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Joel Thompson is named Houston Grand Opera’s first full-time Composer-in-Residence

A doctoral student at Yale School of Music with an American Prize for Choral Composition and an Emmy Award to his name, Joel Thompson wrote his first opera for Houston Grand Opera this past season. That opera was The Snowy Day, with libretto by Andrea Davis Pinkney and based on the classic Caldecott Medal-winning children’s … Continue reading “Joel Thompson is named Houston Grand Opera’s first full-time Composer-in-Residence”

A new dance project honors Black Texas heroes, families, and the towns they created

Shankleville, Texas was founded by Jim and Winnie Shankle in Deep East Texas. Both born into slavery in the early 1800s, the Shankles were known as the first Blacks in Newton County to buy land and become local leaders upon emancipation – establishing Shankleville as one of the many Freedom Colonies in Texas settled by … Continue reading “A new dance project honors Black Texas heroes, families, and the towns they created”

MFAH’s Glassell School of Art has a new director – Paul Coffey, Chicago arts educator and leader

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has appointed Paul Coffey, a longtime educator and administrator at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as the new director of its Glassell School of Art. Coffey begins his role on July 18, 2022. He succeeds Joseph Havel, who retires on June 30 to return full-time to … Continue reading “MFAH’s Glassell School of Art has a new director – Paul Coffey, Chicago arts educator and leader”

Flamenco scholar Dr. M. Gabriela Estrada joins University of Houston’s dance faculty

The University of Houston Dance Program recently named to its full-time faculty Dr. M. Gabriela Estrada, a bilingual multidisciplinary educator, choreographer, journalist, and filmmaker. Estrada begins her position as Assistant Professor of Dance in fall 2022. She was one of 60 national candidates who applied for the opening vacated by longtime faculty member, Rebecca Valls, … Continue reading “Flamenco scholar Dr. M. Gabriela Estrada joins University of Houston’s dance faculty”

Jones Hall’s $50 million renovation plan could help Houston arts recover from the pandemic

This summer, Jones Hall continues major renovations that will aim to improve acoustics, backstage technology, ADA accessibility, restrooms, and more – and potentially help Houston arts groups recover from the pandemic. The projected $50 million renovation plan – which builds upon renovations made in 2020 and 2021 – will take place primarily in summer months … Continue reading “Jones Hall’s $50 million renovation plan could help Houston arts recover from the pandemic”

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