Auditions set for State of LA Danse

August 25, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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Auditions for this year’s State of LA Danse will take place Wednesday, September 2, 2015 in McLaurin Hall Studio 103. Personal warm-ups will begin at 5 p.m. with the auditions beginning at 6 p.m.

All advanced students are welcome to audition,  and all participants must be 15 years old or older. Pointe shoes are required.

Casting will be posted on the call board in McLaurin Hall on Thursday, September 3. The rehearsal schedule is anticipated to be Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 5 – 8 p.m., and Fridays from 3- 6 p.m.

The State of LA Danse performance this year will be Act II of Swan Lake in conjunction with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.

Please contact Marie Broussard with additional questions at (337) 482-1187 or

UL Dance Guild to host open house and registration

August 25, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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Experience dance like never before! Fun and affordable, the Dance Guild at UL offers classes for all ages taught by UL faculty members. Visit or call 337-482-6357 for more information.

Open House/Registration Day will be held August 29, 2015 from 10 a.m. – noon at McLaurin Hall. Come meet the teachers, see the facility, and get more information on classes!

Enroll today and watch your child develop and explore his or her own creativity through moving freely; creative dance and ballet classes will help your child develop important motor skills and boost their emotional and physical well-being. Our goal is to provide professional level classes to every child or adult who wants to learn to dance. There are no recital or costume fees, only an informal showing for family and friends at the conclusion of the sessions. The Guild provides valuable teacher training for UL Lafayette Performing Arts Majors with a concentration in Dance. Scholarships available to students with financial need.

Dance with Me (2 – 3 years old)
Fridays – 9:00am – 9:45am

Creative Movement (4 – 7 years old)
Wednesdays – 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Ballet (8 – 12 years old)
Wednesdays – 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Adult Ballet
Wednesdays – 6:30pm – 7:30pm

*All four classes will run for an 8-week session, beginning September 9th and closing November 6th.
*All classes will be held at McLaurin Hall in Room 104.
*Tuition for the 8 weeks is $59 for the children’s classes and $70 for the adult ballet class.

Auditions for “Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike”

August 20, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The Performing Arts Department is holding auditions August 27 at 6:00 p.m. in Burke Theatre. A sign-up sheet for audition slots will be posted to the callboard in McLaurin Hall. Those auditioning are asked to bring no more than two total minutes of audition material (either a 2-minute monologue or two contrasting 1-minute monologues).

These are general departmental auditions that will serve the directing students in casting scenes and aid the fall capstone team in filling out the cast of Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike. Interviews for production assignments with Art and VVanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike will also take place at the same time.

All theatre majors are required to participate, even if they are already cast in Art or if they have already been assigned a production role, etc.

Celebrate Professor Lynda Frese’s Artist-in-Residency

May 4, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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Celebrate the work that visual arts professor, Lynda Frese, has produced during her residency with musician David Greely at the Shadows on the Teche home in New Iberia. A preview party will take place Friday, May 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. that will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by the French Press. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at or by calling (337) 369-6446. On Saturday, May 9 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., there will be an art exhibition, musical performances, and a variety of presentations. A suggested donation of $5 is appreciated.

The Shadows is a classic revival-style home built in 1834 in the historic downtown New Iberia. It is a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is located at 317 East Main Street, New Iberia, Louisiana.

To learn more, visit

School of Music and Performing Arts Presents An Evening of Dance

April 13, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The UL Lafayette School of Music and Performing Arts Dance Program presents An Evening of Dance April 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 pm and April 19 at 2:00 pm in the Burke Hawthorne Theatre on the UL Lafayette campus.  An Evening of Dance is the eagerly awaited annual dance showcase that premieres the original choreography of students in the UL Lafayette Dance Program. These adjudicated dances are both choreographed and performed by Performing Arts majors with a concentration in dance and dancers from the Acadiana community. The 2015 production of An Evening of Dance promises to be an evening of concert dance that is thoughtfully diverse in its subject matter and richly innovative in its approach.

Tickets for An Evening of Dance will be available at Burke Hawthorn Theatre one hour prior to each performance or online at General admission to the performance is $10.00. Senior Citizens, UL Lafayette Alumni and children under 18 years of age are $5.00. UL Lafayette students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge with a their valid UL Lafayette ID. For more information call 337-482-6357. This event is sponsored in part by the UL Lafayette Student Government Association.

