University of Mobile Professor and Steinway Artist Kadisha Onalbayeva to Perform Works by Birmingham Art Music Alliance in Multi-City Tour

Rivers Brunson News

MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile director of piano studies, professor of music and Steinway Artist Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva will perform piano works by members of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance (BAMA) in various cities around the Gulf Coast region.

Onalbayeva selected seven works from a collection by nine composers from BAMA, which launched the collection to promote contemporary piano music by living Alabama composers.

“I selected these pieces based on contrasting styles, techniques and variety of expressive effects shown in this collection of seven piano works,” said Onalbayeva, Kazakhstan’s first Steinway Artist.

The tour includes three concerts:

  • Saturday, October 6 at 4 p.m. at the Steinway Piano Gallery, 11247 US-31, Spanish Fort
  • Tuesday, October 9 at 7 p.m. at Moorer Auditorium on campus at University of Mobile, 5735 College Pkwy., Mobile
  • Sunday, October 14 at 2:30 p.m. during Pensacola ComposerFest XIV at Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium on campus at Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd., Pensacola

The Birmingham Art Music Alliance promotes music by Alabama composers and presents concerts of recently composed music to communities in Birmingham and beyond. Members include local composers, professional performers, students and enthusiasts who wish to preserve and maintain the long tradition of music as a living art form.

Onalbayeva began her musical training at the age of five at the Zhubanov Special School for Children in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and continued her education at Kurmangazy National Conservatory of Music. She went on to earn two Master of Musical Arts in both composition and piano performance at the University of New Orleans and a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at Louisiana State University. She has performed at international new music festivals as a composer, performer and organizer throughout Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Europe, Costa Rica, Bahamas and the United States. She now serves as director of piano studies and professor of music in the Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile, and founded the Gulf Coast Steinway Society. On June 6, 2018, she performed her premier solo recital at Carnegie Hall.

For more information, contact the Alabama School of the Arts at 251.442.2382 or


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.

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Rivers Brunson

Rivers is an experienced writer and an alumna of University of Mobile. She graduated in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication. She returned to University of Mobile professionally as marketing communications specialist in 2017. She also hosts a podcast with Bellum Creative Group called Due South about Southern arts and culture. A Grove Hill, Alabama native, Rivers fell in love with the city of Mobile as an undergraduate student and now calls it home; however she takes frequent trips to see her family who are NAMB church planters in Livingston, Montana. She has a lovable golden retriever named Cooper.