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'Improbable Ensemble' to Perform at Upcoming Events

A quartet of UNC Charlotte music students will perform at two international conferences during the month of July: the International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), which will take place July 5 - 9 in San Francisco, and the International Society for Music Education (ISME) 32nd World Conference on Music Education, which will be July 24 - 29 in Glasgow, Scotland. The participating students are Mitchell Stokes, Faith Foster, Kelsey Sexton and Dawn Carpenter. The quartet will be the only ensemble to perform at the ICMPC in San Francisco.

Trained by Jonathan Govias, director of orchestras, the students have learned to perform chamber works without any visual contact with each other. Unlike the more traditional chamber music staging of musicians facing one another to maximize eye contact, the students of the "Improbable Ensemble" sit with their backs to each other, forcing them to listen more intently to each other to perform with precision. Govias will present his research on their process at the ISME World Conference.

Film Receives Regional Emmy Nomination

UNC Charlotte researcher Margaret Quinlan and colleagues received a regional Emmy nomination for the film "Creative Abundance," which explores how art can redefine vocational opportunities and expand the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Quinlan, an associate professor in communication studies and core faculty with the Interdisciplinary Health Psychology doctoral program, is a co-producer on the film. She was nominated by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the category "Documentary – Cultural/Topical," along with lead producer Lynn Harter, professor, Scripps College of Communication, Ohio University; and Evan Shaw, chief videographer / editor, WOUB.

“It is a huge honor in so many ways,” Quinlan said. “It is an honor that the individuals in the film allowed us to tell their stories. This documentary draws from years of research. Dr. Harter invited me into a research project she was working on in 2003 related to disability and sheltered workshops. My passion for creating these films started with that work over a decade ago.”