Dr. David Tayloe, Director

The Capstone Song Initiative is an annual concert promoting the collaboration between composer and performer. Students and Faculty perform exciting new works by living composers, set to modern texts. The Capstone Song Initiative seeks to explore the soundscape, language, and diverse writing styles of our modern day composers. Each concert features a work written specifically for this event, where the performer is in direct contact with the composer and forms collaboration within the compositional process.

Year Three: WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE that this year, the Capstone Song Initiative will welcome renowned composer Libby Larsen to UA.  Ms. Larsen will be in residence at Alabama April 9 and 10, 2019.  Watch this space and our social media pages for details of concerts and master classes.

The second performance in this series was on January 26, 2018 and featured a variety of song selections performed by students and faculty. We hope you were able to be with us for the wonderful celebration of SONG!

The inaugural event was held on Saturday evening, April 9th, 2016 at 7:30 pm in Bryant-Jordan Hall.   The performers included students, UA faculty, and guest artists including:

Kevin Chance, piano
Susan Williams, soprano
Paul Houghtaling, bass-baritone
David Tayloe, tenor
Linda Lister, guest artist, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

With UA student artists Cheyna Alexander, Lydia Beasley, Zyda Culpepper-Baldwin, Andrew Nalley, Amy Prickett, Shayna Tayloe, and Paul Wolf, and pianists Jeremey McMillan and Matthew Wilson.

The program featured songs by Zach Redler, Zachary Wadsworth, Libby Larsen, Rick Bassett, Rachel Peters, Evan Mack, Ethan Greene, and Linda Lister. Dr. Lister was with us to perform her own music and Dr. Houghtaling performed the world premiere of two selection from Lister’s song cycle Flags: Summer of 2015.

Thanks for visiting this page.  Join us as we continue to celebrate song!!