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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
UW Music scholarship students present a recital on Feb. 12
In light of public health advisories on social distancing and following University of Washington guidelines, the UW School of Music has canceled all remaining public events in the 2019-20 academic year. "The safety of our students, faculty, and community is of utmost concern, and it was clearly in the best interest of all to suspend public events until further notice," says School of Music Director Richard Karpen. Patrons who have purchased tickets for School of Music events at Meany Hall may... Read more
Students at work in the UW Music Library (1950s).
The UW Music Library joins other libraries on the University of Washington campus in closing until further notice, pending university guidance.  To aggressively support the State’s recommendation to flatten the curve of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all UW Libraries locations have closed until further notice.  Music, Art, and Drama Library Head Erin Conor announced the closure in a March 20 note to School of Music faculty and staff. "While our physical operations have... Read more
Door detail
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, in accordance with University of Washington guidelines, access to the Music Building is restricted until further notice. School of Music main office staff are on hand from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays to answer calls and emails.  Music Building Hours:Restricted Access Until Further Notice:Access to the Music Building is restricted to School of Music faculty and essential... Read more