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UC student Rachel Burns presents senior recital


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) student Rachel Burns presented her senior clarinet recital on Saturday, Jan. 28 in the Nell Moore Recital Hall in UC’s Grace Crum Rollins Fine Arts Center.

The performance was Burns’ final recital at UC before graduating this May.

Burns performed a selection of music, including pieces from Mozart and Felix Mendelssohn. She was accompanied by David Threlkeld on clarinet in selections from Mendelssohn’s Concertpiece No. 2 in D minor, Op. 114 and by Threlkeld and Alexis Tickle on clarinet and Joanah Renner on bass clarinet on Elliot A. Del Borgo’s Irish Suite.

UC was the school of choice when Burns was looking for a place to study music. “UC used to host a music event called Solo and Ensemble for high school and middle school students around this area,” said Burns. “I became very familiar with the school through this event and decided to audition for a music scholarship.”

For Burns, the music program at UC became more than just a place to gain a degree.

“It’s like a little family in that building,” said Burns. “The professors will do anything for you whether it is academic or if you just need help with life. I have made some of my closest friends here and met my husband, the love of my life, in the good old music building lounge.”

Burns will graduate with a major in music education and has been working on her student teaching at a local elementary and middle school. She is a student of David Threlkeld, associate professor of music.

Burns is the newly-married wife of C Burns and daughter of Perry and Kimberly Dobbs. She is from Somerset, Ky.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of student; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master's degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.