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UNC Opera students perform in the fall 2019 production, "Scipio's Dream." (photo by Alyssa LaFaro)

Crescendos of Creativity

As the director of UNC Opera, Marc Callahan teaches his students and audiences that this age-old art form offers so much more than singing on a stage: It’s a craft that requires creative research and a team of people to bring it to life.

Photo of hands playing a piano -- closeup for the Summer Jazz Workshop.

Improvisation leads to successful Summer Jazz Workshop

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, faculty members in Carolina’s music department had to do a new kind of musical improvisation: move the annual, in-person Summer Jazz Workshop for students and amateur musicians entirely online.

A hurricane that formed in the Atlantic basin heads for the eastern seaboard. (Adobe stock)

An Active Storm Season

June 1 marked the start of the 2020 hurricane season — and it’s slated to be an active one. In this Q&A, UNC researcher Rick Luettich talks about this year’s above-average hurricane forecast.

As storm clouds approach and rain starts to fall, Zar Ree rushes out to plant seeds. (photo by Jon Gardiner)

For the Love of Language

Since 1984, over 100,000 Karen refugees have fled their homeland of Myanmar to escape civil war. Linguistics PhD students Amy Reynolds and Jen Boehm strive to understand this shift and hope to preserve the Karen people’s histories in the process.

First-year MFA students who participated in the "Ram's Tales" album project; this photo by AhDream Smith serves as the album cover.

Storytelling and service

First-year MFA students in Gwendolyn Schwinke’s spring voice and speech class used their acting skills for good to produce an online album of international folk tales for UNC Children’s Hospital.

UNC-KCL Workshop Participants March 2020.

UNC and King’s College London host joint symposium

Intellectual rigor was met with collegial support at a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill joint symposium with King’s College London on political change in Eastern Europe in Spring 2020. 

Drums play a large role in African music, according to UNC-Chapel Hill researcher Petal Samuel. Photo shows a closeup of people hitting drums.

Sounding the Alarm

Racial discrimination is not only a matter of sight — sound can also be racialized. Petal Samuel’s research traces colonial bans on drums and horns included in slave codes to modern-day noise abatement efforts in black communities.