College of Fine Arts

Performances and Events

Our season offers intimate performance experiences that make the creative process visible, ignites the imagination, inspires learning, and promotes civic dialogue.  Want to be on our monthly events email list?  Send your email address to us here!

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COFA Performances Fall 2021:


October 28 – December 2
The Crucible Project

Through deft manipulation, fire, earth, air, and water are made as poetic as they are palpable.
The central tool is the crucible; one of history’s most indelible and pervasive icons for actual and
symbolic transformation. This group exhibition curated by UM’s own Dr. Scott Meyer presents a
creative dialogue between four artists: Kenneth Baskin, Richard Hirsch, Scott Meyer, and Michael Rogers.

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October 28th – December 2nd
Poole Art Gallery at The Center for the Arts

October 28th
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Gallery Talk; Poole Art Gallery at the Center for the Arts

November 21 – December 2
Senior BFA Exhibition; Department of Art

Enjoy a collection of work by senior BFA candidates Megan Boddie and William Wallace.

Megan Boddie

November 21 – December 2
Opening Reception: Nov. 21, 4pm – 6pm
The Gallery at Bloch Hall

November 30
A Montevallo Choral Christmas

Immerse yourself in the warm sound of sacred and secular Christmas music, performed by the acclaimed University of Montevallo Concert Choir, University Chorus, and Festival Orchestra set within the austere beauty of a Colonial Chapel, this evening of traditional arrangements is the perfect way to recall the charm and true magic of the holiday season. Tickets Required.

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November 30th
Lucille Ryals Thompson Colonial Chapel at The American Village

December 2
Wind Ensemble

Features holiday favorites and wind ensemble classics. Directed by Dr. Joe Ardovino. All seats are general admission and available at the door 30 minutes prior to the event.

Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during this event:

December 2nd
On the Rebecca Luker Stage in the DiscoveryShelby Theatre, The Center for the Arts

December 2 – 4
Flatliners – Undergraduate Research Project

Adapted from the 1990 film Flatliners and presented by arrangement with Peter Filardi and SONY Pictures.

Script Adapted by Mercy Pilkington; Directed by Annslyn Pilkington, Senior BFA Theatre major, under the supervision of David Callaghan as part of the Undergraduate Research program. Lyrics by Licee Freeman, Senior Music Major; Music Director Jennifer Hartsell

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Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during this event:

December 2nd – 4th
7:30pm; additional 2:00pm performance on Dec. 4th
Palmer Auditorium; Limited onstage seating


Past Events

September 9 – October 20
Department of Art Faculty Exhibition

For the first time, the faculty present their latest works simultaneously in two galleries. The exhibition features work by faculty emeriti and adjunct faculty spanning across diverse media from drawing, painting, and collage to sculpture, video, installation, photography, and printmaking.

September 13
Faculty Recital: Laurie Middaugh – Chamber Music

September 13, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Music Building

September 20
LeBaron Trio Concert

Join us for an evening with the LaBaron Trio as they perform works by living women composers.
The LeBaron Trio consists of members of the music faculty at the University of Montevallo. Their repertoire spans a wide range of styles and they are advocates for new music. Members are Melanie Williams, soprano, Lori Ardovino, clarinet, and Laurie Middaugh, piano.

September 25
L’Histoire du tango

L’Histoire du Tango is one of the more famous compositions by composer Astor Piazzolla. Part of Piazzolla’s life work was to bring tango from the dance halls of Argentina to the music halls of Europe and America
Performance Features: M. Brent Williams, violin; Warren Samples, cello; Brad Whitfield, clarinet; Eun-Hee Park, piano.

September 28
Faculty Recital: Joseph Ardovino, trumpet

Dr. Joe Ardovino, accompanied by Dr. Laurie Middaugh on piano, will present classics for trumpet by Handel, Arutunian and more. The recital will close with some dixieland jazz selections.

October 5 – 6, 8 – 10
As You Like It

As You Like It By William Shakespeare

Adapted and Directed by Marcus Lane

Follow a cast of characters in this traveling outdoor production of the Shakespeare comedy
classic. The action begins at the Center for the Arts and audiences stroll to nearby campus
locations. Admission is free.

