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Charles Saenz to perform at the New Mexico Music Educators Association All-State Conference

Charles Saenz, Professor of Trumpet, will perform on January 5th at the NMMEA all-state conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mr. Saenz will be a soloist with the Deming High School Concert Band, which was selected as the 2011-2012 Honor Band for the state of New Mexico. The concert will take place in Popejoy Hall on the campus of the University of New Mexico. For more information visit

Alan Smith performs and teaches in Korea

Prof. of Cello, Alan Smith, recently toured South Korea (Oct. 27-Nov. 9, 2011). While in Korea, he performed several solo recitals in Seoul, MoPok, Yeongju, Gwangju, and appeared as concerto soloist with the Gwangju Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, he presented several master classes at various schools and universities.

Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu premieres Gregory Mertl’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Symphony with University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble

Dr. Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu, assistant professor of piano, premiered Gregory Mertl’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Symphony on November 22 with the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, conducted by Craig Kirchhoff. This concerto was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at
Brigham Young University and was written for Solungga Liu and the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble. A subsequent CD of the Concerto will be released by INNOVA in 2012.