University of Mobile Piano Festival Offers April Events

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MOBILE, Ala. – The Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile announces two April events in the inaugural Piano Festival, a yearlong series of special events spotlighting Alabama School of the Arts’ undergraduate and graduate programs in piano performance.

The series follows one year after the university successfully reached its goal of becoming an “All-Steinway School.” Associate professor of music, piano department chair and Steinway Artist Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva said the festival will allow the public to experience the art of world-class musicians, and give her graduate and undergraduate students special events to perform.

“My students are very talented, and I am excited to give them the opportunity to perform and to learn from some of the greatest musicians that I know,” said Dr. Onalbayeva.

University of Mobile is an All-Steinway School and offers a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and a Master of Music in piano performance.

Each event is open to the public and free of charge. The Alabama School of the Arts Piano Festival April events include:

• Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva – Chamber class and student concert, April 12; Moorer Auditorium, Martin Hall, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile, Alabama 36613

Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva is associate professor of music and Kazakhstan’s first Steinway Artist. She will present a joint chamber class and concert at 5:30 p.m. with students Gabriella Loiacano, Nathan Lewis, Andrew Hendry, Rebekah Lipscombe, Erica Burleson, Brett Harrington, Grace Mattox, Micah Steadham and Sarah Borowski. Together, they will showcase works by Haydn, Boccherini, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Hindemith, and Baadsvik.

• Greg Wiggins & Yuliya Ugay Brown – Collaborative Piano Recital, April 16; Moorer Auditorium, Martin Hall, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile, Alabama 36613

Master of Music candidate at University of Mobile Greg Wiggins and adjunct professor Yuliya Ugay Brown will present a collaborative recital at 7 p.m., with Wiggins on piano and Brown singing. The program will include pieces by Debussy, Schoeberg, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff. Wiggins specializes in both commercial keyboard and voice, and arranging, and as traveled extensively as a versatile artist. Brown is an award-winning singer and pianist from Uzbekistan, whose musical interests span from traditional jazz to contemporary postmodernism.

For more information about an event in the Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile, contact Shadoe Valentin at or 251.442.2383.


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 and master’s degree programs in over 40 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 or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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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.

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