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Asbury Music Composer Debuts World Premiere Orchestra Concert with Lexington Philharmonic

May 13, 2024 — On May 18 at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Shawn Okpebholo ’03 will premiere his new work of “Two Black Churches (baritone and orchestra)” with the Lexington Philharmonic (LexPhil) at the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

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Asbury Music Students Present Spring Concerts

Mar 14, 2024 — The Asbury University Music Department will finish the school year with nearly two dozen concerts including orchestral music, handbells, jazz, and more.

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Asbury Music Student Wins KMEA Composition Contest

Feb 23, 2024 — Asbury Music major Levi Smith ’25 recently won the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) composition contest for his piece, Rebirth.

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Asbury Music Students Receive NATS Awards

Dec 11, 2023 — Asbury University Music students recently received awards from the Kentucky chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

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Asbury Welcomes Community for Annual Songs of the Season Christmas Concert

Nov 9, 2023 — The Asbury University Music and English Departments welcome the public to a free concert on December 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Hughes Auditorium.

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Asbury Music Department to Perform Opera

Nov 3, 2023 — As part of the Opera Workshop class, students in the Asbury University Music Department will perform “Dido and Aeneas” on November 10-11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jameson Recital Hall.

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Asbury Music Professor Leads Italy Performance Tour

Jun 5, 2023 — In May, 27 students from the Asbury Chorale traveled to Italy to perform concerts in Ravenna, Florence, Rome, and Palestrina.

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Asbury Music Alumnus Receives Grammy Nomination

Nov 29, 2022 — Dr. Shawn Okpebholo ’03, the Jonathan Blanchard professor of composition and music theory at Wheaton College-Conservatory of Music (Ill.), recently received a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Vocal Solo Album for Lord, How Come Me Here?

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Jan 28, 2022 — Asbury’s Professor of Worship Arts, Dan Pinkston, was featured in the 2021 Seoul International Composers Festival for his fantasy composition, “One Dawn, One Dusk,” inspired by three Korean folk songs.

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Asbury Alum Signs with Virgin Records

Dec 21, 2021 — Abe Parker, a 2011 Asbury graduate, advanced his career in the music industry with a recent contract, signing with the record label and music distributor Virgin Records.

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