Recent News

JoAnn Taricani, Director, School of Music.
Professor JoAnn Taricani has been named the next director of the University of Washington School of Music. A longtime faculty member in the Music History program at the university, she succeeds Richard Karpen as director in a five-year appointment taking effect July 1, 2020. UW College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Stacey and Divisional Dean of the Arts Catherine Cole announced the selection following an internal search process that sought input from the School of Music community.    "In... Read more
Timothy Salzman directs the UW Wind Ensemble.
By Nancy Joseph, UW Perspectives Timothy Salzman had big plans for the UW Wind Ensemble for 2020. He had organized the 54-member ensemble’s first-ever tour of South Korea, with performances scheduled in three Korean cities over spring break. Then the coronavirus hit and the trip was canceled. Before long, Wind Ensemble on-campus rehearsals and concerts were canceled as well, as all UW faculty were required to teach their courses... Read more
Students and faculty of the University of Washington School of Music performance studios present music from across the ages in this digital-only concert series, special for Spring 2020.   The series of premieres of pre-recorded video content highlights past performances at the University as well as special extras recorded by faculty artists exclusively for this series.  Videos are premiering on the School of Music... Read more
David Alexander Rahbee conducts the UW Symphony Orchestra (Photo: Steve Korn)
The School of Music's ensemble directors faced significant hurdles in quickly reimagining 60-to-100-member ensemble courses in the face of a global pandemic. But David Alexander Rahbee, director of orchestral activities at the UW, wasted no time in activating a plan for the student musicians of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra to use their time fruitfully in spring quarter for a deeper-than-usual examination of all nine of Beethoven's symphonies. Rahbee's choice of composer was... Read more
Lorraine Sakata
Field recordings of traditional Afghan music recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s by former longtime UW Ethnomusicology professor Hiromi Lorraine Sakata have been added to the National Recording Registry of the United States Library of Congress. The recordings by Sakata, who served as professor of Ethnomusicology at the UW from 1977 to 1997 followed by a distinguished career at University of California, Los Angeles, were added to the registry alongside 24 other recordings representing a... Read more