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Zacharella Performs at Symposium and Tour

Zacharella Performs at Symposium and Tour(Posted: June 18, 2014)

A performance in Georgia of a commissioned musical piece in addition to a two-week tour in China ensures that University of Arkansas - Fort Smith faculty member Dr. Alexandra Zacharella is having a busy summer.

Zacharella, who lives in Fort Smith and is an associate professor of low brass, will represent UAFS at the Southeast Trombone Symposium at Columbus State University June 28 as part of a group presenting the world premiere of a piece composed by world-renowned composer Anthony Barfield.

Twenty-five professors from colleges across the United States will perform the piece, each of them from a university that helped to fund its creation. Some of the universities and organizations participating in the commission include the University of Alabama, Boston College, Texas Tech University and members of the Atlanta Symphony.

UAFS became involved in the project after Dr. Bradley Palmer, professor of trombone at CSU, started the commission and asked Zacharella to be a part of it. The music department requested UAFS Foundation funds to help support the endeavor.

"It's the first time that the University has commissioned a piece like this, so I thought it would be a neat project to be a part of," Zacharella said, adding that the University plans to commission more pieces in the future.

Luke Alexander of Greenland, a senior music education major and one of Zacharella's students, will attend the symposium, and Zacharella said she hopes to take the UAFS trombone choir to future events.

In addition to the symposium, Zacharella will travel to China July 6-19 to perform on a tour with the All-American Trombone Choir, with performances in cities such as Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore.

Zacharella was invited back to the tour after participating in the International Trombone Festival in Paris in 2012, and the choir will include members from the Southeast Trombone Symposium. She said the group will play a variety of music on the tour.

"We'll basically play everything from Beethoven to Dixieland," she said. "I'm just really excited to be invited back to perform with such talented musicians, and it's great that my dean and chancellor support this kind of activity."

Zacharella, a New Jersey native who moved to Fort Smith in 2007, has taught in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at UAFS for seven years. She has bachelor's degrees in trombone performance and music education from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford (Conn.) and a master's degree in trombone performance from the University of Michigan's School of Music. She is a graduate of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and completed a doctorate in trombone performance with minors in music education, conducting and jazz studies. Zacharella is a Bach performing artist and plays on Warburton mouthpieces.

Article by: John Post, Public Relations Assistant

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