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View of the Quad from the Music Library (Photo: Joanne DePue).
February 14, 2024
Current faculty searches under way at the School of Music convey both a recommitment to the basics that have marked the School’s instruction over the past 15 decades, but also a commitment to new directions in its curriculum and its priorities. Tenure-track, assistant professor positions opening on the faculty in the areas of Music Education, Composition/Improvisation/Theory, and Music Technology will enable the School to broaden its perspectives and the... Read more
Phillip Blackburn, "Ordo"
February 14, 2024
Philip Blackburn hasn’t featured on MusicWeb for a few years and I’m delighted his invigorating double album Ordo has landed on my lap for review. If readers haven’t encountered him before, Blackburn is the epitome of what it might once have been acceptable to label a Renaissance Man.  ... Read more
Phillip Blackburn, "Ordo"
February 14, 2024
Une anthologie personnelle...parfois déconcertante !    Compositeur et artiste sonore expérimental né à Cambridge (Royaume-Uni) et installé à Saint-Paul (Minnesota, États-Unis), Philip Blackburn dirige aussi Neuma Records, label sur lequel est sorti son dernier opus, Ordo, une large  sélection de ses œuvres. J'avais beaucoup apprécié ses ... Read more
Bill McColl, former longtime UW clarinet professor (Photo: courtesy Seattle Times).
January 18, 2024
Read the full obituary in the Seattle Times William Duncan McColl passed away peacefully on January 7, 2024, of respiratory failure with his son by his side. Bill was an American clarinetist and professor of music at the University of Washington, and a founding member of both the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet ( Read more
School of Music student Jai Lasker
January 3, 2024
School of Music student Jai Lasker participated in the Office of Undergraduate Research’s Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities (SIAH), which offered the 2023 undergraduate cohort an immersion into interdisciplinary research with A Black Sense: Time, Art and Being. This year’s theme was developed... Read more
Music History faculty Mark Rodgers
November 23, 2023
Music History faculty member Mark Rodgers has re-vamped the long-running music appreciation course, Music 185, "The Concert Season," to broaden students' access to music and musicians in a variety of ways. Learn more in this article from Arts and Sciences News.... Read more
John C. Hanford (Photo: Steve Korn).
November 14, 2023
Scholar Mark Buford’s visit to the University of Washington on November 17 to deliver the School of Music’s 2023 Lecture in American Music is made possible by the generosity of a longtime School of Music friend whose ties extend back decades to his days as a UW student and his 20-plus years as a popular lecturer in the Music History program. John C. Hanford’s (’03 PhD Music History) studies in musicology at the School of Music culminated in a PhD and two graduate dissertations, “Realities... Read more
Robin and Rachelle McCabe performed recitals and led masterclasses in three cities in China (Photo: courtesy Robin McCabe).
November 14, 2023
Honors, accolades, research highlights and other news from the School of Music faculty. Robin McCabe, pianoThe UW piano professor recently completed a three-city tour of China with her sister, pianist Rachelle McCabe. The duo performed recitals and master classes at Xi’an Conservatory, in Xi’an, Remnin University in Beijing, and Tianjin Conservatory in Tianjin. McCabe sums up the tour succinctly, reporting “great halls, excellent pianos, scrumptious cuisine, and avid... Read more
Participants in the Halloween Organ Concert
November 8, 2023
School of Music students and alumni report recent academic appointments, honors, performances, and other artistic and scholarly accomplishments. Jiannan Cheng (’14 MM, Wind Conducting) has been selected as a cover conductor for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Her responsibilities include understudying the scores for the music director and guest conductors, giving pre-concert lectures, and conducting in rehearsals and concerts as needed. Her first rehearsals with the orchestra... Read more
Carmen at Tacoma Opera
November 8, 2023
Tacoma Opera’s recent production of Carmen may as well have been staged on the UW campus for all of the current and past students and faculty involved on stage, in the pit, and in a host of roles behind the scenes. Credit for this proliferation of UW-connected personnel lies in no small part with the leadership of Limuel Forgey, Tacoma Opera’s general director and a doctoral voice student at the UW. Since his appointment at Tacoma Opera earlier this year, he has noticeably—and... Read more