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Dr. Thomas King, professor of music, has completed his second summer as artistic director of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, with a record number of 139 participants. The entire program, devoted to intensive music and German language studies, includes more than 300 people in faculty, staff, orchestra and participants. King has taught for the program for more than 20 years and was a participant himself in 1980.
Dr. Thomas King, professor of music, has completed his second summer as artistic director of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, with a record number of 139 participants. The entire program, devoted to intensive music and German language studies, includes more than 300 people in faculty, staff, orchestra and participants. King has taught for the program for more than 20 years and was a participant himself in 1980.

Dr. Sharon Mabry, professor of music, was the featured recitalist and lecturer for the National Association of Teachers of Singing New England Region Summer Conference held Aug. 5-7 at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. She presented a recital of contemporary American art song and demonstrated the use of experimental vocal techniques in a two-hour Friday night session. On Saturday and Sunday, she lectured on topics of current research in vocal techniques from her book, “Exploring Twentieth Century Vocal Music,” published by Oxford University Press. In addition, she presented a master class and worked with advanced singers from several universities from the New England Region. Patsy Wade, Austin Peay's music department staff accompanist, accompanied Mabry at the piano and demonstrated contemporary techniques related to piano accompaniment of avant garde music. More than 300 singers and voice teachers attended the conference from the regions' major music schools.

Dr. Norbert Puszkar, assistant professor of German, gave a paper on Ludwig Tieck's “Der blonde Eckbert” at the annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism on Aug. 15 in Montreal, Canada.