UM Chamber Concert Features Original Student Compositions

Alexis Knott ASOTA, News

MOBILE, Ala. – The Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile presents the ASOTA Piano Festival Chamber Concert on April 19 at 7 p.m. The free concert will be held in Moorer Auditorium, Thomas T. Martin Hall, on the university campus.

The program will feature original works by University of Mobile student composers Rebecca Reed, Carley Duet and Lauren Stanford, in addition to works by the classical masters.

Steinway Artist Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva, director of piano studies and UM professor of music, says, “We are excited that our students are learning not only chamber music from the baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary repertoire, but also are creating original works. This concert is a unique opportunity to hear music by Handel, Beethoven, Dvorak, Caplet, Hancock and original works by our student composers.”

Performing artists are:

Pianists:  William Farris, Rebecca Reed, Lauren Stanford, Gaukhar Kenessova and Luke Killam.

Vocalists:  Carley Duet, Chloe Stewart, Melodie DuBose and Paulina Guerra.

Instrumentalists:  Emma Dalgety, Kayla Prieto, Nina Carpenter (violin), Jamie Peters (bassoon), Jack Mims (flute), Ben Eddins, Justin Kelly, Mark Ledlow, Marie McCormick, Bailey Bergdo (trombones), Aidan Chavez (bass) and Zane Duke (drummer).

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Alexis Knott

Alexis Knott is a senior at the University of Mobile. She is majoring in English with a minor in Spanish and Creative Writing. This semester, she is interning for UM’s Office for Marketing and Public Relations. She is an active member of UM Ambassadors program and is an FCA leader. In her spare time, Alexis enjoys fellowshipping with friends, reading, writing, and playing soccer.