The Department of Music hosts a number of concert and event series each academic year. While some series are quite active with performances, others are more conentrated on specific areas of music experiences. The Department continues to develop these series as outreach for the community as well as campus-focused activities including lectures, performances, and workshops.
UAMusic is proud to present the many amazing artists from the faculty of music in the Accent Series. The majority of these concerts are housed in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall on the UA Fayetteville campus. The community and UAMusic students benefit from a stellar line-up of these outstanding musicians and teachers.
The Fulbright Chamber Music Series, led by Professor of Violin Dr. Er-Gene Kahng, brings internationally acclaimed string musicians to Northwest Arkansas. Concerts in the series are held throughout the region. Previous performances have been held at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, and the Guisinger Music House. Origionally invisioned as a summer series, the Fulbright Chamber Music Series now spans the year.
LIVE is a free concert series presented by the Walmart Museum, the Department of Music, and Downtown Bentonville, Inc. Concerts in the series take place on the downtown Bentonville Square outside the Walmart Museum. The series features performers connected to the University of Arkansas with special guests each summer including High School musicians, local musicians, and guests of faculty members.
RefleXions Music Series is a celebration of music, musicians, advocates and audiences, and fosters creative justice and diversity through opportunities to reflect, learn, grow, change and teach. RefleXions Music Series propagates sound and messages; expresses the highest standards of music and artistic interpretation; reverses the dynamics of Eurocentric standards; carefully considers contexts, intersectionality, relationships and crossroads with other disciplines; and represents diverse identities.
SHE began in 2019 as a celebration of the contributions and artisty of women in music. The festival is presented in March each year in conjunction with Women's History Month. SHE includes performances, lectures, and masterclasses featuring the music of people who identify as women and non-binary individuals. The festival has brought over a dozen guest artists and lecturers to campus and featured both faculty and student performers.
UArk Jazz Festival
2023 is the first year in the reinvisioned UArk Jazz Festival hosted in Northwest Arkansas. Guest artists visit the University of Arkansas campus for performance classes and concerts, area high school jazz bands perform, and the UArk jazz ensembles and jazz faculty perform.