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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley music professor Dr. Michael Quartz is shown here leading a guitar ensemble class at the UTRGV Brownsville Campus. The National Association for Music Education has selected him to lead the inaugural All-National Guitar Ensemble this year in November in Orlando, Florida.  (UTRGV Photo by Maria Elena Hernandez)

UTRGV’s Quantz selected to conduct inaugural All-National Guitar Ensemble


For the first time, a guitar ensemble will be included as part of the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Ensembles – and a University of Texas Rio Grande Valley professor will wield the baton.

High school students from Weslaco and Progreso raced balloon-powered cars they built during “Introducing Girls to Engineering Day,” part of UTRGV’s Engineering Week, held on the Edinburg Campus. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

Girls from area high schools attend UTRGV Engineering Week Girl Day


Engineering is commonly known as a male-dominated profession. But The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is striving to shift that demographic and break stigmas by inspiring young women to become engineers.