School of Visual and Performing Arts

Congratulations to UT Music and Jazz alumna, Estar Cohen! Estar is one of 15 recipients of The ASCAP Foundation's 2018 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. The program, which was established in 2002 to encourage young gifted jazz composers up to the age of 30, is named in honor of trumpeter/composer/bandleader Herb Alpert in recognition of The Herb Alpert Foundation’s multi-year financial commitment to support this program. Additional funding for this program is provided by The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund. The recipients, who receive cash awards, range in age from 14 to 29, and are selected through a juried national competition. The ASCAP composer/judges for the 2018 competition were: Sylvie Courvoisier, Wycliffe Gordon, and Sachal Vasandani. In addition, one of the recipients of the Herb Alpert Awards will be featured during the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival in August.…/…/01-18-herb-alpert-award-recipients

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers - ASCAP

“‘I Got a Lust for Life’: The Unique Words and Sounds of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan provides a series of panel discussions, poetry readings, and musical performances that reflect the impact of the African American Great Migration on literary and musical expression in the region.

Events begin in Detroit at 10 am, with a panel discussion/musical performance at Wayne State University, then move down to Toledo: for a 2:30 pm poetry reading at the TLCPL Main Library downtown; and a 6:00 pm panel discussion/musical performance at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion.

To find out more about our award-winning line-up of panelists and participants, please visit our website here:

To sign up for free bus transportation between Toledo and Detroit, please sign up on our Facebook event page here:

2018 SVPA Arts Symposium: Multi-Sensory Literacy and Learning

The February 19th symposium will be held in the Lancelot Thompson Student Union, on the main campus of the University of Toledo. Panel and Group Presentations will focus on multi-sensory learning and literacy. Our Featured Speaker will be Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University and Lance Gharavi, Associate Professor and Artistic Director of Theatre in the School of Film, Dance & Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University will deliver our Highlighted Speaker address.

The School of Visual and Performing Arts - Fall 2017

A. Mitchell and Dean Appel at the Undergraduate RRESEARCH - Alexandria Mitchell discusses her photography project, The Blue Box Narrative with Honors Dean, Heidi Appel at the Undergraduate Research Showcase.

UT Symphonic OrchestraPERFORMANCE - Under the baton of Dr. Matthew Forte, the UT Symphonic Orchestra performs Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major Op. 88.

EXHIBITION - The Concepts of Art Studio and Theory class displayed their artworks in a Pop-Up Exhibition at the Secor Building in downtown Toledo.

Performance Religion and Spirituality journalSCHOLARLY ACTIVITY - Dr. Edmund Lingan together with colleagues from Denmark, the UK, and South Korea have launched the PRS online journal. The journal is published in affiliation with the Religion and Theatre focus group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and also the Performance and Religion working group of the International Federation of Theatre Research.


Students and faculty continue to perform, create, write and research about the arts. The SVPA continues to be an ACTIVE place where students, faculty, and staff express themselves and engage with others. We are proud to be a safe place where openness of thought and being are honored and respected. Please join us for an exhibition, musical or theatrical performance, or catch one of the Film Fridays screenings.


Last Updated: 1/29/18