Alumni News

Alumni News

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
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