TUFFTalks 2022


TUFFTalks — March 30th, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Talley Stewart Theatre

Theme: “The Story of Music”

TUFFTalks is back in Stewart Theatre! This event will be a one-day multi-part speaker series of various musical backgrounds presented by artists at all levels.

There will be three back-to-back speakers in Stewart Theatre, culminating with the keynote speaker!

This year will feature The Voice finalist, Victor Solomon, from Team Legend.

There will be a reception and meet & greet afterward for attendees to speak to any of the speakers and network to follow up on any topics that were presented.

*Our Pre-Event has been canceled



*This Pre-Event has been canceled


Main Event
Talley Stewart Theatre
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Doors Open at 5:30 PM


Register to save your seat — you won’t want to miss it!



Student/Faculty Speakers

Michael Gardo (he/him)

“Music as a Conduit for Personal Storytelling”

Michael Gardo is a senior at NC State and a multi-instrumentalist who has played and performed music since he was 7 years old.


Olga Kleiankina (she/her)

“Our Passage to the Stars: How Today’s Music Speaks to Today’s Audience”

Dr. Kleiankina is the Director of the Piano Program at NC State University and a concert pianist with an international career.


Jake Andrichuk (he/him) and Chandler Parrish (she/her)

“Iconic Musicians Through the Decades”

Jake Andrichuk is a Freshman at NC State studying International Studies and Business Administration with a minor in Spanish Foreign Language. As someone whos always been interested in the way the arts transform the world around us as well as the way society acts as a whole, he is excited to delve deeper into the question of, “What makes a Musician Iconic?”

Chandler Parrish is a sophomore at NC State studying Sustainable Materials and Technology with minors in Business Administration and Environmental Education. As someone who is fascinated by the way society interacts with musicians and music itself, she is excited to discuss how musicians are able to sustain their relationships with society in, “What makes a Musician Iconic?”


Keynote: Victor Solomon



Do you have more questions?

Contact UAB’s P.A.C.K Committee at UAB-PackCommittee@ncsu.edu