Towering Sounds

December 16, 2016

photo of Peter Urquhart at carillon

When it comes to campus traditions, there are few more familiar than the songs that toll from the Thompson Hall tower every morning at 11. Listen for a moment and you might hear a familiar tune — the theme from “Harry Potter,” perhaps, or, during the holiday season, a Christmas carol. This week, though, you may want to listen a little more closely as you walk through campus. That’s because 10 new student and staff compositions will make a ringing debut on the carillon.

Peter Urquhart, associate professor of music, has been the UNH carilloneur since 2000. Earlier this year, Urquhart began seeking submissions for the university’s second carillon composition contest. It was a way to make the instrument part of UNH’s sesquicentennial celebrations, as well as a way to draw attention to it.

He received submissions from undergraduates, graduate students and even staff members. Urquhart’s Music Theory II class chose the top 10 submissions, and the winning compositions began chiming across campus on Dec. 9.

One of the winners is Nate Faro ’15 ’16G, whose composition is based partly on a piece he’s writing for the UNH Wind Symphony. The symphony references UNH songs like “The Alma Mater” and “The New Hampshire Hymn,” and Faro had written a part for orchestral bells that he eventually scrapped.

“I feel like I’ve made a bit of a mark on the university,” he says. “It’s a really nice feeling when you have your own composition played, especially when you hear it ringing across campus.”

edited from a story by Larry Clow

Read the full story in UNH Today.

Watch Video: Behind the Music

New Climate Change Exhibit in Portsmouth Features UNH Faculty, Students

October 18, 2016
Globe #6 by Alexandra Caggiano

Globe #6 by Alexandra Caggiano

The UNH Department of Art and Art History will participate in a collaborative exhibition devoted to the theme of climate change that will run from October 21 to November 12, 2016 at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, N.H. Since last year, the department has been working with NextGen Climate NH and 3S Artspace to develop an exhibition of art works by current students, alumni, technical staff and faculty. All art works in “Rise: Climate Change in Our World” will address the topic of climate change. According to Prof. Craig Hood, chair of the Department of Art and Art History, the exhibition is an “unprecedented undertaking by the art department in collaboration with NextGen Climate NH, an environmental advocacy organization which proposed the idea for the exhibition, and 3S Artspace, a major art institution in southeastern New Hampshire. We think the topic is important, of course, and hope this sort of collaboration with groups and institutions outside the university community will become a more regular occurrence for our program in the future.”

An opening reception will be held Friday, October 21, 2016 from 5-8 p.m.

Directions to 3S Artspace.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10am-6pm Saturday: 12-5PM Sunday+Monday: CLOSED

Liberal Arts Students Awarded Gilman International Scholarships

August 10, 2016
ulia Krank ’17 (left) and Patrick Sullivan ’17 (right)

Julia Krank ’17 (left) and Patrick Sullivan ’17 (right)

UNH College of Liberal Arts (COLA) students Julia Krank ’17, a dual psychology and justice studies major, and Patrick Sullivan ’17, a dual sociology and justice studies major, are two of approximately 850 American undergraduate students from 324 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Both Krank and Sullivan will be studying abroad this fall semester through the UNH COLA-managed justice studies program in Budapest, Hungary, that allows students to deepen their knowledge of modern European justice systems. Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship abroad costs. UNH student Kimberly Lavoie ’18, a wildlife and conservation biology major, also received a Gilman Scholarship.

UNH students can receive support on their Gilman applications from the Office of National Fellowships. For more information, contact Laura Perille.

Congratulations Class of 2016!

May 20, 2016

students at graduation

The College of Liberal Arts is so very proud of your accomplishments.

Photo by Jeremy Gasowski, UNH Communications and Public Affairs

New Sculpture on the Great Lawn

May 12, 2016

Two students in Prof. Akiyama’s sculpture workshop course have installed public sculpture on the Great Lawn on campus. These are temporary exhibits that will be taken down within the next few weeks.

Laurel Sargent created “This is my Ashtray,” which, she says, was “inspired by the girl who threw her cigarette on the ground rather than in an open can.”


large sculptural cigarettes


Shannon Roberston’s work is called “Too Small For Eyes.” She says her sculpture “explores the perception of  knowing and being known to others in appearance and acquaintance, but with the isolation that comes from the absence of further genuine connection.”




Finding Her Voice

May 9, 2016

In this video, English major Samantha Granville ’16 shares how she found her voice at UNH and how a scholarship arrived in the nick of time.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

New CD: 3 O’Clock Jazz Band

April 29, 2016

CD cover

The University of New Hampshire 3 O’Clock Jazz Band, a student ensemble, has released a CD called “A Time for Celebration.” It was recorded in the Paul Creative Arts Center on November 24, 2015 and was edited, produced and directed by assistant professor of music Nathan Jorgensen. Guest artists on the recording are professor emeritus of music Dave Seiler on alto sax and professor of music Robert Stibler on trumpet.

Among the CD’s eight tracks are two original compositions commissioned for the band in honor of Seiler, who led the jazz program at UNH for 43 years: “A Time of Celebration” by John Clayton and “Irreggaeular Blues” by John La Barbera. The compositions are the first two to be written for the “Dave Seiler Commissioning Project,” an initiative started by Jorgensen that annually commissions a big band composition by a leading composer to be performed by the 3 O’Clock Jazz Band. Other tracks on the CD include “I Thought About You,” “Blues for Itchy,” “My Man Benny,” “Early Light,” “Beautiful Love” and “One July Midnight.”

Contact the music department to purchase the CD.

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