential Research Quest Fund award (PeRQ), the highest research award at the university. Susanna’s project aims to design and develop a mobile app allowing players to self-regulate their practice habits. She is working in collaboration with Sandy Goldie and Molly Sharp, and with partner company Shockoe Mobile Solutions.

Rebecca Tyree was awarded a Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship by the Division of Community Engagement for her continuing work with the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community’s LIVE ART program.

Dr. Terry Austin conducts the President’s Own Marine Band

Terry Austin will guest conduct the band at Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, Japan this fall. This is Terry’s second invitation to Musashino. Terry also recently served as guest conductor for the President’s Own Marine Band at the American Bandmaster’s Association Convention in Lexington, Ky.

Colleen Potter Thorburn and Susanna Klein organized the first-ever VCU Harp Day in collaboration with the Virginia Harp Center. Harp Day was successful and well-attended, and included masterclasses, workshops, performances, and a concert from harp-voice duo Addi&Jacq.

Magdalena Adamek‘s research on Polish composer Feliks Nowowiejski appears in the newly published collaborative book, “Interpretation-Reception: New Research On the Music by Feliks Nowowiejski” edited by Krzysztof Szatrawski. Her chapter is titled “Feliks’s Nowowiejski’s masterful stylization of the Polish folk dance: Polish Dance No.2 in D minor.” She performed Nowowiejski’s works in recital at the Kosciuszko Foundation House in Washington, and was invited to perform in Poland this summer.

Steven Cunningham earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Maryland, College Park.

Antonio García is the recipient of a Dean’s Research Reassignment Award and will be on leave in Fall 2017 to pursue various research projects including a book publication.

Patrick Smith was recognized by his alma mater, the University of Florida’s School of Music, as an Outstanding Young Alumni.

Alice Hammel was interviewed by the National Association for Music Education about the Endrew v. Douglas County School District case, and how the ruling may affect music education for students with special needs.

Michelle Huang was awarded a School of the Arts Adjunct Research Grant for her proposal to create musical works in collaboration with painters.