Recent News

Wind Ensemble members adjusted to extra layers of protection for Autumn Quarter in-person rehearsals at Meany Hall (Photo: Gary Louie).
Students and faculty at the School of Music performed and studied music in Autumn 2020 with some dramatic modifications to format and staging. With nearly all classes held online, music students worked and studied from around the globe but also in some specialized settings on the University of Washington campus. On-campus rehearsals for the school’s large choir and instrumental ensembles in Autumn Quarter required stringent safety protocols developed in tandem with state and UW guidelines, the... Read more
Max Shaffer
School of Music students and alumni report recent academic appointments, performances, career milestones and other notable achievements. Alumna Julia Tai (’10 DMA Orchestral Conducting) was recently appointed Music Director of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. A student of the late UW conducting professor Peter Erös, Tai was selected from among five conductors vying for the position with the Western Montana ensembles. Since completing her UW doctoral studies, Tai co... Read more
Melia Watras 2015
Honors, accolades, research highlights and other news from the School of Music faculty. Geoffrey Boers, Choral Conducting The UW professor of choral conducting developed a summer workshop series for music educators, “Keep Our Choirs Singing,” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The series of three multi-day workshops was designed to equip choral directors to run rehearsals in a virtual environment. Dr. Boers also recently taught concepts at the Washington American... Read more
Pianist Marc Seales (Photo: Steve Korn)
Seattle radio station KNKX presented a studio session with the Marc Seales Group on Nov. 14, 2020, live-streamed from The Forum at Town Hall Seattle. The group’s performance was preceded by an in-depth question-and-answer session with Seales led by KNKX  host Abe Beeson. Seales is a professor of jazz piano at the UW. His group for this session included School of Music faculty member Steve Rodby on bass, Jesse Seales (Professor Seales' brother) on guitar, and Alek Gayton on drums.... Read more
Steve and Sylvia Burges
By Emma SilversteinSchool of Music Constituency Relations Officer Steve and Sylvia Burges have a lot in common: they both enjoy spending time outdoors, they are passionate about the environment, and they love chamber music. The couple, who celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary this year, transplanted to Seattle from California just after they married, when Steve became a professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Washington. Shortly thereafter, Sylvia began... Read more