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In his short and turbulent life, German composer Max Reger (1873-1916) created a substantial body of work in a range of genres that Reger historian Christopher Anderson of Southern Methodist University has termed “an astounding oeuvre of 146 opus numbers and much uncatalogued music besides, exploring every major genre except opera.” Anderson is among Reger enthusiasts who will speak or perform at the School of Music during an upcoming symposium on the composer co-sponsored by UW Music and... Read more
Ben Lulich, clarinet
New appointments in percussion, clarinet, tuba, Music Ed, and Ethnomusicology take effect in Fall Quarter 2016. Jon Hill, tuba Jon Hil joins the School of Music faculty in Fall 2016 as a part time artist in residence in tuba performance. A 2009 Graduate of the School of Music, Hill also has studied at the Julillard School and Yale University. Recent performance and recording engagements include work with the Seattle Symphony and Opera, the Tubaluba brass band, and Macklemore... Read more
Stuart Dempster and Bill Smith
Milestone birthdays and 50 years of collaborative music-making reunite two of the UW’s all-time favorite music professors Oct. 26 at Meany Theater when professors emeriti Stuart Dempster and William O. “Bill” Smith present  “Eighty and Ninety” on the School’s Music of Today Series. The musicians forged their friendship in the late 1960s when both were young professors at the School of... Read more
Bonnie Whiting, UW head of Percussion Studies
Percussionist Bonnie Whiting has been involved in music since early childhood, but it was the appeal of the stomping, tapping, and other rhythmic movements of her dance lessons that helped her find her musical focus. “I started as a dancer,” says the newly arrived chair of the UW’s Percussion Studies Program, “and I loved the rhythm of moving my body.”  Her supportive parents enrolled her in piano lessons early, but, “the best thing they ever did was allow me to quit piano lessons at the age... Read more
Professor Emerita Diane Thome has written a memoir, "Palaces of Memory"
The fascinating life of pioneering composer Diane Thome gets a most personal treatment in a recently published memoir by the UW professor emerita, the first woman to graduate Princeton University with a PhD in music. In Palaces of Memory: American Composer Diane Thome on her Life and Music (Friesen Press), Thome recounts the obstacles and opportunities she encountered as a path-breaking female composer in the realm of computer-synthesized music. Thome, former chair of the composition... Read more