Recent News

Pacific Northwest Ballet and the School of Music are collaborating on a symposium exploring the ballet "Giselle" (Photo: courtesy Pacific Northwest Ballet).
April symposium examines the historical roots of an enduring ballet tale while celebrating its revival. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s April 2020 staging of Adolphe Adams’ 1841 ballet Giselle—its first since 2014—is a rare instance of an American company basing a revival of a 19th-century classical ballet on primary source documents. So says UW Music History professor JoAnn Taricani, who along with PNB education programs manager (and School of Music alumnus) Doug Fullington co-presents “Re-... Read more
Professor Giselle Wyers. Photo: Danielle Barnum.
An exceptionally full year finds Giselle Wyers immersed in multiple large projects both at the University and beyond. Head of the School of Music's choral conducting and voice programs and director of the University Chorale (an auditioned ensemble of UW undergraduates), she also is in demand as a clinician and as a composer of commissioned choral works. Professor Wyers conducts all-state choruses this season in Kansas, Nevada, and Wisconsin. She recently completed five choral commissions on... Read more
Music Ed alumnus Kevin Clayton (left) was recently named Washington State Teacher of the Year by the Washington Music Educators Association (Photo: Pasco School District).
Academic appointments, performances, career milestones and other notable achievements are among recent news reported by UW Music students and alumni. Music Education alumnus Kevin Clayton, now director of instrumental music at Chiawana High School in Pasco, Washington, has been named the Washington Music Educators Association 2020 High School Music Educator of the Year (See story,... Read more
Music Ed graduate students involved in the 20th year of Music Alive! in the Yakima Valley.
Twenty is a magic number in 2020 and a milestone year for a dynamic UW Music program making a difference for children and youth through singing, dancing, and music making of various forms and practices in the public schools of Toppenish and Harrah, and at the Yakama Nation Tribal School in Eastern Washington.  The diverse learners of these schools, including many Mexican-heritage children and students of the Yakama Reservation, are recipients of Music Alive! in the Yakima Valley (MAYV), ... Read more
Pianist Craig Sheppard has both local and international engagements on the calendar in the coming months.
Honors, accolades, research highlights and other news from the School of Music faculty. Patricia Campbell, Music Education, Ethnomusicology Patricia Campbell presented on World Music Pedagogy at the national meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, this past November, and served as moderator and discussant for a panel on “Intergenerational, Transnational, and Emotional Connections that Shape Music Making among Children and Youth”. She... Read more