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Visual Arts Department Presents BFA Senior Exhibitions

March 25, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Department of Visual Arts proudly announces three upcoming 2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibitions scheduled in March and April. The exhibitions will be held in the Fletcher Hall Gallery (formally the University Art Museum on the second floor of Fletcher Hall) for the first time after a decade of exhibiting at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum.

The first of three exhibitions opens Wednesday, March 25 (with an evening reception from 6 – 8 p.m.) and will run through Wednesday, April 1. Admission is free and open to the public.

The first exhibition features the work of nine graduating seniors including Brittany Boudreaux, Dylan Faul, Robert Richard, and Molly Thornton concentrating in Graphic Design, Lacey Hargroder in Ceramics, Shaniqua Pierre-August in Photography, Brittany Salsman in Media Arts, Aaron Taylor in Computer Animation, and Cayla Zeek in Painting. Additional information will be forthcoming for the two exhibitions and participating artists scheduled April 16 – 21 and April 24 – 29.

Visual Arts Department majors are required to complete two three-hour courses throughout the senior year devoted to the development of independent studio research and to the preparation of professional skills and career goals. The two semesters are structured to foster self-discovery through rigorous and sustained studio experimentation, moving toward the cultivation of a body of work and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Exhibition.

Fletcher Hall is located at the corner of East Lewis Street and Girard Park Circle. Inquiries may be directed to the Visual Arts Department at 337-482-6056.

UL Performing Arts Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

March 10, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The UL Lafayette School of Music and Performing Arts is proudly presenting a production of William Shakespeare’s acclaimed play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on March 19, 20, 21, 27, and 28 in Burke Theatre on UL’s campus. An additional performance has been added on March 29 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at Admission is free for UL students, faculty, and staff.

After nearly a decade, Professor Sara Birk, the director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, claims that it was high time for a Shakespeare play to be produced by UL Lafayette’s Performing Arts program. “Giving actors who are training as theatre artists exposure to and experience with this material is absolutely critical,” Birk says. “Actors will be expected to be familiar with this kind of material, so to create an opportunity for our students to delve deeply into this kind of work is important.”

Shakespeare is known for his use of colorful and often ambiguous language, sometimes leaving audiences bewildered at the meaning of poetic lines. Birk admits that the language is always a challenge when conquering Shakespeare’s work. She feels a great responsibility to help craft a performance that is accessible and will allow people to find the life and entertainment in the piece. Prof. Birk says, “The actors are doing a beautiful job of handling the language of the play and creating performances that are emotionally connected and lively.” Andre LaFleur, a UL student actor in the play, says that although Birk has chosen to give the production a prohibition America look, none of the language was spared, as the director is truly a purist. Being no stranger to this type of writing, LaFleur argues that there is much depth in Shakespeare’s language that is thrilling for an actor to discover but challenging to convey to an audience.

Nevertheless, audiences will be able to both comprehend and enjoy the play. It encompasses elements of magic, fantasy, and comedy with a splash of true Shakespearian drama. “People can relate to love and the joys and heartache that [Midsummer] provokes in us,” Birk says. Due to Shakespeare’s universality and timelessness, his plays have a relevant message for contemporary audiences. The director revels in the fact that the cast of over 20 UL students truly claimed the show as their own, making their performances funny, enjoyable, and truthful. The production is in the midst of adding lights, sound, costumes, and all the other elements that will come together to create what is sure to be a brilliant production of a great play.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is part of Festival of the Arts, a two-week celebration of the innovative, creative work by faculty, students, and community partners at UL Lafayette and in the local community. The festival will run March 14 – 29 at various locations on campus and around Lafayette.

College of the Arts presents Festival of the Arts and ArTech Fusion

March 2, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The UL College of the Arts will host the annual Festival of the Arts March 14 – 29 at various locations on UL’s campus and around the community. The Festival of the Arts is a two-week celebration of the innovative, creative work by faculty, students, and community partners at UL Lafayette and in the local community.

This year’s festival will include a fashion runway show, live music performances, a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, public lectures, artist workshops, a fountain installation, and so much more. For a complete list of events, go to

The College of the Arts will also present ArTech Fusion on Friday, March 20, 2015, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. This event will feature performances and talks that promote and highlight the dynamic relationship between the arts and technology. Tickets for ArTech Fusion can be purchased online at or by calling 482-6224.

