Alumni News

Alumni News

Clyde Jussila
School of Music alumnus and former longtime faculty member Clyde Jussila died in July 2020 at age 100. Born in Kent, Washington to Fanny and Matti Jussila, Clyde Jussila lived much of his life in Washington state. As a young man he grew up in Issaquah, where he graduated from Issaquah High School in 1938. Clyde earned his BA from the UW and his MFA Degree in music from Kansas State University. In 1942, Clyde enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Third Infantry during World War II. He... Read more
Orchestral conducting alumnus Tigran Arakelyan
School of Music students and alumni report recent appointments, performances, career milestones and other notable achievements. Gabriela Garza (DMA, Orchestral Conducting) has been working this year with the Seattle Youth Symphony as assistant conductor to music director Juan Felipe Molano for both the Advanced and Intermediate Virtual Orchestras. She is also in her first year as Music Director of the Poulsbo Community Orchestra, organizing and leading five virtual community... Read more
Violinist Renee Zhang
Renee Zhang was named the winner and Christine Chu the runner-up in the final round of the UW Bach E Major Violin Concerto Competition, presented January 14 by the University of Washington Strings Program. Zhang, Chu, and fellow finalists Dalma Ashby and Randy Zhang performed from their respective homes in a competition broadcast over Zoom and streamed live to the School of Music YouTube channel. They were competing for an opportunity to play the concerto at a future performance by the UW... Read more
Pacific Northwest Ballet and the School of Music are collaborating on a symposium exploring the ballet "Giselle" (Photo: courtesy Pacific Northwest Ballet).
April symposium examines the historical roots of an enduring ballet tale while celebrating its revival. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s April 2020 staging of Adolphe Adams’ 1841 ballet Giselle—its first since 2014—is a rare instance of an American company basing a revival of a 19th-century classical ballet on primary source documents. So says UW Music History professor JoAnn Taricani, who along with PNB education programs manager (and School of Music alumnus) Doug Fullington co-presents “Re-... Read more
Music Ed alumnus Kevin Clayton (left) was recently named Washington State Teacher of the Year by the Washington Music Educators Association (Photo: Pasco School District).
Academic appointments, performances, career milestones and other notable achievements are among recent news reported by UW Music students and alumni. Music Education alumnus Kevin Clayton, now director of instrumental music at Chiawana High School in Pasco, Washington, has been named the Washington Music Educators Association 2020 High School Music Educator of the Year (See story,... Read more
Singer bathed in purple light
From the first soothing lullabies babies hear to the funereal dirges that accompany the deceased, music is a fixture of the human experience. The latest findings on the cultural basis of singing have ascertained that certain song types—whether lullaby, dance, love or healing melodies—turn up in all cultures. And each kind of song has common cross-cultural acoustic features.  Shannon Dudley, School of Music Ethnomusicology professor, discusses what makes a song in this article published in... Read more
UW Music History alumnus Benjamin Albritton.
The Department of Special Collections of Stanford Libraries has appointed Music History alumnus  Ben L. Albritton (PhD Music History) as its Rare Book Curator.  He began his new assignment this past June.  Stanford Libraries rare book collection is extensive with an estimated size in excess of 265,000 titles.  The Rare Books Division of the Department acquires antiquarian and modern titles both for intellectual content and as historical artifacts.  Materials... Read more
Violinist and UW Music alumna Emilie Choi Photo: Alice Ouyang.
School of Music students and alumni continue their upward-and-onward trajectory, reporting new academic appointments, awards, honors, and other creative and scholastic achievements. The Auburn Symphony Orchestra has appointed School of Music alumna Emilie Choi ('14 BM, Strings Performance; BS, Speech and Hearing Sciences) to be the organization's new concertmaster. She currently holds the Assistant Concertmaster position at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, which she joined in... Read more
Music alumna Nancy Ann Yaeger
School of Music alumna Nancy Ann Yaeger passed away peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease at her home in Bothell, Washington on March 26, 2019. She is survived by cousins in Ohio and Virginia. Born on February 18, 1935 in Akron, Ohio, Nancy graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio and from there went on to New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating with a Masters in Music degree. She taught at Wooster College in Wooster, Ohio; Wheaton College... Read more
UW Vocal Opera Theatre (photo: Steve Korn)
By  | Special to The Seattle Times Opera’s grandness is one of its best qualities — and also one of its most intimidating. The stage is crowded with singers, props, fabulous costumes and scenery. A live orchestra accompanies them as they generate a vast cascade of notes, often in a foreign language. The opera-going experience also conjures up images of hoity-toity... Read more