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Huston-Tillotson University Announces Retirement of Dr. Gloria Quinlan with a Commemorative Concert – The Swan’s Curtain Call on Saturday, April 29, at 6:00 p.m. in the King-Seabrook Chapel

Austin, Texas – Huston-Tillotson University (HT) announces the retirement of Dr. Gloria Quinlan after years of service to the University’s Department of Humanities and Fine Arts. Dr. Quinlan, a native of Houston, Texas, has been a Professor of Music, Voice/Choral, and Director of the Huston-Tillotson University Concert Choir.

To celebrate and recognize Dr. Quinlan’s retirement, the Huston-Tillotson University’s Concert Choir will be presenting, “The Swan’s Curtain Call” on Saturday, April 29, at 6:00 p.m. in the King-Seabrook Chapel on the Huston-Tillotson University campus. All proceeds from the concert will go toward an endowed music scholarship at Huston-Tillotson University. Tickets to the event can be purchased online through the following link,

Dr. Gloria Quinlan has been a prominent figure in the music world for years, having received a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Voice from Texas Southern University; a Master of Music in Voice from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado; and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice from The University of Texas at Austin. Throughout her career, she has served in various roles, including Assistant Professor of Music at Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee; and Associate Professor of Music at the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. She later became the Chair of the Music Department at the University of the Virgin Islands and then Chair of the Humanities and Fine Arts Department at Huston-Tillotson in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Quinlan’s time at Huston-Tillotson University has been characterized by her passion for music and the growth of her students. She has overseen numerous performances by the HT Concert Choir, including collaborations with the Austin Chamber Music Center and the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin. Her students have also performed at Carnegie Hall and with country music recording artist Jelly Roll at the 2023 CMT Music Awards. Dr. Quinlan expressed her gratitude for her tenure at HT, “My years at Huston-Tillotson University have been filled with wonderful experiences that have allowed me to work with so many talented young musicians. My goal has always been to inspire them to journey from the classroom to the finest stages of the world, and I am proud of what they have accomplished.”

President and CEO of Huston-Tillotson University, Dr. Melva K. Wallace, spoke of the impact that Dr. Quinlan has had on the lives and musicianship of HT students, “Dr. Quinlan’s retirement marks the end of an era for the University’s music department. She has been a mentor and leader to countless students, inspiring them to achieve their dreams and reach their full potential. We are grateful for her contributions to the University, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

The HT community invites everyone to attend “The Swan’s Curtain Call” to celebrate Dr. Quinlan’s retirement and her legacy as a music educator.

About Huston-Tillotson University

Huston-Tillotson University, the first institution of learning in Austin, Texas, has roots dating back to 1875. HT is an independent, church-related, historically black, four-year liberal arts institution located on a 23-acre tree-lined campus near downtown in East Austin. Huston-Tillotson University’s mission is to nurture a legacy of leadership and excellence in education, connecting knowledge, power, passion, and values. The University offers associate and master’s degrees in addition to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in more than 19 areas of study.