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Elias Gross: Rediscovering the viola

April 1, 2022

Elias Gross, ​​third-year graduate student, started playing viola at the age of 11. Music has kept a strong and meaningful place in his life and shaped him into the person here today.

Where words fail music speaks

February 28, 2022

For most of his life, Juan Álamo has used music to connect to and communicate with others. As a skilled marimba player, he uses his talent and passion to teach the next generation of musicians to do the same.

Lessons in songwriting and perseverance

November 29, 2021

Singer-songwriter Rissi Palmer visited Professor Jocelyn Neal’s songwriting class in early October, opening up about her journey in the industry and the lessons she’s learned along the way.

Finding connection and hope ‘from afar’

October 29, 2021

The fact that Desde Lejos, released in July 2021 and currently being considered for the GRAMMY ballot, was recorded, edited, and published during the pandemic is a profound example of perseverance and ingenuity.

The Other Side of the Podium

April 21, 2021

Conducting classes in the Department of Music offer students the opportunity to learn what it’s like behind the podium — gaining valuable insight into conducting methods while improving their skills as musicians.

Writing a new arrangement of a classic festival

February 15, 2021

The Carolina Jazz Festival will look a little different this year, but will contain the same spark and vibrancy. The festival will kick off with two livestreamed concerts: the UNC Faculty Jazz Concert on Feb. 18 and the UNC Jazz Combo Concert on Feb. 19.