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In the live music capital, Texas Performing Arts composes a contemporary vision for classical music performance by commissioning new works

In the live music capital, Texas Performing Arts composes a contemporary vision for classical music performance by commissioning new works

PHOTO Texas Performing Arts Director Kathy Panoff knows how much of the general public would define classical music. “Music by dead white guys played by symphony orchestras,” says Panoff, a trained concert flutist. “The word ‘classical’ has been very narrowly defined, when classical music is truly like any other type of music, whether it’s indie…   » Continue Reading

Advising corps sends university grads to high schools and helps low-income students into college

Advising corps sends university grads to high schools and helps low-income students into college

I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. The bad news first -– Texas has a critical shortage of school guidance counselors and this means many students who are academically capable of getting into college but need help with the application process won’t end up attending. To make matters worse, the schools most affected…   » Continue Reading

With help of mentors, students find new paths to graduate school

With help of mentors, students find new paths to graduate school

Human biology major Justin Jefferson snaps on a pair of bright blue rubber gloves as he prepares to give an informal tour to a recent visitor at a University of Texas at Austin animal behavior research laboratory. The 20-year-old sophomore moves with ease from room to room—one minute inspecting small vials of bloodless brain tissue…   » Continue Reading