Dr. Randal Rushing, Director of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, who serves on
the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools of Music., was recently
elected chair of Region 8, comprised of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
In January 2014 Professor Susan Owen-Leinert traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii for the
12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education to give a workshop about the exciting research and publication of her critically
acclaimed edition of the complete Lieder of "the forgotten master" Louis Spohr.
On her new recording, Musica de Camera, Lily Afshar is joined by colleagues from the
University of Memphis as she explores the relationship between literature and the guitar. According to Afshar,
"I love the record company I've worked with. I've released 3 CDs with them so far,
Archer Records. And it's just that I feel like I'm free and can develop here and am
reaching my goals." For the past 24 years, Afshar has called Memphis home. Serving
as head of the guitar department at the University of Memphis has allowed her the
flexibility to learn and grow as a musician.
Dr. Victor Santiago Asunción, associate professor of piano at the Rudi E. Scheidt
School of Music, has been named a Steinway Artist by Steinway and Sons. This puts Asunción in the company of past piano virtuosi such as Vladimir Horowitz
and Sergei Rachmaninoff, and of today's most renowned pianists including Mitsuko Uchida
and Yuja Wang.
In May, Dr. Kevin Sanders performed as principal tuba with the Macau Orchestra and the Macau Brass Quintet and traveled with the orchestra to perform at the 2013
Seoul International Music Festival in South Korea.
Dr. Thomas C. Ferguson, former Director of Bands (1962-1974), composer of the University of Memphis Fight Song, jazz educator, and
performer, passed away August 31 in Las Vegas, NV. The School of Music extends our
condolences to his family, friends, and the alumni with whom he made such wonderful