Gordon Hawkins, internationally acclaimed baritone and professor of voice in the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre, performed the role of "The Reverend" in Tazewell Thompson's powerful new opera, “Blue,” with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Sept. 11–12 at Detroit’s outdoor Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre.
School of Music, Dance and Theatre
The School of Music, Dance and Theatre’s dance program announces a return to live performances with the 2021-22 season. In selecting this season, faculty members focused on taking innovative approaches, presenting unique collaborations and providing opportunities for underrepresented artists.
The ASU Gospel Choir in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre recently released a recording, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” with York University Gospel Choir as part of an international collaboration project.
In a return to live performances, Arizona State University's School of Music, Dance and Theatre announces the upcoming 2021–22 theater season.
“We had a challenging year doing virtual performances that were experimental,” said Mary McAvoy, associate professor and community engagement coordinator. “There’s a lot of joy being back in rehearsal spaces and feeling like we are starting anew.”
Robert Spring, professor in Arizona State University's School of Music, Dance and Theatre, received the International Clarinet Association’s highest honor, the Honorary Membership Award, at the association's 2021 annual conference. The award, a lifetime achievement counterpart, is given to clarinetists worldwide who have made a significant difference in the clarinet world through performance, teaching and service.
Arizona State University's School of Music, Dance and Theatre welcomes Heather Feeney as lecturer in technical direction to the theater program.
“I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with several recent graduates of the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre, and they continuously demonstrate outstanding work ethic, strong skills in their craft and a well-rounded training in theater,” Feeney said. “I am grateful to participate in their academic journey and be an ambassador for them while in school and beyond.”
The substantial disruption of COVID-19 has given the ASU orchestras a collective moment of recalibration — a moment to breathe and examine more deeply both the privilege and responsibility of creating live music together.
Kay Norton, musicologist and professor in Arizona State University's School of Music, Dance and Theatre, received the Distinguished Service Citation at the virtual Society of American Music annual conference this summer.
“The Society for American Music is my professional society home,” said Norton, who joined the organization in 1991. “The society matches the Americanist side of my research – American sacred music — especially gospel — and music of the southern United States.”