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Outgoing School of Music director Richard Karpen.
Composition professor Richard Karpen’s term as director of the School of Music ends June 30 after 11 years leading the school and its people and programs. During his tenure, the School of Music appointed new faculty in a range of programs, including Percussion Studies, Jazz Studies, and Strings, placed an emphasis on faculty research in the realms of Baroque music and new and experimental music, grew the UW’s Jazz Studies program, fortified longstanding ties between the School of Music and... Read more
Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir
School of Music faculty report recent performance and research activities, honors, accolades, and other notable updates. Assistant professor of cello Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir extended her immersion in the six cello suites of J.S. Bach recently, performing six suites in six churches one day in June in the Westfjords of Iceland. Though her planned recital of the suites in May at Meany Hall was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she performed three of the suites virtually on... Read more
Music Ed PhD candidate Juliana Cantarelli Vita
University School of Music students and alumni report recent academic appointments, performances, career milestones and other notable achievements. Ethnomusicology doctoral student Jocelyn Mory was recently selected to receive a UW Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship to fund her dissertation writing for one quarter during the 2020-21 year. Her working title: Reclaiming the Archives: Matepe Music Sustainability in Zimbabwe’s Northeastern Borderlands.... Read more
Grand Finale banner
The University of Washington School of Music celebrated its 2020 graduates on June 12 with a virtual Grand Finale Celebration. Of the 54 graduates in the UW Music Class of 2020, 28 earned doctoral or master’s degrees and 26 earned bachelor’s degrees in a variety of music programs. Five undergraduates also earned second degrees in music or other areas of the University, including Societies, Law, and Justice; Economics, History, and English. The school’s virtual celebration included a watch... Read more
Collage of book covers
 UW Music Education students and faculty have assembled a list of notable books on the subjects of diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom and beyond. "At a challenging time in the history of our American schools and society, professional music educators will do well to read and reflect upon issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially as they are relevant to the reform of curricular design and instructional practice,” the program noted recently on its social media channels... Read more