Alabama School of the Arts Presents ‘Night of Contemporary Classical Music’

Amber Kelley News

MOBILE, Ala. – The Alabama School of the Arts (ASOTA) will present “Night of Contemporary Classical Music” on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in Moorer Auditorium at University of Mobile. 

The night will include works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Francis Poulenc and Façade. Admission is free.

Performers are ASOTA students from the studios of Dr. Maryann Kyle, chair of graduate programs and professor of voice and vocal pedagogy, and Steinway Artist Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva, director of piano studies and professor of music.

Charlotte Henderson Lee, a doctoral candidate who is among those performing, said students have been practicing long hours in preparation for the concert. Lee said the audience can expect a “level of synergy in the room that is just electrifying.”

Performers include: 

  • Rebekah Lipscombe, senior majoring in piano performance; 
  • Charlotte Henderson Lee, doctor of musical arts student and graduate teaching assistant in ASOTA; 
  • Gabriella Loiacano, senior majoring in piano performance; 
  • Erica Burleson, junior majoring in piano performance; 
  • Olivia Russell, junior majoring in musical theatre; 
  • Grace Denton, doctor of musical arts student; 
  • Magdalena Tafelska, doctor of musical arts student; 
  • Julian Jones, doctor of musical arts student;
  • Eric Botto, master of music in vocal performance student; 
  • Greg Wiggins, master of music student
  •  Yuliya Ugay Brown, master of music student; 
  • Haley Cox, master of music student and graduate assistant for the marketing department at ASOTA

For more information about University of Mobile’s Alabama School of the Arts events, call 251.442.2383, email Shadoe Valentin at or visit 

About University of Mobile

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. 

For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.eduor call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Amber Kelley

Amber Kelley is the marketing communications specialist for University of Mobile. Amber received her Bachelor of Science in Communication from UM. As marketing communications specialist, Amber writes press releases and other content for UM. She is passionate about serving in her youth group at Redemption Church. She enjoys spending time outside, reading a good book and watching romantic comedies on Netflix.