October 14
Guest Artist: Eli Pugh, trumpet

Dr. Elijah Pugh, Instructor of Instrumental Music at Shelton State Community College, will present a recital of classic works for trumpet, performing selections by Enesco, Telemann, Turrin, Bozza, and Arutunian. He will be accompanied on piano by Laurie Middaugh, UM Department of Music staff accompanist.

October 18
Concert Choir and University Chorus

The University of Montevallo Choral Department is excited to welcome you back to the performance hall for the Fall Concert. Featured works will include Bach, Herzogenburg, Miškinis, Hagenberg, Runestad, Willcocks, and many more!

October 21
Wind Ensemble Concert

The ensemble features several pieces from its repertoire, including selections from Johann deMeij’s symphony, Lord of the Rings, and a solo performance by Eun-Hee Park on Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Conducted by Joe Ardovino

October 24 – November 4
Department of Art Student Pop Up Show

Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students have the opportunity to curate and produce their own unique exhibitions twice a year in our galleries, bringing our mission of experiential learning to life. The inaugural show is curated by art major Anna Grace Askelson with faculty member Ryan Foster, and will include the work of approximately ten other students.

October 28
Communication Studies (COMS) Senior Showcase

October 29
Exploring Mass Communication Day

This event undergraduate recruitment event is for invited high schools to explore what the Mass Communications major has to offer.

November 4 – 7

Collaboratively made through research and improvisation by students participating in the Undergraduate Research program under Prof. Michael Walker’s mentorship. The production presents an artistic response to the environmental and health issues of Alabama
and the changing world around us.

November 6
Senior Recital: Gretchen Monson, organ

November 6
Guest Artist: Gail Levinsky, saxophone

Professor of Saxophone at Susquehanna University, Dr. Gail Levinsky will perform contemporary works for saxophone.  Dr. Levinsky will collaborate with Dr. Laurie Middaugh, piano.

November 7
Single Reed Symposium Concert

The final concert of a two-day festival featuring saxophone and clarinet students and enthusiasts performing a variety of chamber music for the clarinet and saxophone.

November 11
Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble will perform a variety of jazz from the swing era to modern popular music including selections Stan Kenton, Les Brown, Aretha Franklin and more. Directed by Dr. Joe Ardovino. All seats are general admission and available at the door 30 minutes prior to the event.

November 12 – 13
Opera Scenes

The Opera Ensemble performs an evening of scenes from operas composed by the world’s greatest composers. A variety of scenes are performed from operas past and present. The scenes are directed by Charles Wood. Laurie Middaugh is the piano accompanist.

November 13
Joint Senior Recital: Taylor Holley, saxophone; Maria Pearce, piano
November 14
Senior Recital: Joe Ardovino, Jr., trumpet

November 15
Instrumental Chamber Ensembles

Students will perform a variety of instrumental chamber music featuring the trumpet ensemble, clarinet quartet, saxophone quartet, string ensemble and percussion ensemble.

November 7 – 18
Senior BFA Exhibition; Department of Art

Enjoy a collection of work by senior BFA candidates Kate Mosely (“Overgrown”), Ashlin Mullenix (“Psyche’s Daughter”), and Aleksander Medenica (“Urban Affection”).

November 17
A Night of Percussion

Senior Recital for Trenton Hopkins, percussion, accompanied by the Percussion Ensemble.

November 18
Senior Recital: Stephanie McGregor, soprano
November 18 – 21
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
Book by Joe Tracz
Music & Lyrics by Rob Rokicki
Adapted from the book THE LIGHTNING THIEF by Rick Riordan
THE LIGHTNING THIEF is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.comDirected by David Callaghan; Music Director Jennifer Hartsell; Fight Director Marcus Lane;
Student Choreographer Annslyn Pilkington

An Alabama premiere! This high energy musical is based on the popular book series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, where Percy, the son of Poseidon, embarks on an epic quest to recover Zeus’ lightning bolt and save the world from monsters and destruction.

November 22
Senior Recital: Laurel Martin, soprano

November 29
Student New Music Concert

This small mixed ensemble will present a recital of new music composed by students in the Composition class taught by Dr. Joseph Landers, as well as an excerpt from Dr. Landers’ new opera “Last Ferry to Camden”.



Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during events should contact the host department or Disability Support Services (205.665.6250, as early as possible. Efforts will be made to accommodate all access requests regardless of timing, but the University cannot guarantee that requests made with less than one week’s notice can be met.