Recent News

The Seattle music community suffered a major loss on July 31 with the untimely death of conductor George Shangrow. Born and raised in Seattle, he attended Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington, where he studied conducting with Samuel Krachmalnick and harpsichord with Sylvia Kind. School of Music alumnus Melinda Bargreen remembers George Shangrow in a recent tribute in the ... Read more
School of Music professor Craig Sheppard earned rave reviews for his masterful performances at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival Beethoven this past June.  Read more in the Lacrosse Tribune.
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"Where words fail, music speaks," wrote Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. But researchers are learning that music may also encourage speech in patients suffering the debilitating effects of strokes and other neurological conditions. Some of the world's leading experts in the fields of music cognition and perception will share these and other recent research findings on the University of Washington campus August 23-27 when faculty from Music, Psychology, and Speech and Hearing welcome... Read more
Eric Banks
School of Music alumnus Eric Banks (MA, Theory, '95; DMA, Choral Conducting, '95) with Austin-based choral group Conspiraire has been awarded the 2010 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award by the national service organization All Chorus America. The $5,000 cash award is given annually to support the creation of new choral music. This year's award will be presented June 18 at Chorus America's national conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Banks will compose a work to be entitled This delicate... Read more
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Music educators seeking new methods for imparting musical culture will study musical traditions from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe in a special summer workshop offered jointly by the University of Washington School of Music and Smithsonian Institution Folkways. The Smithsonian Folkways Certification Workshop in World Pedagogy, set for June 28 through July 2 at the School of Music, will provide teachers with tools and techniques for helping their students learn about culture through songs, stories,... Read more