Message from the Dean – November 12, 2018

First some good news:

Breanna Shellhorse is an ACM@UCO senior from Claremore, Oklahoma. She will be embarking on a prestigious weeklong internship at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, this January. The internship is through the Creative Mind Group which fosters opportunities for aspiring film professionals to prove their skills and value by interning with film studios, production companies, talent agencies, public relation firms and media outlets who can launch their careers. Congratulations Breanna! . . .  read more

Message from the Dean – November 5, 2018

First some good news:

UCO Musical Theatre Major Greg Gore has recently been cast as The Man in the Yellow Hat in Lyric’s upcoming Theatre for Young Audience production of Curious George: The Golden Meatball. The production will also feature UCO Musical Theatre graduates Justin Larman and Bailey Maxwell. Congratulations!

Now a story:

“When you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer.” – Stevie Wonder . . .  read more

Message from the Dean – October 29, 2018

3 women and 2 men dressed in costumes

First some good news:

CD cover with cloudy sunset

Congratulations to Dr. Tess Remy-Schumacher, professor of cello and coordinator of the Brisch Center for Historical Performance. With the help of colleagues and the UCO Cello Ensemble along with support from the UCO Office of Research and Grants, her CD, “Music for Peace III” was released in September. The CD is already on the ballot for the Recording Academy’s 61st Grammy Awards with nominations to be announced November 28. . . .  read more

Message from the Dean – October 15, 2018

First some good news:

I apologize for the length of the “good news” this week, but I need to share this Facebook post by  Sheradee Scott Hurst from Greg White’s wall.

“So, here’s what happened when my eight-year-old was invited to play a child role in a college production. Opening night, she walked in the green room and several college students shouted, “Happy Opening!” The student assigned to supervise the three children in the production took notes in her phone of their favorite candy the night before and bought it with her own money and brought it to opening night for them. Another cast member wrote a handwritten note to the three children encouraging them to stay in music theatre and telling them how happy it makes him to see young children involved in theatre. Then our tiny actor told us she held hands with the cast while they lead a prayer circle. This is the youth of today? Twenty years ago, when I was a little Broncho I was just trying to have clean underwear for class. These kids are incredibly impressive. One of the leads walked by, patted her on the shoulder and said, “Good job, Sweetheart!” And the best lesson out of the entire experience… the freshman student that was assigned to supervise the children. They were calling her “Aunt Madi.” She was precious and came to every rehearsal to learn parts as an understudy and also to supervise the children. She stood in for anyone when they were gone at rehearsal. She supervised the kids through every dress rehearsal and performance this week. She came in *full hair and make-up* to EVERY show, to supervise the kids, and never once stepped foot on the stage. I made sure to tell my girls to take notice of that. You aren’t always the lead role, sometimes you aren’t ensemble, and sometimes, many times, you have to work really hard and never step foot on the stage through the show’s run. It’s not about landing a big role; it’s about making a big impact and she certainly did that on my little one. Then…last night when we got in the car after a packed show. I said to my girl, “I just kept looking around that theater and thinking how packed it was and how many people were there. Then I started thinking you’re only eight years old, and it’s a really big stage with all these college students, and you just went out there like a professional in front of that completely packed theater!” My girl smiled and said, “And guess what? I have you to thank for all of it!” 😭 So now I’m picking up the 9,000 pieces my heart burst into in the UCO parking lot. 💕 Thank you Greg White, Brent Pedersen, UCO Musical Theatre: “The Most Happy Fella,” and Edmond Fine Arts Institute. Our gratitude for her to have this experience is immeasurable. Her Dad and I are proud to be Bronchos.” . . .  read more

Message from the Dean – October 8, 2018

First some good news:

Our students and graduates continue to excel! Flute Student Kaitlin Lee was selected by recorded audition to perform in the upcoming Sir James Galway Flute Master Class, on Tuesday, October 10, 2018, at Oklahoma City Community College. Musical Theatre graduate Dorian Quinn Herron will be performing in the musical tour Legally Blonde in January and Musical Theatre graduate Michael Russell is currently performing in the Broadway Tour of Miss Saigon.  Finally, Dance graduate Ali Hendrix is currently performing with Norwegian Cruise Lines. As teachers, there is nothing more rewarding than to witness the success of our students. . . .  read more

Message from the Dean – October 1, 2018

First some good news:

Andrea Cain, who graduated from our design program only last May, won a Bronze Clio award for her Sweet Walkers Dessert Delivery package design. According to Time Magazine, the Clio Awards are the most recognizable, international awards for design and advertising.

