The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Academy of the Arts has scheduled two concerts for April as part of the Academy’s On Stage series: one featuring contemporary classical music and the other popular ‘50s songs.

The concerts are:

April 10: Music from the New World

The Academy of the Arts Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert titled "Music from the New World" at 3 p.m. April 10 in Breedlove Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.

The performance will include music by Aaron Copland, Paul Creston, Leroy Anderson, and the world premiere of a new orchestral piece by Joshua Floyd, administrative specialist in the Academy. Featured Academy faculty include Gini Law, piano accompanist; and Alice Sanders, adjunct faculty, along with brass and woodwind chamber ensembles consisting of UAFS interns and high school students.

Fred Mayer will serve as conductor for the concert. Mayer performs frequently, teaches community ensembles and private lessons, and is the director of Berryville Symphony.

Students participating include:

Barling: Carly Austin.

Fort Smith: Josue Adiel-Saucedo, Emily Bieker, Andy Clark, Arykah Cotton, Abby Cutsinger, Ryan Cutsinger, Gwendolyn Daniels, Ashley Gipson, Alianna Hackworth, Persephone Himes, Karla Juarez, Kaleb Longoria, Kyten Longoria, Alexis Newman, Kennedy Ryan, Fionna Teoh and Lucas Teoh.

Greenwood: Andrew Morgan.

Mena: Josiah Chiapparo, Mercy Chiapparo and Merribeth Christopher.

Sallisaw, Okla.: Madolyn Mayo.

Van Buren: Ashley Lewis, Hannah Martin, Patrick Martin and Sean Walters.

April 21: Rock Around the Clock

"Rock Around the Clock," a concert performed by children’s choirs, drum ensembles and dance groups from local elementary schools, will take place at 7 p.m. April 21 in Breedlove Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.

Attendees will hear popular songs such as "Rockin’ Robin," "Rock Around the Clock" and "Catch a Falling Star," in addition to a drum ensemble performance. Performers will be dressed in ‘50s attire including poodle skirts, letter jackets, slicked-back hair and ponytails.

Academy faculty for the show include Mollie Armour, choir; JR Bergenstock, choir; Kirsten Binns, choir; Hachya Franklin, drums; Gini Law, choir; Eric Williams, dance.

Students from Ballman, Barling, Cavanaugh, Euper Lane, Fairview, Howard and Morrison elementary schools will be performing.

Dr. Rosilee Russell, Academy executive director, said she is excited about both events.

"The Youth Symphony Orchestra is performing several outstanding orchestral works that highlight these performers’ capabilities," Russell said. "And the Children’s Choir program is so much fun for young audiences because of the variety of music between the dancers, drummers and choir members. Both events show off the wonderful talent of these students."

The performances are part of the Academy’s On Stage Series, a yearlong variety of choral, orchestral and theatrical productions performed by Academy students and professional artists.

The Academy of the Arts serves more than 700 students in the greater Fort Smith region and offers preschool, youth symphony, art, choral and theatre programs and private lessons on subjects including music, art, theatre, dance, conducting, composition, music theory and music history.

For tickets, contact the UAFS Box Office at 479-788-7300 or visit For more information on performances or the Academy, contact Russell at 479-788-7546 or