University of Mobile Piano Festival Offers January Events

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile announces two January 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.” Assistant professor of piano 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 public and free of charge. The Alabama School of the Arts Piano Festival January events include:

  • Marian Y. Lee – Master class and solo recital, Jan. 18; Moorer Auditorium, Martin Hall, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile, Alabama 36613

Dr. Marian Y. Lee is assistant professor of music and head of keyboard area at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. She will present a master class Jan. 18 3-7 p.m., and will perform a solo recital at 7 p.m.

  • Gulzhan Uzenbayeva – Master class, seminar, and duet recital, Jan. 23,24, 26; Moorer Auditorium, Martin Hall, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile, Alabama 36613

Visiting from Dr. Onalbayeva’s home country of Kazakhstan, Gulzhan Uzenbayeva will present a master class and seminar Jan. 23-24 1-5 p.m. Uzenbayeva, associate professor at Kazakh Conservatory in Almaty, Kazakhstan, will perform a special recital with Dr. Onalbayeva and Greg Wiggins, adjunct music professor.

For more information about an event, 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 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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