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Professor Emeritus James C. Carlsen
Professor Emeritus James Caldwell Carlsen died June 11, 2020 at the Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla, Washington. Founder and director of the University of Washington’s Systematic Musicology Program, he served on the Music Education faculty from the late 1960s until his retirement in 1994. Recognized worldwide for his leadership in psychomusicology, research methodology, and music education, Dr. Carlsen was well-known on campus and throughout the world for the substance, insight, clarity, and... Read more
Professor Bela Siki
A Northwest music legend of international renown, Bela Siki died Thursday, at  97, after a lifetime of excellence on the concert stage and in the classroom. The University of Washington emeritus faculty pianist was famous for his elegance and taste — and also for the wry humor and pointed observations that shaped the generations of players who followed in his footsteps. Among them: UW School of Music faculty pianist and former director Robin McCabe, who called him “a master of the art of... Read more
Craig Sheppard,Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Rachel Priday Faculty Concert
The School of Music presents Autumn Quarter faculty performances live-streamed from the University of Washington’s Meany Hall. All performances are presented on the School of Music’s YouTube channel at 7:30 p.m. Access is free. Each performance is followed by a brief question-and-answer session.  MONDAY, NOV. 9, 2020 Faculty Recital: Rachel Lee Priday with Timo Andrés Faculty violinist Rachel Lee Priday and guest pianist Timo Andrés perform music by Ives,... Read more
Ballet in Cold War cover
As Russian and American ballet companies toured each other’s nations, something more than artistic rivalry was at stake, as UW Music History assistant professor Anne Searcy explores in her new book Ballet in the Cold War: A Soviet-American Exchange (Oxford Press). Critic Joel Lobenthal of the Wall Street Journal reviews the work of this newly appointed School of Music faculty member... Read more
Choral Journal cover
UW Choral conducting Professor Giselle Wyers, a member of the editorial board of the Choral Journal, the leading publication of the American Choral Directors Association, reports that the November 2020 issue of the journal focuses on the theme of “Sounds of Blackness,” the first of two Choral Journal issues exploring Black history, music, and composers.  Guest editor Brandon Boyd highlights concerns related to racial inequality, using this journal issue to emphasize the... Read more