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Adrian Fung, New Associate Dean

Adrian Fung at OU

Adrian Fung, who is recognized as one of Musical America’s 30 Innovators of the Year, has been named associate dean for the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma. Along with his administrative duties in the college, Fung will work closely with OU Price College of Business to implement a new graduate certificate program in the arts and business as well as an arts seed-funding program.

The arts executive, award-winning cellist, educator and producer of critically acclaimed projects previously served as vice president for innovation for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra where he led the company’s activities in artistic, social and economic innovation. He continues as executive artistic director of the celebrated concert series Music in the Morning in Vancouver, Canada.

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WOW FACTOR - Karl Sievers, Recognized For Excellence In The Arts

Karl Sievers at OU

NORMAN – Nationally recognized musician and Professor of Music, Karl Sievers has been named the 2017 Irene and Julian J. Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts at the University of Oklahoma Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts.

At OU, in addition to teaching, Sievers has served as the area chair for the School of Music, as chair of the OU Compensation Committee, as a Faculty Senator to all brass and percussion performance majors, and he also has served on many master of music and doctor of musical arts committees.

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WOW FACTOR - Joel Mott Received Grammy Award

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OU Bachelor of Music Education alumnus, Joel Mott won a Grammy Award for his participation as string arranger of the gospel recording Losing My Religion by Kirk Franklin. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album in 2016.

"I'd love to thank my friend Dr. Roland Barrett for consistently giving time, energy and expertise to teach me to write and arrange when I was in school. Roland gave over and beyond of himself and I'm so grateful." - Joel 

Artifacts Newsletter

Artifacts newsletter

ARTIFACTS is the monthly newsletter for the College of Fine Arts, containing information for students, faculty and staff on upcoming events and important dates. READ

 

WOW FACTOR - McCall Received Top Honors at NATSSA “Singer of the Year” Competition

Dorian McCall

Dorian McCall, a 3rd year MM opera performance candidate from Houston, Texas, took 3rd place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATSAA) Regional Singer of the Year Competition.

The NATSAA competition, held each November, selects, through a series of elimination rounds on the district, regional and national levels, singers whose artistry indicates that they are ready for a professional career and to encourage them toward that goal with a cash prize and the opportunity for performance engagements.

Thousands of college students participate in chapter, district, and regional auditions each year, providing students with constructive feedback on their progress and deemed by members as one of the most important activities NATSAA organizes.

“What I personally gained from this experience was quite significant. Utilizing the new colors and ability of my voice with the guidance of my teacher, fine tuning and making music with my coach, collaborating with my dear friend and fellow musician, all coalesced at the right time. I was able to walk into a relatively high stakes situation with my wits about me and a calm that allowed me to focus on storytelling and gave freedom to the body and voice to do what it does best.”

WOW FACTOR - Annie Funke 2017 Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador

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Annie Funke holds up her Young Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador award during the 2017 Oklahoma Creativity Ambassadors Gala at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. [Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman]

Annie Funke, OU Alumna and Star of the TV series “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”

"I’m so touched by this honor and to be here tonight."

“I am such a proud Oklahoman – I always have been, ask anyone who knows me – born and raised here. I went to the University of Oklahoma, and when I first moved … I met a lot of people – a lot of those coastal people – who seem to be very unaware of this thriving and rich artistic and creative community that I knew and I know in Oklahoma. I feel like in a way I’ve kind of stepped into a role of advocate for our great state because I was so excited to share my experience because I knew firsthand the amazing talent and the work that is cultivated right here. It’s given me even more Oklahoma pride to be able to share my story."

“I have to attribute my entire being and reason, experience in Oklahoma with the unbelievable teachers that I had here.”

-By Brandy McDonnell, The Oklahoman newspaper, April 10, 2017

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