More good news:

Cara Bowerman, UCO Art Education 2013 graduate, has been named a 2017 Oklahoma Exemplary Educator by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. The success of our students continues to prove the quality of the education we offer. . . .  read more

Message from the Dean – September 24, 2018

First some good news:

I am proud of the contributions CFAD faculty make to the arts in OKC and beyond. Under the direction of Dr. Barbara DeMaio and Dr. Rob Glaubitz, Painted Sky Opera brought Rigoletto to the Civic Center this month. UCO faculty featured importantly in the production, including Dr. Kevin Eckhard in the cast, as well as orchestra credits for Dr. Kadee Bramlett, Dr. Peggy Moran, and Dr. Dawn Lindblade-Evans. The OKC Philharmonic debuted their season last week, including our own Dr. Zhu on violin. Art faculty member, David Webber is a member of Factory Obscura Collective. Their new immersive experience, Beyond, opens September 22 in OKC. Dance faculty member Hui Cha Poos is choreographing The Music Man with City Rep in collaboration with Painted Sky Opera, set to open at OCCC in October. Trust me when I tell you, this list could go on. . . .  read more

Message from the Dean – September 17, 2018

First some good news:

CFAD and School of Music graduate Madeline Kidwell Romano was recently featured on Oklahoma’s News 4 “Pay it 4Ward” show. She was nominated by a coworker for her compassionate and outstanding work teaching music to students at Ida Freeman Elementary in Edmond. Romano is a 2017 graduate of Dr. Darla Eschelman’s Vocal Music Education program. Congratulations to both Maddie and Dr. Eschelman. . . .  read more

Message from the Dean – September 10, 2018

First some good news:

Onstage Blog recently placed UCO in the “Top 10 B.M. Musical Theater Programs 2018-19”. The blog cited the availability of scholarships and the fact that in 2018, the University of Central Oklahoma was identified as one of the Great Value Colleges for undergraduate music majors.

Now a story:

As the son of a contractor during the housing boom of the 1970’s, my family built, moved into and sold houses at a rapid clip. By my 19th birthday, my childhood CV included 18 addresses. We would live in an apartment while building a house, move into the new home, immediately put the house for sale, then move into another rental when the new house sold. These cycles of uprooting and re-rooting occurred among the black loam fields of the upper Midwest. I remember standing in the freshly dug basement of one of these homesites outside Hutchinson, Minnesota. The striated walls of earth loomed over my head; 6 feet of ruddy clay topped by jet-black dirt. The new Judson Woods subdivision was carved into a virgin section of near-boreal forest. After clearing the trees, the rusted yellow bulldozer sliced into the soil of the lot, exposing more than 24 inches of rich, dark, peaty loam. The smell in the trench was rich with the fecund musk of decomposing leaves, plants and organic matter. The soil itself seemed to hum with the possibility of growth. Growing up in Iowa and Minnesota, the scent of black earth being plowed in spring was part of the progression of the seasons. The aroma of freshly turned, northern fields still has the compass-like power to direct my mind to childhood memories. . . .  read more

Message from the Dean – September 4, 2018

First some good news:

Six projects from UCO Design Students will be in the Print Regional Design Annual! This publication features the “best of the best” in graphic design and illustration. For collegiate designers, inclusion is the equivalent of a nomination for the Heisman Trophy.

Now a story:

Growing up in a practical, blue collar family, the notion that a person could earn a living as an artist seemed nearly nonsensical. “Work” involved sweat, muscle and tools, while “art” represented an interesting hobby at best. Even after a three-decade career as a ceramic artist and professor, I have an uncle who routinely asks me if I am still “playing with clay”. I cannot recall a time when I did not love making art. As a child, I would beg for “How to Draw” books, pads of paper and charcoal for birthdays and Christmas. Yet, until I was a couple years into college, it never occurred to me that a professional life as an artist was a possibility. . . .  read more