Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities

Kathryn Evans

Associate Professor of Instruction

Area:  MUSI
Areas of Specialization:  Voice, Music, Science and Technology, Music History, Art-Science Research and Curriculum Development

Office:  JO 4.902
Mail Station:  JO 31
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  972-883-2828

A singer, conductor, director, producer and academic researcher of many diverse talents, Dr. Evans has performed and directed music composed from 1200 to contemporary times using a variety of settings and styles. An accomplished recitalist and chamber musician, Dr. Evans has completed tours of music for voice and guitar with fellow faculty member Dr. Enric Madriguera in Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Spain and Latin America. She co-produced and performed in a series of “composer concerts” with Robert X. Rodríguez, featuring the music of Mozart, Monteverdi, Brahms and Satie. She was the Executive Director of the Annual Texas Guitar competition, and celebrated their 10th anniversary with a series of concerts and competitions for both youth and adults in 2011. She released her CD, Voz y Guitarra, with guitarist Enric Madriguera, featuring previously unrecorded works of composers John Duarte and Ernesto Cordero, in 2003, and completed a concert tour to Ecuador in 2007, including appearances on national radio and television programs. She appeared as The Abbess in The Sound of Music with Repertory Company Theatre. In 2006, Dr. Evans created the Dallas Pro Musica, a vocal quintet dedicated to the re-creation of vocal music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Early Baroque periods, with occasional forays into the 21st century. Her musical creation The Music of Isaac Albeniz was performed in Dallas and Honolulu, Hawaii in 2011. Dr. Evans is currently the head of the Vocal and Choral division of the School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, where she directs the UT Dallas Chamber Singers, teaches vocal instruction, musical theatre workshop and a variety of music history courses, as well as general arts education courses.

Dr. Evans was the Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas from 1999 to 2010, where she ran the Art and Performance division. She was appointed Associate Dean for the Arts in 1999 after serving as Assistant Dean and Arts Coordinator for the School from 1995 – 1999. As Associate Dean for the Arts, Dr. Evans was responsible for the fine arts program, including all curricular needs (budget, materials, space and scheduling), facilities, and an extensive and comprehensive arts season in classical music, jazz, guitar, art exhibitions, theatre and dance productions, lectures and student festivals. She supervised all publicity, promotion, scheduling, budgets, technical needs, contracts and consulting agreements for the series and all contact with faculty and professional artists and performers. She oversaw three performance venues: Performance Hall (and supervised a complete renovation in 2004 – 2005), the Visual Arts Building (with two galleries and five classrooms) and the University Theatre (and supervised the renovation of the lobby in 2006, and created a new art gallery in that space) and exhibitions in the Green Center. She oversaw rental of performance spaces and acted as liaison to the community arts groups; scheduled all arts curriculum and assisted the other Associate Deans in other curriculum; acted as Petty Cash Custodian for the School of Arts and Humanities; oversaw all press and publicity for the School of Arts and Humanities; and acted as liaison to other event producers and coordinators, including Student Life, the Holocaust Center, the Confucius Institute, the US-Mexico Center and the Office of the President. She assisted the Dean with other matters pertaining to the Art and Performance division, including fund-raising, student and faculty recruitment and community outreach and oversaw the content of the Arts and Humanities website. Additionally, she administered the Bryce Jordan Scholarship fund, awarding over $20,000 annually in recognition awards and scholarships for students in the fine arts. In 2009, Dr. Evans supervised the addition of two buildings for music rehearsal space and arts studios, and the re-designed Arts and Humanities website.

Premiere performances in 2010 – 2016 include directing the UT Dallas Chamber Singers at the Eisemann Center in two residency programs, with the Kings Singers (2010) and the Swingle Singers (2013); and directing the most successful theatrical production in the history of UT Dallas: Side Show the Musical, with over 50 students in the cast, orchestra and crew; a production team of 12, with 1800 in attendance at six sold-out performances. Programs included Baroque Duets and The American Songbook (as performer) and productions of the musicals I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (2011); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2012); Red, Hot and Cole (2013); Songs for a New World (2014) and Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (2015). She produced the first fully staged opera at UT Dallas The Marriage of Figaro in 2016. Dr. Evans directs the annual Best of Broadway show. The 2012 Best of Broadway: Creepy and Kooky included the first ever use of a game engine to drive a fully controllable animated character (Audrey II) in Little Shop of Horrors. This show was performed to four sold-out houses. Dr. Evans presented this animation, along with her co-author, Monica Evans, at SIGGRAPH in July of 2013. She has presented her research at conferences in Sydney, Australia; Yokohama, Japan; at the College Art Association (USA) and the SLSA (Society for Literature, Science and the Arts), and presented before a joint meeting of the NEA and NSF for SEAD (Science, Engineering, Arts and Design). She recently presented at both the ELLTA (Emerging Leadership and Leanring Theories in Asisa) and ICEPS (International Conference on Education, Psychology and Sociology) in Bangkok, Thailand in 2017.

Dr. Evans was awarded the School of Arts and Humanities "Distinguished Service Award" in 2010 for her 15 years of service as Associate Dean for the Arts. Evan’s current interests include enhancing the cultural environment at the University for students, faculty, staff and the community at large; the creation of an arts curriculum that uses technology to enhance the marketability of students with arts degrees; and evidence-based research that demonstrates the academic impact of arts courses for STEM majors. She is a member of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to STEAM (the addition of the Arts) working group at UT Dallas, under the direction of Professor Roger Malina. She is a member of the Art-Sci Lab in the School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communications. Dr. Evans holds M. A. degrees in Mathematics and Music from the University of California, San Diego. Her research project “Does studying music enhance academic skills in undergraduate non-music majors” was the basis of her Ph.D. Dr. Evans completed her Ph.D. in December of 2016. Her current project CDASH (Curriculum Development in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities ) with Dr. Roger Malina recently recently a Center for Teaching and Learning grant from UT Dallas and will re-launch in the Fall of 2017.

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Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, 2016
MA, Music, University of California, San Diego, 1978
MA, Mathematics, University of California, San Diego, 1976
BA, Mathematics, University of California, San Diego, 1974

Curriculum Vitae:  Kathryn Evans's CV