Recent News

Violinist Renee Zhang
Renee Zhang was named the winner and Christine Chu the runner-up in the final round of the UW Bach E Major Violin Concerto Competition, presented January 14 by the University of Washington Strings Program. Zhang, Chu, and fellow finalists Dalma Ashby and Randy Zhang performed from their respective homes in a competition broadcast over Zoom and streamed live to the School of Music YouTube channel. They were competing for an opportunity to play the concerto at a future performance by the UW... Read more
Paul B. Fritts
Two donor gifts in support of organ performance will honor over a century of organ instruction and performance at the University of Washington School of Music, moving this highly regarded program to a new level of national prominence. The organ builder and artist Paul B. Fritts has generously endowed the first Faculty Fellowship in the School of Music, with a remarkable $1.5 million gift that will provide support for the organ performance degree programs. The Paul B. Fritts Endowed Faculty... 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