The third annual ArTech Fusion will take place Friday, March 20, 2015, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. ArTech Fusion will feature performances and talks that promote and highlight the dynamic relationship between the arts and technology, specifically the relationships between digital, handmade, and hybrid art. Premiere performances will feature video, dance, building, stop motion, theatre, and music. The College of the Arts will honor the SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Eddie Cazayoux, FAIA.

Tickets are $5 for UL students, $10 for UL faculty, and $20 for general admission. Purchase tickets online at or by calling (337) 482-6224.

Full List of Festival of the Arts events:

Sunday, March 1 – 31:

Ashley Nason Exhibit

Dean’s Gallery, Fletcher Hall 202, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, March 9 – 22:

High School Art Exhibit (Lafayette District)

Gallery, Fletcher Hall 207, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 14:

SOAD Design Day

Fletcher Hall 202, 8:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Faculty Chamber Music Recital

Angelle Hall Choral Room 153, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17:

H2 Sax Quartet (Guest Artist)

Angelle Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18:

Tribute to Eddie Cazayoux (Oubre; LaSala; Tate; Smith)

Fletcher Hall 134, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Thursdays – Saturdays, March 19, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Burke Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 20:

Pliny Fisk

Fletcher Hall 134, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

ArTech Fusion

Acadiana Center for the Arts, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 21:

UL Chorale and Chamber Singers Spring Concert

Angelle Hall, 6:00 p.m.

L’eau de la Danse (Fountain Installation)
The Great Lawn of the University Art Museum, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 22:

David Small (Guest Artist)

St. Barnabas, 3:00 p.m.

Monday, March 23:

William Tate

Fletcher Hall 134, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

SOAD Fashion Show
Acadiana Center for the Arts, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 25:

Barbara Minor (Artist Workshop)

Fletcher Hall Metals Studio, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Barbara Minor

Fletcher Hall 134, 11:00 a.m.

VIAR Senior Show #1

Gallery, Fletcher Hall 207, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 26:

Dr. Cain Budds (Guest Artist – Guitar)
Angelle Hall Choral Room 153, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 27:

Big Band Concert (Percussion)

Angelle Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 28:

UL Wind Ensemble

The Bayou Church, 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 29:

A Day of Percussion

Angelle Hall

Wind Ensemble to Premiere African Drum Performance “Congo Square”

February 23, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The UL Wind Ensemble will present the premiere of “Congo Square” on Friday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Angelle Hall. This performance is for African Drum Quartet and Wind Ensemble.

Composer James Syler will be on campus two days before the event to interact with UL students, and author Freddi Williams Evans will give a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 p.m. Her book Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans, published by University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, served as an important resource and inspiration for Syler’s new work. During Syler’s visit to campus, he will hear his new piece for the very first time, in rehearsal with UL students.

Dr. William Hochkeppel hopes that this will be an event that interests many members of the UL and Lafayette community. The first band to perform is the Symphonic Winds conducted by Dr. Eric Melley, which features music by Holst and others. After intermission, the UL Wind Ensemble (conducted by Dr. Hochkeppel) will do a program of five works. After an opening Fanfare, the premiere of “Congo Square” will take place. A few program highlights include: Ecstatic Fanfare by Steven Bryant, Overture for Winds by Felix Mendelssohn, Fantasia in G Major by J.S. Bach, and Dance for the New World by Dana Wilson.

The UL Band is a member of the consortium commissioning project by San Antonio composer, James Syler, who also wrote Storyville (two historic places in New Orleans jazz). While The University of MD has the honor of the world premiere on the very same day, UL’s performance in Angelle Auditorium takes place just one hour later.  The work will also be featured at the new “Music For All” Regional Festival in March, when the Wind Ensemble is the featured ensemble.

Guest Artists Project Trio to Perform with the UL Symphony

February 2, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The internationally-acclaimed “Project Trio” will will present a concert on Friday, February 20, 7:30 pm in Angelle Hall Auditorium.  From beat box flute “Inspector Gadget” to the “William Tell Overture”, you won’t want to miss this special performance. They will be joined by the UL Symphony and over 100 pre-college string students from all over Louisiana as part of the annual “String Day Concert” at UL.  The trio will present workshops throughout the day for UL music students and pre-college string students prior to 7:30 pm concert.  This event is sponsored by the UL Concert Series and UL Symphony.

