Alumni News

Alumni News

Stuart MacDonald performs with the UW Big Band
Jazz Studies Alum Stuart MacDonald awarded Raynier Foundation grant Stuart MacDonald, graduate student in the Jazz and Improvised Music program, was recently awarded a $150,000, multi-year grant from the Seattle-based Raynier Institute and Foundation. The award supports “intergenerational collaborations and mentorship” that MacDonald plans to offer through workshops and performance opportunities for young musicians transitioning from formal jazz education programs to the... Read more
Randolph Hokanson by Walt Puckett
By  - Special to The Seattle Times Randolph Henning Hokanson carried his high musical standards from the concert stage to the University of Washington classroom, inspiring generations of young pianists and concert audiences alike, and continuing to teach and perform well after retirement. A perfectionist at the keyboard and a musician who never lost his sense of... Read more
Graduate wind conducting student Shayna Stahl (Photo: courtesy Shayna Stahl).
School of Music students and alumni report awards, publications, promotions, and summer travels among recent activities on campus and around the world. School of Music students and alumni were among top prize winners of the 2017-18 American Prize, announced recently by the nonprofit Hat City Music Theater in Danbury Connecticut.  Shayna Stahl, DMA student in the Wind Conducting program, was first-place winner in the Conducting, Community Band Wind Band/Wind Ensemble Division... Read more
UW flute students with Prof. Donna Shin (far right).
UW Music students and alumni head into summer busy with festival appearances, new employment opportunities, fresh honors, competition wins, and more.  Students and alumni from Music Education and Ethnomusicology are finishing up their degree programs and accepting university positions beginning in fall of 2018 including: David Aarons, University of North Carolina-... Read more
UW Music Education students at NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education Conference
Academic appointments, community projects, and a slew of conference presentations have kept UW students and alumni engaged in communities far and near, from the Yakama Tribal School to a national conference of music educators in Atlanta, and beyond.  Alumnus Ryan Ellis (’17 DMA, Choral Conducting) has been named head of Choral Studies at Seattle Pacific University, where he oversees the direction of SPU’s six different choral ensembles, including a concert choir, chamber... Read more
Conducting alumnus Tigran Arakelyan
Current and former UW Music students are making an impact at the UW and beyond, winning competitions, appointments, honors, and other recognition and advancing their life’s work worldwide. Tigran Arakelyan (’16 DMA, Orchestral Conducting)  is the Music Director of Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestras, the Federal Way Youth Symphony Orchestra, and serves as the Artistic Director/Conductor of the Port Townsend Community Orchestra. He is a finalist for the position of Music... Read more
Bill Cole award image
Forty years after his death, his students still recall the impact former UW Music teacher Bill Cole made on their lives. The UW Alumni Association recently recognized Cole's influence by awarding the late trumpeter, Husky Band Director and UW Music instructor its inaugural Distinguished Teaching Legacy Award. Read more.
Prof. Patricia Campbell with PhD graduate Michiko Urita.
News of publications, appointments, honors, and recognition accompany UW Music students and alumni in their work at the University and in the world beyond. Summer brings a wealth of festivals, workshops, and engagements, offering the school's musicians multiple avenues toward fulfilling their musical aspirations. UW School of Music graduate Michiko Urita recently completed doctoral studies in Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington, on the topic of kagura... Read more
UW Music DMA conducting student Mark Tse was awarded a 2015 American Prize.
UW Music conducting alumni were well-represented among this year's American Prize winners, announced recently by Hat City Music Theater, which administers the national awards.  Mark Tse, a graduate wind conducting student, earned an honorable mention in the wind conducting category for his work with the UW Wind Ensemble and a third place in conducting, Community/School division of the wind conducting category, for his leadership of the UW Concert Band. Choral conducting alums... Read more
Defiant Requiem poster graphic
A unique and profound recreation of Verdi’s Requiem as performed by prisoners of the Terezin concentration camp in Nazi Germany brings together current and past students of UW Music, community musicians, theater professionals and guest conductor and creator Murry Sidlin in two upcoming performances of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín. Performed internationally to great acclaim and the subject of a 2012 documentary broadcast widely on public television, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at... Read more