Recent News

Lee Konitz
A special appearance by modern jazz pioneer Lee Konitz and his New Quartet kicks off the School of Music 2010-11 concert season. The alto saxophonist, an iconic figure in modern jazz who has performed and collaborated with many of the greatest names in jazz, will be in Seattle for an engagement at the Triple Door nightclub on Oct. 5. The Quartet--Konitz and the members of Trio Minsarah (Florian Weber, piano; Jeff Denson, bass; and Ziv Ravitz drums)--will appear at the School of Music's... Read more
Cuong Vu
The landscape for jazz in Seattle is growing ever more vibrant, thanks in large part to excellent programs at the middle and high school levels and some dynamic talent and creativity emanating from the UW School of Music. Read all about it in the New York Times (registration may be required).
The Seattle music community suffered a major loss on July 31 with the untimely death of conductor George Shangrow. Born and raised in Seattle, he attended Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington, where he studied conducting with Samuel Krachmalnick and harpsichord with Sylvia Kind. School of Music alumnus Melinda Bargreen remembers George Shangrow in a recent tribute in the ... Read more
School of Music professor Craig Sheppard earned rave reviews for his masterful performances at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival Beethoven this past June.  Read more in the Lacrosse Tribune.
Bust showing brain sections
"Where words fail, music speaks," wrote Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. But researchers are learning that music may also encourage speech in patients suffering the debilitating effects of strokes and other neurological conditions. Some of the world's leading experts in the fields of music cognition and perception will share these and other recent research findings on the University of Washington campus August 23-27 when faculty from Music, Psychology, and Speech and Hearing welcome... Read more