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August 11, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler
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UT Tyler Names New Director for School of Performing Arts

Thrasher

Dr. Michael Thrasher has been named the new director for The University of Texas at Tyler School of Performing Arts, formerly the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Dr. Alisa White, College of Arts and Sciences dean, announced.

As director, Thrasher will oversee the music and theater programs.

“The Department of Art and Art History will be moving to new facilities in December, and the department will be moving out of what was the School of Visual and Performing Arts,” said White. “The school, then, was renamed the School of Performing Arts to reflect the change.”

Thrasher also will hold academic duties as an associate professor of music at UT Tyler, teaching applied clarinet classes and music history.

He comes to UT Tyler after serving as associate professor of music at North Dakota State University where served as director of recruitment and admissions for the music department and taught applied clarinet and courses in graduate-level musicology.

“I’m delighted that Dr. Michael Thrasher joined UT Tyler as the new director of the School of Performing Arts,” White added. “His credentials as a musicologist and his experience with student recruitment at North Dakota State University are a good match for the school.”

Thrasher also previously served at North Central Texas College, Dallas Baptist University and Bridgeport Independent School District in Bridgeport, Texas.

He holds a bachelor of music education degree with an emphasis in clarinet performance from Northwestern State University. Thrasher also holds a master of music degree and doctor of musical arts, both from the University of North Texas.

He maintains an active schedule as a recitalist and chamber musician, appearing in venues throughout Central and Western United States.  

Memberships include International Clarinet Association and National Association of Schools of Music. He has served as a state chair for both ICA and National Association of College Wine and Percussion Instructors.

For more information about the UT Tyler School of Performing Arts, visit http://www.uttyler.edu/music/.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

 

 
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