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Kai en concerto winner
March 6, 2024
The winners of three divisional School of Music concerto competitions— Kai-En Cheng, violin, Ella Kalinichenko, piano, and Rachel Reyes, flute—perform their winning concerto excerpts with the UW Symphony on April 26. In addition, the orchestra’s April 26 program includes the work of another outstanding student winner: UW composition student Yonatan Ron, a master's student who studies with Huck Hodge and Yigit Kolat, who won the UW’s recent composition competition with his piece "What Stood... Read more
David Rahbee
March 6, 2024
A new faculty appointment for David Alexander Rahbee, the longtime head of orchestral activities and chair of the orchestral conducting program at the School of Music, changes his title from senior artist-in-residence to associate professor of music, an appointment with tenure effective in Fall 2024. A native of Boston, Rahbee studied conducting at the New England Conservatory, Université de Montréal, Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, and at the Pierre Monteux School. A... Read more
Melia Watras (Photo: Michelle Smith Lewis)
February 29, 2024
Honors, accolades, research highlights, and other news from the School of Music faculty. Joël-François Durand, CompositionThe School of Music acting director and professor of Composition reports the recent release of Geister, a two-CD collection of his works recorded in 2021 and 2022 and released on the Kairos contemporary music label. Including compositions written over the last two... Read more
Bassoonist Paul Rafanelli (Photo: Steve Korn).
February 23, 2024
When School of Music faculty bassoonist Paul Rafanelli performs Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major with the UW Symphony at Meany Hall on March 8, 2024, it will be with a sense of déjà vu—the Seattle Symphony bassoonist and UW artist-in-residence performed the same piece in the same location with the UW orchestra in March 1984—almost exactly 40 years ago—while a student at the UW. Leading up to his spotlight performance, the head of the UW bassoon studio graciously agreed to answer... Read more
Music Building
February 23, 2024
Phase One upgrades complete; Music Building improvements to occur in Phase Two A major fundraising initiative to remodel and upgrade critical spaces in the Music and Art Buildings at the University of Washington has made steady progress over the past year, with phase one improvements to the School of Art + Art History + Design now complete and an important fundraising milestone for the School of Music recently reached with gifts to the campaign now totaling more than $1.5 million. Critical... Read more
Wind Ensemble Korea Tour Group 2024 (Mark Stone, UW Photography)
February 15, 2024
While many of the School of Music’s students and faculty will welcome a short break at the end of Winter Quarter, members of the UW Wind Ensemble and director Timothy Salzman will be on the move, traveling, rehearsing, and performing in South Korea. The ensemble heads to South Korea March 16-22 for performances at Woosong University in Daejeon, South Korea. They will be accompanied by voice DMA student Eun Ju Vivianna Oh, flute professor Donna Shin, and DMA pianist Mia HyeYeon Kim, all of whom... Read more
Joël-François Durand
February 14, 2024
University of Washington Professor Joël-François Durand will serve as acting director of the School of Music through June 2025, a final one-year extension of his initial appointments to the position.  The longtime Composition professor was named interim director of the School of Music in the wake of the unexpected death in February 2022 of former director JoAnn Taricani, whose five-year term would have ended on June 30, 2025. A member of the School of Music Composition faculty since 1991,... Read more
View of the Quad from the Music Library (Photo: Joanne DePue).
February 14, 2024
Current faculty searches under way at the School of Music convey both a recommitment to the basics that have marked the School’s instruction over the past 15 decades, but also a commitment to new directions in its curriculum and its priorities. Tenure-track, assistant professor positions opening on the faculty in the areas of Music Education, Composition/Improvisation/Theory, and Music Technology will enable the School to broaden its perspectives and the... Read more
Phillip Blackburn, "Ordo"
February 14, 2024
Philip Blackburn hasn’t featured on MusicWeb for a few years and I’m delighted his invigorating double album Ordo has landed on my lap for review. If readers haven’t encountered him before, Blackburn is the epitome of what it might once have been acceptable to label a Renaissance Man.  ... Read more
Phillip Blackburn, "Ordo"
February 14, 2024
Une anthologie personnelle...parfois déconcertante !    Compositeur et artiste sonore expérimental né à Cambridge (Royaume-Uni) et installé à Saint-Paul (Minnesota, États-Unis), Philip Blackburn dirige aussi Neuma Records, label sur lequel est sorti son dernier opus, Ordo, une large  sélection de ses œuvres. J'avais beaucoup apprécié ses ... Read more

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