In January 2014 Professor Susan Owen-Leinert travels 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.
In May, Dr. Kevin Sanders performed as principal tuba with the Macau Orchestra and the Macau Brass Quintet and traveled with the orchestra to perform at the 2013
Seoul International Music Festival in South Korea.
Dr. Thomas C. Ferguson, former Director of Bands (1962-1974), composer of the University of Memphis Fight Song, jazz educator, and
performer, passed away August 31 in Las Vegas, NV. The School of Music extends our
condolences to his family, friends, and the alumni with whom he made such wonderful
Dr. Victor Asunción recently performed with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra,
and gave masterclasses at the University of the Philippines, where he is a visiting professor of piano and chamber music. Prior to his trip to
the Philippines, he played three concerts at the Music in the Vineyards Chamber Music
Festival with musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Ortelius Piano Trio,
and members of the Chicago Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra. In addition, he performed
concerts in Brazil, at the International Horn Symposium, at the Santa Fe Chamber Music
Festival and a a chamber music recital in Albuquerque.
In September, Dan Phillips, associate professor of horn, will perform a solo recital
and will present a lecture and a masterclass at the first meeting of the Brazil Horn
Society. The meeting will be held in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. One of the co-hosts
for the meeting is Phillips' former student, Dr. Rinaldo Fonseca (D.M.A., University
of Memphis, 2012).
Dr. Robyn Jones, professor of clarinet, will be performing on a recital in Assisi,
Italy, at the annual International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest this summer.
She will also perform in the clarinet choir at the festival, which will be comprised
of American clarinet professors. Prior to the festival, she will travel to music libraries
in Milan and Bologna to research Italian clarinet music that is not published or unavailable
in the US.
Dr. Kamran Ince, professor of composition, has been awarded the U of M Alumni Association
Distinguished Achievement in the Creative Arts Award. The award recognizes faculty who have brought honor and recognition to the University.