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High Notes - Fall 2013

The University of Texas at Brownsville Department of Music Newsletter

From the Department Chair

On behalf of the entire Department of Music faculty and staff at The University of Texas at Brownsville, welcome to our Newsletter! We are excited to share within this newsletter our accomplishments, many feature events, and most importantly, how you can be a part of our musical tradition. A common theme you will notice throughout this newsletter is our commitment to student success.

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UTB Mariachi Returns from Russia

UTB Mariachi Ocelotetlán in Russia 

In May 2013, the UTB Mariachi Ocelotetlán, under the direction of Mr. Antonio Briseño went to St. Petersburg, Russia on an invitation by the Herzen State Pedigogical University’ s Music Department. The group gave a concert at the HSPU recital hall and met several Russian faculty and graduate students after the performance.

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Ballatori Receives UT system Regents' Teaching Award

Dr. Cristina Ballatori, Assistant Professor of Flute, was selected as a recipient of the 2013 University of Texas System’s Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA). Dr. Ballatori was one of nine tenure track professors within the UT System selected for this honor, which is offered annually in recognition of faculty members at the nine academic and six UT System health institutions who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction. Faculty members undergo a series of rigorous evaluations by students, peer faculty and external reviewers at both the university and system levels. The review panels consider a range of activities and criteria in their evaluations of a candidate's teaching performance, including classroom expertise, curricula quality, and innovative course development. The Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards are the UT System Board of Regents' highest honor and Dr. Ballatori is only the third music professor, and second music professor from UTB, to receive the award.

Study Aboard

UTB Study Abroad, in collaboration with the Music Department, is planning the second Study Abroad in Vienna program during May Session of 2014. In this program, music students will travel to Vienna, Austria, with music professor Dr. Art Brownlow, to learn about the city’s great composers and musicians, visit places where they lived and worked, learn about the culture that produced such momentous music, and hear concerts and opera performances from some of the greatest musical institutions and venues in the world. This program will be repeated every two years, so that each UTB music student will have at least two opportunities to travel abroad during their university experience.

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