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.

The next performance in this series will be on January 26, 2018 , with an exciting new work for Tenor and piano, the premiere of more songs from Linda Lister’s Flags: Summer of 2015 written for Dr. Paul Houghtaling, and additional student and faculty performances!  Join us for the wonderful celebration of SONG and watch this page for more details!

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.

It was a great evening of song!!  Join us in January 2018.