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Doctoral student Daren Weissfisch (DMA, Orchestral Conducting). Photo: UW Photography.
June 18, 2024
School of Music students and alumni report recent academic and artistic appointments, awards and distinctions and new career directions in the beginning weeks of Summer 2024. School of Music doctoral student Daren Weissfisch (DMA, Orchestral Conducting) was recently announced as the new music director of Seattle’s Lake Union Civic Orchestra. The selection followed a year-long search and a season of auditions. “The orchestra and the audience loved his infectious energy... Read more
School of Music choral conducting alumni Jen Rodgers and Leann Conley Holcom (Photo: Joanne DePue).
June 14, 2024
School of Music friends and alumni returned to campus on May 31, 2024 for the second annual UW Music Homecoming. Co-hosted by the School of Music and the UW Alumni Association, the event followed a performance by the UW Symphony Orchestra and Combined UW Choirs at Meany Hall, the final School of Music performance at Meany for the 2023-24 concert season.  Held at the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health, the reception included live jazz by a UW student trio featuring Toby Miller, drums;... Read more
School of Music faculty Shannon Dudley and Marisol Berrios-Miranda in Leon, Spain (Photo: Courtesy Shannon Dudley).
June 14, 2024
School of Music faculty report recent performances, tour dates, recordings, residencies and other notable achievements.  Shannon Dudley, Ethnomusicology Chair of the UW’s Ethnomusicology program recently co-led, with School of Music affiliate faculty Marisol Berríos-Miranda, a quarter-long study abroad program in León, Spain. The program included a week of study with master musician and educator Paco Diez, guest lectures by several Spanish ethnomusicologists... Read more
Graduate Markus Teuton
June 14, 2024
The University of Washington School of Music celebrated its Class of 2024 on Friday, June 7 with the school’s annual Grand Finale, featuring student and faculty remarks, a performance by harpist Kelly Hou (BM Orchestral Instruments, BS Informatics), and a graduate processional across the stage of the School of Music’s Brechemin Auditorium. The Class of 2024 includes 55 graduates, with 26 earning graduate degrees and 29 earning bachelor’s degrees. Of the... Read more
School of Music graduate Olivia Wang has been awarded the 2024  Arts and Sciences Dean's Medal (Photo: Joanne DePue).
June 14, 2024
School of Music graduate Olivia Wang has been named a 2023-24 recipient of the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Medal, a distinction awarded to the top graduating senior of each division of the College.  “This is one of the most distinguished honors we bestow, and I’m very pleased to commend you on your amazing record of academic achievement,” wrote Arts and Sciences Dean Dianne Harris in her commendation letter to Wang.  Along with making exceptional progress in... Read more
Student jazz guitarist (Mark Stone photo).
June 3, 2024
School of Music student Markus Teuton, graduating in June 2024 with a BM in Jazz Studies and a BA in Comparative History of Ideas, is featured in this article by Nancy Joseph of Arts and Sciences Perspectives. Markus Teuton (Cherokee Nation) spent years listening to bands perform at Seattle’s annual Folklife Festival. This May, he took the stage with his own band, Joint Souls. Made up of UW jazz musicians, Joint Souls... Read more
School of Music director Joël-François with Clark Tenakhongva, Hopi singer and recording artist, whose group The Öngtupqa Trio were in residency at the UW in April 2024 (Photo: Joanne DePue).
May 23, 2024
School of Music faculty report recent performances, residencies, teaching engagements, summer tour plans, and other updates. Geoffrey Boers, Choral Conducting A concert tour of Europe is on the itinerary this June for the UW Chamber Singers, led by Professor Geoffrey Boers, and the University Chorale, led by Professor Giselle Wyers. The singers and graduate student conductors are scheduled to present concerts in Prague, Czesky-Krumłowski, Vienna, Bratislava,... Read more
Students of piano professor Craig Sheppard
May 23, 2024
School of Music students and alumni report recent honors, performances, career milestones, and other notable achievements.  Alumna Jiannan Cheng (’16 MM, Wind Conducting), former student of Timothy Salzman, recently returned from Romania, where she competed in an international competition with 200 conductors from countries throughout the world. She finished second in the finals, competing against accomplished conductors from orchestras and opera houses in Italy,... Read more

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