Recent News

Students in Professor Larry Starr's Fall Quarter Music Criticism class investigated many story angles in their quest to reveal fascinating aspects of the University Symphony's preparations for its Friday, Dec. 10 concert at Meany Theater.  The result: seven student-authored articles now posted on a new section of the School of Music website titled Student Writings. The articles include interviews with student musicians, conductor Jonathan Pasternack, and soloist Ron Patterson and offer... Read more
Joel-Francois Durand
Composition professor Joel-Francois Durand has been named one of the University's inaugural UW Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows in recognition of his innovative work in developing a high-end audio tonearm known as the Talea. The fellowship program was established recently by Interim President Phyllis Wise as a way to acknowledge the value that UW faculty entrepreneurship brings to the academy, the region, and to society. Candidates for the honor were nominated by department chairs and... Read more
John McLaughlin
Jazz fusion guitarist John McLaughlin makes a stop at the School of Music Brechemin Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 6 to discuss improvisation in the latest installment of the School's Jazz Dialogues Series.  Read more about this event.
Jonathan Pasternack
The Seattle Times profiles UW Symphony conductor Jonathan Pasternack and presents an overview of our 2010-11 concert season.  Read more in the Seattle Times.
James Beale
Noted composer James M. Beale, professor of theory and composition at the University of Washington School of Music from 1948 to 1994, died November 4 at age 86. In addition to his teaching activities at the School of Music, he served as acting director of the School of Music in 1983-84 and summers 1994-95. Professor Beale, born in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts in 1924, received his early musical training under the guidance of Stanley Chapple. He studied at Harvard College with Walter Piston,... Read more