Two Distinguished Professors Join Department of Music

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The Department of Music is pleased to welcome two new faculty members — Katey J. Halbert and Jessica Vansteenburg — to the U of A.

Hornist Katey J. Halbert’s vibrant personality and passion for music inspire both as a teacher and performer. A new resident to Northwest Arkansas, Halbert will be the visiting assistant professor of horn starting this fall. Her career over the last decade has been highlighted by numerous unique and engaging musical experiences she hopes to share with her students.

As a performer, she has been a featured soloist at numerous festivals and conferences, many of whom have focused on representation of women in music, such as the International Women’s Brass Conference and the Women Composer’s Festival at Hartford. As a chamber musician she has been a member of the nonprofit organization The Wild Prairie Winds for the last four years, working towards goals such as prairie conservation awareness and accessible music education.

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