Alumni News

Alumni News

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
Marcin Pączkowski - photo: Steve Korn
By  | Special to The Seattle Times Derek Bermel has learned creativity is a messy thing. It comes in fits and starts, backtracks, changes directions. The Seattle Symphony’s 2018-... Read more
Leann Conley-Holcom
School of Music students and alumni report recent academic appointments, publications, promotions, and other achievements in their work at the University of Washington and around the world.  Leann Conley-Holcom ('17 DMA Choral Conducting) was appointed Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Seattle University beginning in September 2018. She heads the voice program, conducts four choral ensembles, and teaches conducting and group voice. She continues to be active... Read more
World Music Pedagogy series cover
Twelve authors, all of them affiliated with the UW School of Music, are featured in the six-volume Routledge World Music Pedagogy Series, set for publication in 2018 and 2019 and encompassing principal cross-disciplinary issues in music, education, and culture. A seventh volume on teaching world music in higher education is in development. The series, edited by School of Music Professor Patricia Campbell, details theoretical and practical aspects of World Music Pedagogy in... Read more
Music Ed alumnus Matt Brown
The North Central Educational Service District has named School of Music alumnus Matthew Brown (’05 BA/BM Music Education) its Regional Teacher of the Year for 2019. A music teacher in the Manson School District in Manson, Washington since 2005, Brown works with 90 percent of the middle school students and more than a third of the high school students at Manson Middle and High Schools, which enroll around 300 students in grades 6 through 12. During his time in the district, Brown has taught... Read more
Stuart MacDonald performs with the UW Big Band
University of Washington Jazz Studies alumni Stuart MacDonald and Levi Gillis--both saxophonists--recently received some welcome and significant financial support for their creative endeavors with grant awards from the Raynier Foundation (MacDonald) and Seattle's Artist's Trust (Gillis).  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... 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