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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
Ganesh Rajagopolan, Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist (Photo: Steve Korn).
Violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan returns to the UW School of Music in 2018 as the Fall Quarter Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist.  Fans of this virtuosic musician recall his Nov 2017 performance at the University's Meany Hall with visiting artist Zakir Hussain, a longtime musical collaborator. A master violinist and vocalist of Carnatic music, Rajagopalan is known in India and worldwide for his virtuosity as a violinist and for his innovative approach to music-making, in which he combines his... Read more
UW Music faculty member Steve Rodby (Photo: Steve Korn)
Bassist Steve Rodby and composer Yiğit Kolat join the School of Music faculty in Fall 2018, bringing internationally recognized expertise and talent to the Jazz Studies and Composition programs.  Steve Rodby, Jazz Studies Bassist Steve Rodby joins the School of Music Jazz Studies faculty in Fall 2018. A 15-time Grammy winner known for his work as a studio musician, record producer/editor, and longtime member of the Pat Metheny... Read more