Recent News

Clyde Jussila
School of Music alumnus and former longtime faculty member Clyde Jussila died in July 2020 at age 100. Born in Kent, Washington to Fanny and Matti Jussila, Clyde Jussila lived much of his life in Washington state. As a young man he grew up in Issaquah, where he graduated from Issaquah High School in 1938. Clyde earned his BA from the UW and his MFA Degree in music from Kansas State University. In 1942, Clyde enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Third Infantry during World War II. He... Read more
Orchestral conducting alumnus Tigran Arakelyan
School of Music students and alumni report recent appointments, performances, career milestones and other notable achievements. Gabriela Garza (DMA, Orchestral Conducting) has been working this year with the Seattle Youth Symphony as assistant conductor to music director Juan Felipe Molano for both the Advanced and Intermediate Virtual Orchestras. She is also in her first year as Music Director of the Poulsbo Community Orchestra, organizing and leading five virtual community... Read more
UW Chorale garage rehearsal
Giselle Wyers, chair of the Voice & Chorale departments explains how the UW Chorale has found an unlikely practice space in the campus parking garage. Featured on UW 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