LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 22, 2021) — Even during a pandemic, University of Kentucky School of Music’s most talented instrumentalists not only continued to perform but they also recorded and produced new music. One such album completed during the global pandemic, UK Trombone Studio’s “Global Graffiti: New Music for Trombone,” was released this spring.
Under the leadership of Bradley Kerns, director of undergraduate studies and associate professor, Wildcats in the UK Trombone Studio wrote and recorded 14 new works for trombone in Fall 2020. As many of UK’s students completed studies remotely during the height of the pandemic, the idea was to create accessible unaccompanied compositions.
“I’m so incredibly proud of these students! Recording and producing an album distributed worldwide is impressive enough, but to compose all new works and content for the project is unprecedented,” Kerns said.
The School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, music therapy, composition, and theory and music history.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.