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Alumni News

Stephen Stubbs conducts the UW Chambers singers
Last week, in the hands of conductor and artistic director Stephen Stubbs, Pacific MusicWorks performed Handel‘s Messiah as close to the way Handel and his forces originally performed it over 270 years ago as modern scholarship could achieve. Composed over just 24 days, the Messiah was first performed in 1742 at the Music Hall in Fishamble Street, Dublin, and 700 people crammed themselves into the modest venue to hear it. Last week, twice in area churches and Saturday and... Read more
UW Chamber Singers
The UW Chambers Singers play a pivotal role in ensemble-in-residence Pacific MusicWorks' and UW Music's co-production of Handel's Messiah Dec. 12 and 13 at Meany Theater. Read more in this article from the Seattle Times.
Choral conductors in Latvia
Summer research activities, travels, and reports of new appointments, honors, and accolades are among recent news from our students and alumni. Current and former piano students of piano professor Craig Sheppard report new appointments, prizes, and recognition. Daniel Richardson (BM, piano) won the senior division of KING-FM’s 2015 Young Artists’ Award, which earned him a solo performance at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival this past summer. Brooks Tran (DMA) ... Read more
Fauré foray Oct. 21-25 at UW
What becomes of the talented arts students of the University of Washington once they’ve completed their degree studies? Look no further than the personnel involved with the UW’s upcoming presentation of Gabriel Faure’s 1913 opera Pénélope for an answer. The School of Music’s production of Pénélope, presented in collaboration with Vespertine Opera Theater and Philharmonia Northwest, is a fine example of UW talent making dynamic contributions within the greater Seattle arts... Read more
Performance, scholarship, and new appointments are recurring themes for UW Music students and alumni as the arrival of summer marks  the conclusion of a most ambitious 2014-15 academic year. Music Education PhD students Jamey Kelley and Cory Meals have been appointed to tenure track positions in the final stages of their respective PhD programs. Kelley has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Music Education at Florida International University in Miami... Read more
The members of Tyrant Lizard (Ray Larsen, trumpet, Gregg Beslisle-Chi, guitar, Carmen Rothwell, bass) are all involved in the University Of Washington’s Improvised Music Project.  When they came to KPLU for a live studio session, they immediately stated their improvisational intentions by beginning the show with a gorgeous version of Don’t Fence Me In.  (So the first thing we knew about the band was that they have a sense of humor.)  ... Read more
The passage of beloved School of Music advisory board member and alumnus Don Thulean in early April is a great loss to the School and the region. A tireless advocate for the arts, Don possessed a powerful gift for bringing collaborators together in the service of great music. We extend condolences to his loved ones and dedicate our April 24, 2015 UW Symphony and Seattle Symphony Side by Side Concert to his memory. Donald Thulean Donald Thulean was born June 24, 1929 in... Read more
Alexandra Picard as the Queen of the Night in Tacoma Opera's production of the Magic Flute
Awards, accolades, publications, and a plum role or two are among recent accomplishments of School of Music students and alumni. Read on for recent news from our current and former students.  It’s a year for Magic Flute in the Pacifc Northwest, and the UW is gearing up for its May co-production with ensemble-in-residence Pacifc MusicWorks at Meany Theater May 8-10. Tacoma Opera presented their own version of Mozart’s most beloved operatic work this fall, a unique staging developed in... Read more
Composer Abby Aresty
Artist and composer Abby Aresty, a recent graduate of the UW Composition Program, has turned sounds recorded around Pittsburgh into an installation at Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes.  Read more.
Stephen Stubbs has been involved with early music since discovering the lute as a high school student at Seattle's Nathan Hale High School in the 1960s. Read more about the artist and why Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has recognized him for Raising the Bar in the Seattle arts community in this article from City Arts magazine.