UCO School of Music

The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music already has a reputation for excellence. Now they’re elevating the program to the next level, with Oklahoma City Philharmonic Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate joining the faculty as the newly established Chickasaw Artist in Residence.

Shaping the Next Generation of Musicians

Mickelthwate has always had a passion for working with students. As Artist in Residence, he will conduct the UCO Symphony and mentor graduate conducting students. He will also lead community outreach, especially to Oklahoma’s Native American groups.

Mickelthwate worked closely with First Nations in his previous position in Winnipeg, Canada, and he’s eager to nourish Native American talent here in Oklahoma. UCO and the Chickasaw Nation share his vision. The Chickasaw Nation will fund the new Artist in Residence position and provide scholarships for Native American music students at UCO.

Oklahoma-Centered, Student-Focused Education

Many people are familiar with the popular UCO Jazz Lab performances, but the school also has a strong tradition of nurturing classical talent. Mickelthwate’s addition to the program fills several needs. Current symphony conductor Dr. Ralph Morris is retiring, so the timing for Mickelthwate to step in is ideal. The partnership with the Chickasaw Nation will also help the school extend its outreach to Native American communities. “Our long-term vision is to develop a cultural center for modern indigenous classical music,” says Dr. Rob Glaubitz, Director of the UCO School of Music.

The Edmond community can see Mickelthwate in action at the UCO Symphony’s first 2023-24 concert on October 10, 2023. “We’re all delighted to have Alexander here,” says Rob. “We’re excited for our students to have this opportunity.”

The University of Central Oklahoma is located at 100 N. University Drive in Edmond. Learn more about the UCO School of Music at their website music.uco.edu.

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