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Packed Houses. Dr. Mark Bartley, assistant professor of music and director of orchestral activities, introduced live cinema to the University community with the presentation of the 1929 classic The Phantom of the Opera. It proved to be so popular that the 1931 movie City Lights was presented the following year. Bartley also packed the house with a spring presentation of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The Amarillo Boy Choir, the Canyon High School Chorale and a trio of soloists joined the WTAMU choirs, dance ensemble and symphony orchestra for the classical work.

National Stage. West Texas A&M University student Kyle Davis is one of five students selected from across the country to conduct at the National Conference of the College Orchestra Conductors Association at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Davis, a senior music major from Midland, and four other students were chosen to conduct the Brigham Young Chamber Orchestra and the Brigham Young Symphony in a variety of music at the national conference.

Record Appearance. The WTAMU Symphonic Band has every right to blow its horn, especially after its performance at the 2008 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) annual convention. The band’s appearance marks the 12th time the band has been selected from a blind audition to perform at the TMEA event. It also puts the band in a league of its own as the only University band in the state of Texas to make a record number of TMEA appearances.

Role Playing. Dr. Cloyce Kuhner, associate professor of music, has spent more than 15 seasons as a member of the cast of Texas.

Associate Conductor. Dr. Mark Bartley, assistant professor of music and director of orchestral activities, is the associate conductor of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra (ASO). He directs the Amarillo Youth Symphony and serves as cover conductor by preparing the ASO for subscription concerts, conducts performances of The Nutcracker, Kinderkonzerts and Concerts for Young People.

It’s Original. An original composition by Dr. Daniel Hall, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, was performed at New York City’s Lincoln Center by the National Festival Chorus. The composition, “A Dream of a Blessed Spirit,” also was performed by all-state choruses in Kentucky, Arizona and Georgia.