Combining the virtuosity of world-class artists with the energy of rock stars, PROJECT Trio is breaking down traditional ideas of chamber music. The genre-defying Trio is acclaimed by the press as “packed with musicianship, joy and surprise” and “exciting a new generation of listeners about the joys of classical and jazz music.”
Gramophone Magazine recently singled out the group as “an ensemble willing and able to touch on the gamut of musical bases ranging from Baroque to nu-Metal and taking in pretty much every stylism in between,” while The Wall Street Journal hailed the Trio for their “wide appeal, subversive humor and first-rate playing.” The New York Times has called beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo “the best in the world at what he does.”

The Trio was forged out of a collective desire to draw new and diverse audiences by performing high energy, top quality music. Using social media to broaden their reach beyond the concert stage and classroom, the Trio has its own YouTube channel, which has over 80 million views and 96,000 subscribers, making PROJECT Trio one of the most watched instrumental ensembles on the internet.

Highlights of the Trio’s 2014-15 season include engagements with the Detroit, Dallas, St. Louis, and Charleston Symphonies, the Illinois Philharmonic, and season opening concerts with the Evansville Philharmonic and WCF Symphony. This season, the Trio will participate in residencies/performances at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, Mercyhurst College and Concordia College and other venues throughout the Germany, Italy, and United States.
Recent performance highlights include appearances and collaborations with the Charlotte, San Diego, Toronto, Milwaukee, Saint Louis and New Jersey Symphonies, the Britt Festival, the Mainly Mozart Festival and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Their international tours have included concerts in France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Hong Kong. In May 2013, the Trio completed a landmark tour of the former Soviet Union sponsored by the US Department of State.
Project Trio was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and NPR Music’s series, Heavy Rotation, where hosts around the country share a favorite new song. They selected Sweet Pea, from PROJECT’s 2012 Random Roads Collection album, as “one of the best new tunes out there.” In addition to TV and live radio appearances on such programs as Soundcheck on New York’s WNYC, and Sirius XM among others, their music can be heard in Nike and Smart Car commercials. Greg Pattillo recently demonstrated his beatbox style for Jay Leno and performed with the Tonight Show orchestra.
PROJECT Trio’s discography includes six recordings, four live EP’s, and a DVD, PROJECT Trio: Live In Concert. All of these projects are self produced on the ensembles record label, Harmonyville Records. When Will Then Be Now and their catalog-spanning Random Roads Collection, debuted at the top of both the Billboard Canadian and US classical and jazz charts. Like all of the other PROJECT Trio’s recordings, both soared to the top of the iTunes charts. Following up on the success of their first two CDs, Winter in June and Brooklyn, their third disc, Project Trio was acclaimed by Jazz Review as “a glorious celebration of the music of our time.”
The members compose and arrange all of their own music, which they publish on their Harmonyville label. Their repertoire includes pieces for trio as well as several works with orchestra. With a goal to further expand the repertoire for their unique combination of flute, cello and bass, the Trio is collaborating with composer Adam Schoenberg on a concerto commissioning project for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons and launched the annual PROJECT Trio Composition Competition, now in its second year.
The Trio is dedicated to arts education, teaching the art and joy of jamming on classical instruments and opening minds to what instruments can do. Engaging younger audiences, PROJECT Trio has performed and led workshops for over 300,000 students on four continents and is instantly recognizable to students of all ages as a result of their YouTube following and appearances on popular TV shows on Nickelodeon and MTV. With specialized curricula for age groups from elementary students through college, their educational programs are adapted to meet the National Standards for Music Education. Taking note of the group’s success in building new audiences, Chamber Music America invited the members to make a presentation on successful audience engagement techniques for the 21st Century at the January 2014 CMA conference in New York City. In the summer, the group runs multiple camps focusing on composition, arranging, improvisation, and 21st century chamber music. The camps are annually held at the Britt Festival in Southern Oregon and New York City.

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Pattillo, Stephenson, and Seymour met at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where they were honored with the 2013 CIM Alumni Achievement Award. Founded in Boulder, Colorado in the summer of 2005, the Trio got its big break in 2006 when Greg Pattillo’s Beatbox Flute video went viral on YouTube, receiving millions of views in its first week. PROJECT Trio has since become one of the world’s most exciting instrumental ensembles.

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