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Stuart Dempster and Bill Smith
Milestone birthdays and 50 years of collaborative music-making reunite two of the UW’s all-time favorite music professors Oct. 26 at Meany Theater when professors emeriti Stuart Dempster and William O. “Bill” Smith present  “Eighty and Ninety” on the School’s Music of Today Series. The musicians forged their friendship in the late 1960s when both were young professors at the School of... Read more
Bonnie Whiting, UW head of Percussion Studies
Percussionist Bonnie Whiting has been involved in music since early childhood, but it was the appeal of the stomping, tapping, and other rhythmic movements of her dance lessons that helped her find her musical focus. “I started as a dancer,” says the newly arrived chair of the UW’s Percussion Studies Program, “and I loved the rhythm of moving my body.”  Her supportive parents enrolled her in piano lessons early, but, “the best thing they ever did was allow me to quit piano lessons at the age... Read more
Professor Emerita Diane Thome has written a memoir, "Palaces of Memory"
The fascinating life of pioneering composer Diane Thome gets a most personal treatment in a recently published memoir by the UW professor emerita, the first woman to graduate Princeton University with a PhD in music. In Palaces of Memory: American Composer Diane Thome on her Life and Music (Friesen Press), Thome recounts the obstacles and opportunities she encountered as a path-breaking female composer in the realm of computer-synthesized music. Thome, former chair of the composition... Read more
Closeup of piano strings
Join us at the school’s Brechemin Auditorium for more than 60 concerts and music-related events offered free of charge in 2016-17, thanks to the generosity of School of Music friend Mina B. Person. A member of the Brechemin family that has made so much possible for students at the school over the past five decades, Person’s gift creates learning and performance opportunities for School of Music students and the greater UW Music community.   Free Admission to Select Concert Season Events in... Read more
UW performance faculty at light rail station
An appearance by world-renowned pianist Jonathan Biss, rare presentations of music by 20th century composer Harry Partch, a dramatic musical presentation of Verdi’s Requiem as performed by imprisoned musicians in the Terezín Concentration Camp of Nazi Germany, and a staged presentation of Henry Purcell’s Baroque opera Dido and Aeneas are among more than 100 performances and music-related events to be presented in 2016-17 by the University of... Read more