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John C. Hanford (Photo: Steve Korn).
November 14, 2023
Scholar Mark Buford’s visit to the University of Washington on November 17 to deliver the School of Music’s 2023 Lecture in American Music is made possible by the generosity of a longtime School of Music friend whose ties extend back decades to his days as a UW student and his 20-plus years as a popular lecturer in the Music History program. John C. Hanford’s (’03 PhD Music History) studies in musicology at the School of Music culminated in a PhD and two graduate dissertations, “Realities... Read more
Participants in the Halloween Organ Concert
November 8, 2023
School of Music students and alumni report recent academic appointments, honors, performances, and other artistic and scholarly accomplishments. Jiannan Cheng (’14 MM, Wind Conducting) has been selected as a cover conductor for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Her responsibilities include understudying the scores for the music director and guest conductors, giving pre-concert lectures, and conducting in rehearsals and concerts as needed. Her first rehearsals with the orchestra... Read more
Carmen at Tacoma Opera
November 8, 2023
Tacoma Opera’s recent production of Carmen may as well have been staged on the UW campus for all of the current and past students and faculty involved on stage, in the pit, and in a host of roles behind the scenes. Credit for this proliferation of UW-connected personnel lies in no small part with the leadership of Limuel Forgey, Tacoma Opera’s general director and a doctoral voice student at the UW. Since his appointment at Tacoma Opera earlier this year, he has noticeably—and... Read more
Alumna Barbara Reeder Lundquist
September 15, 2023
Read full obituary in the Seattle Times Distinguished music educator Dr. Barbara Reeder Lundquist died in Seattle on August 17, aged 89. Predeceased by beloved late husband Elon H. Lundquist, parents Rev. Ed and Lois Cooke, and sister Karen, Barbara leaves behind many dear friends and relatives. A native of Hays, Kansas, Barbara earned a BM in cello... Read more
Alumna Gloria Swisher
September 15, 2023
Read full obituary in the Seattle Times Gloria Wilson Swisher died peacefully on July 23, 2023 from the ravishes of Alzheimer's that robbed her of her prodigious memory and intellect for the past several years. Her loving husband of 62 years, Don Swisher, and her brother, the Rev. George S. Wilson, were present at her passing at the adult family home in... Read more
DMA student Cee Adamson performs at Slippery Rock University.
July 7, 2023
Academic appointments, performances, career milestones and other notable achievements. Ke (Kelsey) Guo (PhD candidate, Music Ed) has been awarded a full-year fellowship (tuition/stipend) from the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in support of her finishing work in the next academic year for her PhD dissertation on Sephardic music transmission/education in diaspora, from Spain to Seattle and in the Eastern Mediterranean region. She was the single recipient of this award... Read more
2023 Ethnomusicology Graduates
June 8, 2023
The School of Music honored its Class of 2023 on Friday, June 9 with the annual Grand Finale celebration. The UW Music Class of 2023 includes 48 graduates—24 earning undergraduate degrees and 24 earning graduate degrees. Nine students earning bachelor’s degrees in music also completed second degrees in a areas of study including Anthropology, Biochemistry, Business Administration, Economics, Environmental Studies, Informatics, Math, and Psychology. The event for graduates, families, faculty,... Read more
Music Education doctoral student Giuliana Conti.
November 3, 2022
School of Music students and alumni report recent academic appointments, performances, career milestones, and other notable achievements. Tess Altiveros (’10 MM, Voice) is busy this season with roles and engagements nationwide. She sings Soldier in The Falling and the Rising with Arizona Opera, Intermountain Opera and Opera Memphis; Giannetta in Elixir with Seattle Opera; Nana/Wajma in the world premiere of A Thousand Splendid Suns at Seattle Opera. She also sings... Read more
DMA student Tigran Arakelyan (Orchestral Conducting).
November 3, 2022
Longtime habitués of the Music Building will notice some familiar faces at the School of Music in 2022-23 with the return of several School of Music alumni as instructors, guest artists, and visiting scholars. New faculty joining the School of Music in Autumn 2022 include alumni from several degree programs: Jeffrey Bowen ('15 DMA, Composition) in Composition, Anita Kumar ('22 PhD, Music Ed) in Music Education, Luis Rivera ('22 MA, Music Theory)... Read more
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