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To: The UW School of Music Community (students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends) From: Richard Karpen, Director, School of Music; and JoAnn Taricani, Director Designate, School of Music  We are sending this message in a time of distressing turmoil. Although it is difficult to find the words that can convey the depth of our individual experiences and our collective feelings of outrage, sorrow, and profound disappointment, our School of Music must speak in support of our... Read more
Sarah Kolat has been making masks during the COVID 19 pandemic (Photo: Courtesy Sarah Kolat).
UW Music History doctoral student Sarah Kolat had been thinking about medical masks even before the COVID 19 pandemic, when her young daughter Anouk contracted an infection in February 2020 requiring a short hospital stay. “Last month when Anouk was in the hospital, because the type of infection she had, every member of the staff was required to use full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) when they came into the room. Gloves, masks, and gowns,” Kolat wrote on Facebook in mid-March. “These... Read more
Newly appointed voice faculty Carrie Shaw (Ben Marcum Photo)
Soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw is soon to begin a new appointment at the University of Washington, adding a base in Seattle to her artistic communities in Chicago and St. Paul/Minneapolis. Her appointment as artist-in-residence in the Voice program begins in Autumn 2020, but she is already anticipating possibilities for creative collaborations and work with the students she will meet come fall. The Chicago Tribune has deemed Shaw a “cool, precise soprano,” but her creative acumen is... Read more
JoAnn Taricani, Director, School of Music.
Professor JoAnn Taricani has been named the next director of the University of Washington School of Music. A longtime faculty member in the Music History program at the university, she succeeds Richard Karpen as director in a five-year appointment taking effect July 1, 2020. UW College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Stacey and Divisional Dean of the Arts Catherine Cole announced the selection following an internal search process that sought input from the School of Music community.    "In... Read more
Timothy Salzman directs the UW Wind Ensemble.
By Nancy Joseph, UW Perspectives Timothy Salzman had big plans for the UW Wind Ensemble for 2020. He had organized the 54-member ensemble’s first-ever tour of South Korea, with performances scheduled in three Korean cities over spring break. Then the coronavirus hit and the trip was canceled. Before long, Wind Ensemble on-campus rehearsals and concerts were canceled as well, as all UW faculty were required to teach their courses... Read more