Recent News

David Alexander Rahbee.
When David Rahbee began decorating his office after joining the UW School of Music as Director of Orchestral Activities and Chair of Orchestral Conducting in 2013, he immediately put up two posters. One was of Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The other was of British conductor Sir Simon Rattle. Both served as influential way finders for Rahbee during the decade he spent living and working in Vienna, Austria between 2002 and 2010. “I camped out in Vienna and learned as much as I could,”... Read more
Christina Sunardi
The University of Washington Department of Dance announced Feb. 10 the appointment of School of Music associate professor Christina Sunardi as the department’s next chair, effective July 1, 2020. The announcement was shared via a letter to UW Dance faculty, staff and students signed by UW Dance faculty Rachael Lincoln and Hannah Wiley (interim co-chairs), and Associate Professor Jennifer Salk, who steps down on June 30th after six and a half years as department chair.... Read more
Pacific Northwest Ballet and the School of Music are collaborating on a symposium exploring the ballet "Giselle" (Photo: courtesy Pacific Northwest Ballet).
April symposium examines the historical roots of an enduring ballet tale while celebrating its revival. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s April 2020 staging of Adolphe Adams’ 1841 ballet Giselle—its first since 2014—is a rare instance of an American company basing a revival of a 19th-century classical ballet on primary source documents. So says UW Music History professor JoAnn Taricani, who along with PNB education programs manager (and School of Music alumnus) Doug Fullington co-presents “Re-... Read more
Professor Giselle Wyers. Photo: Danielle Barnum.
An exceptionally full year finds Giselle Wyers immersed in multiple large projects both at the University and beyond. Head of the School of Music's choral conducting and voice programs and director of the University Chorale (an auditioned ensemble of UW undergraduates), she also is in demand as a clinician and as a composer of commissioned choral works. Professor Wyers conducts all-state choruses this season in Kansas, Nevada, and Wisconsin. She recently completed five choral commissions on... Read more
Music Ed alumnus Kevin Clayton (left) was recently named Washington State Teacher of the Year by the Washington Music Educators Association (Photo: Pasco School District).
Academic appointments, performances, career milestones and other notable achievements are among recent news reported by UW Music students and alumni. Music Education alumnus Kevin Clayton, now director of instrumental music at Chiawana High School in Pasco, Washington, has been named the Washington Music Educators Association 2020 High School Music Educator of the Year (See story,... Read more