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Wind Ensemble Korea Tour Group 2024 (Mark Stone, UW Photography)
February 15, 2024
While many of the School of Music’s students and faculty will welcome a short break at the end of Winter Quarter, members of the UW Wind Ensemble and director Timothy Salzman will be on the move, traveling, rehearsing, and performing in South Korea. The ensemble heads to South Korea March 16-22 for performances at Woosong University in Daejeon, South Korea. They will be accompanied by voice DMA student Eun Ju Vivianna Oh, flute professor Donna Shin, and DMA pianist Mia HyeYeon Kim, all of whom... Read more
Joël-François Durand
February 14, 2024
University of Washington Professor Joël-François Durand will serve as acting director of the School of Music through June 2025, a final one-year extension of his initial appointments to the position.  The longtime Composition professor was named interim director of the School of Music in the wake of the unexpected death in February 2022 of former director JoAnn Taricani, whose five-year term would have ended on June 30, 2025. A member of the School of Music Composition faculty since 1991,... Read more
View of the Quad from the Music Library (Photo: Joanne DePue).
February 14, 2024
Current faculty searches under way at the School of Music convey both a recommitment to the basics that have marked the School’s instruction over the past 15 decades, but also a commitment to new directions in its curriculum and its priorities. Tenure-track, assistant professor positions opening on the faculty in the areas of Music Education, Composition/Improvisation/Theory, and Music Technology will enable the School to broaden its perspectives and the... Read more
Phillip Blackburn, "Ordo"
February 14, 2024
Philip Blackburn hasn’t featured on MusicWeb for a few years and I’m delighted his invigorating double album Ordo has landed on my lap for review. If readers haven’t encountered him before, Blackburn is the epitome of what it might once have been acceptable to label a Renaissance Man.  ... Read more
Phillip Blackburn, "Ordo"
February 14, 2024
Une anthologie personnelle...parfois déconcertante !    Compositeur et artiste sonore expérimental né à Cambridge (Royaume-Uni) et installé à Saint-Paul (Minnesota, États-Unis), Philip Blackburn dirige aussi Neuma Records, label sur lequel est sorti son dernier opus, Ordo, une large  sélection de ses œuvres. J'avais beaucoup apprécié ses ... Read more
Bill McColl, former longtime UW clarinet professor (Photo: courtesy Seattle Times).
January 18, 2024
Read the full obituary in the Seattle Times William Duncan McColl passed away peacefully on January 7, 2024, of respiratory failure with his son by his side. Bill was an American clarinetist and professor of music at the University of Washington, and a founding member of both the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet ( Read more
School of Music student Jai Lasker
January 3, 2024
School of Music student Jai Lasker participated in the Office of Undergraduate Research’s Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities (SIAH), which offered the 2023 undergraduate cohort an immersion into interdisciplinary research with A Black Sense: Time, Art and Being. This year’s theme was developed... Read more
Music History faculty Mark Rodgers
November 23, 2023
Music History faculty member Mark Rodgers has re-vamped the long-running music appreciation course, Music 185, "The Concert Season," to broaden students' access to music and musicians in a variety of ways. Learn more in this article from Arts and Sciences News.... Read more
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
Robin and Rachelle McCabe performed recitals and led masterclasses in three cities in China (Photo: courtesy Robin McCabe).
November 14, 2023
Honors, accolades, research highlights and other news from the School of Music faculty. Robin McCabe, pianoThe UW piano professor recently completed a three-city tour of China with her sister, pianist Rachelle McCabe. The duo performed recitals and master classes at Xi’an Conservatory, in Xi’an, Remnin University in Beijing, and Tianjin Conservatory in Tianjin. McCabe sums up the tour succinctly, reporting “great halls, excellent pianos, scrumptious cuisine, and avid... Read more