Recent News

Rachel Lee Priday, violin
Rachel Lee Priday, violin; Joseph Adam, organ; Kevin Weingarten, Music Education; and Kerry O'Brien and Mark Rodgers, Music History, join the School of Music faculty in Fall 2019. Rachel Lee Priday, Violin Violinist Rachel Lee Priday joins the School of Music faculty in 2019-20 as assistant professor in the Strings Program. A former student of Itzhak Perlman, Priday has earned rave reviews from critics since making her orchestral debut at the Aspen Music Festival at age nine and has since... Read more
Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir
Recent honors, accolades, research highlights and other news from the School of Music faculty and staff.  Jonathan Bernard, Music Theory Professor Bernard presented a paper, “Composing with Intervals: Elliott Carter’s Negotiation of the Pitch / Pitch-Class Nexus,” at the symposium New Concepts in Harmony in Musical Composition, 19451975, convened by Gianmario Borio, Pascal Decroupet, and Christoph Neidhöfer at the Fondazione... Read more
Lecture-recital image: Bach cello suites
Faculty cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir presents six Tuesday afternoon lecture-recitals in 2019-20—one for each of the six cello suites of J.S. Bach. She performs the complete works at Meany Hall over two consecutive evenings, May 21 and 22, 2020.  LECTURE-RECITAL DATES Oct. 8 (Suite 6) Nov. 19 (Suite 5) Dec. 3 (Suite 4) Feb. 11 (Suite 3) Feb. 25 (Suite 2) April 7 (Suite 1) Lecture-Recitals are Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. in... Read more
Strings Attached Series assets
School of Music students are the stars of Strings Attached, a year-long series of free concerts presented in the UW’s historic Brechemin Auditorium. Boston-based designer Mary Yang of Open Rehearsal created the visual identity for the series, incorporating intricate connections to the Music Building into her work. The final designs—including calendar, posters, sticker, concert programs... Read more
Steven Demorest
Dr. Steven McGregor Demorest was born August 24, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan, and died September 22, 2019 in Evanston, Illinois after a 20-month battle with a form of lung cancer that – much like him – was very rare. True to his wishes, he passed peacefully at home with his family and loyal dog by his side. Steven devoted his life to his career and his family. He had a sharp wit and loved travel and golf. He was a Professor of Music Education at Northwestern University, after beginning his career... Read more