Recent News

Percussionist Bonnie Whiting
A new release on New York-based Mode Records captures the musical strengths of faculty percussionist Bonnie Whiting, who presents the work—John Cage's 51'15.657" for a speaking percussionist—in performance April 29 at the School of Music.    51'15.657" for a speaking percussionist is Bonnie Whiting's realization of a solo simultaneous performance of John Cage's 45' for a speaker and 27'10.554" for a percussionist. “These are vintage pieces,” Whiting says, “music from the mid-50's and part of a... Read more
Richard Karpen Juan Pampin photo Alan Berner/The Seattle Times
This is your brain on music: Neurologists, composers and tech-geeks at the University of Washington’s DXARTS program study music and the mind — including the encephalophone, a new instrument you can play without moving a muscle. Read More at the Seattle Times... Read more
Throat scope
Professional singers study repertoire, diction, phrasing and dynamics, but how many also study ways to ensure the long-term health and vitality of their voices? At the University of Washington, Kari Ragan of the UW School of Music Voice faculty, a certified singing voice specialist, has been engaged in collaborative research in vocal health with faculty members and clinicians from the University’s School of Music, Otolaryngology, and Speech and Hearing Sciences departments.     They, along... Read more
Gramophone magazine's recent review of Faroese composer Sunlief Rassmussen's Symphony No. 2, "The Earth Anew" has special words of note for soprano and UW Music faculty artist-in-residence Cyndia Sieden, who sings the part of the messenger squirrel in a "thrilling performance" made possible by the composer, the Helsinki Philharmonic, and a consortium of foundations. Read more.  
Marc Seales, UW Music
Jazz Studies Professor Marc Seales is the Western Washington University 2017 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year for the College of Fine & Performing Arts. The longtime UW Music faculty member, a graduate of WWU’s music program, will be recognized, along with distinguished graduates of all of WWU’s colleges, in a ceremony at Western’s Bellingham campus on May 18. The awards, established in 1980, are the most prestigious honors bestowed by the Western Alumni Association on alumni and members... Read more