Recent News

Book and CD collage
As the year comes to a close and festivities abound, some University of Washington faculty creations can make great gifts for the thinking Dawg on your giving list. Here’s a quick look at some gift-worthy books and music created by UW talents in the last year or so, courtesy Peter Kelley of UW News.  Read more here.
Stuart MacDonald performs with the UW Big Band
University of Washington Jazz Studies alumni Stuart MacDonald and Levi Gillis--both saxophonists--recently received some welcome and significant financial support for their creative endeavors with grant awards from the Raynier Foundation (MacDonald) and Seattle's Artist's Trust (Gillis).  Jazz Studies Alum Stuart MacDonald awarded Raynier Foundation grant Stuart MacDonald, graduate student in the Jazz and Improvised Music program, was recently awarded a $150,000, multi-year... Read more
Randolph Hokanson by Walt Puckett
By  - Special to The Seattle Times Randolph Henning Hokanson carried his high musical standards from the concert stage to the University of Washington classroom, inspiring generations of young pianists and concert audiences alike, and continuing to teach and perform well after retirement. A perfectionist at the keyboard and a musician who never lost his sense of... Read more
Percussion Studies Chair Bonnie Whiting at the Asheville, N.C., Percussion Festival, 2018 (Photo: Jesse Kit).
School of Music faculty report news of recent travels, festival appearances,  publications, recordings and distinctions in recent months on campus and in parts beyond, and note the passing of a valued former colleague.   Michael Brockman, Saxophone  The artist-in-residence performed lead saxophone for the entire run of  Seattle Opera's Porgy and Bess production this past summer at McCaw Hall. He also performed as part of the Centrum all-star big band... Read more
Graduate wind conducting student Shayna Stahl (Photo: courtesy Shayna Stahl).
School of Music students and alumni report awards, publications, promotions, and summer travels among recent activities on campus and around the world. School of Music students and alumni were among top prize winners of the 2017-18 American Prize, announced recently by the nonprofit Hat City Music Theater in Danbury Connecticut.  Shayna Stahl, DMA student in the Wind Conducting program, was first-place winner in the Conducting, Community Band Wind Band/Wind Ensemble Division... Read more