The UTSA music department has been taking steps to create a bigger and better program for music majors.

The UTSA concert choir and the UTSA wind ensemble were on tour this past month, and the UTSA orchestra was selected to perform at this year’s Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio.

“Only one orchestra is selected every year to perform, so this is truly an honor for UTSA and a big step towards advancing us into becoming a top-tier school for music,” said senior music marketing major Emily Rubio. This was the first year UTSA had been invited to the TMEA convention and the department was excited to perform.

In addition to the accomplishments encountered since the beginning of the semester, the UTSA music department will host the following events over the next few weeks:

Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a faculty recital by Allyson Dawkins, who will play the viola, and Robert Brewer will accompany her on piano.

Monday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Dr. William McCrary will direct the UTSA voice students as they perform operettas in the “UTSA Lyric Theatre presents Two One Acts.”

Wednesday, Mar. 1 at 7:30 p.m. students of Dr. Rami El-Farrah will perform the “Saxophone Quartet Concert.”

All three events are free, open to the public and will be performed in the Arts Recital Hall. For a list of more events the UTSA music department will be hosting, visit music.utsa.edu and click the events tab.

Although the music department has been making incredible advancements in programming, they need support from UTSA students and the community to create a new performing arts center. With a growing program and more students eager to keep the department flourishing, the building needs a little TLC.

“We have completely outgrown our facilities, and the lack of nice facilities is drastically hurting our recruiting process,” said Rubio.

Students who wish to support the music department in their efforts to gain a new performing arts center can sign the petition at change.org/p/utsa-music-needs-a-performing-arts-center.

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