Dr. Kevin Richmond's article, "Non-Traditional Notation And Techniques In Student
Piano Repertoire," appeared in the February 2013 issue of the Music Teachers National
Association e-Journal and has been selected as the 2014 MTNA e-Journal Article of
the Year. He will be recognized with a plaque and a check at the MTNA National Conference in
Chicago, Illinois on March 26.
Dr. Kevin Sanders performed recitals and masterclasses at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of New Mexico,
University of Oregon, Drake University, University of Northern Iowa, Illinois State
University, and the University of Illinois. He also performed with the Eugene Symphony
(OR) and the Detroit Symphony. At the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in May
he will be performing a solo recital and serving on a panel discussion entitled "Getting
Your First College Job"
Dr. Randal Rushing, Director of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, who serves on
the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools of Music., was recently
elected chair of Region 8, comprised of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
In January 2014 Professor Susan Owen-Leinert traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii for the
12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education to give a workshop about the exciting research and publication of her critically
acclaimed edition of the complete Lieder of "the forgotten master" Louis Spohr.
On her new recording, Musica de Camera, Lily Afshar is joined by colleagues from the
University of Memphis as she explores the relationship between literature and the guitar. According to Afshar,
"I love the record company I've worked with. I've released 3 CDs with them so far,
Archer Records. And it's just that I feel like I'm free and can develop here and am
reaching my goals." For the past 24 years, Afshar has called Memphis home. Serving
as head of the guitar department at the University of Memphis has allowed her the
flexibility to learn and grow as a musician.
Dr. Victor Santiago Asunción, associate professor of piano at the Rudi E. Scheidt
School of Music, has been named a Steinway Artist by Steinway and Sons. This puts Asunción in the company of past piano virtuosi such as Vladimir Horowitz
and Sergei Rachmaninoff, and of today's most renowned pianists including Mitsuko Uchida
and Yuja Wang.