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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
Ron Carter
The School of Music presents a free workshop/performance by bassist Ron Carter on Friday, May 28, 1:30 p.m., in Brechemin Auditorium. Carter will be in Seattle May 27-30 for a three-day engagement at Jazz Alley with his Golden Striker Trio, which also features guitarist Russell Malone and pianist Mulgrew Miller. Widely considered one of the greatest living jazz bassists, Ron Carter has appeared on more than 2,000 albums recording with legendary musicians such as Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans,... Read more
Internationally renowned guitarist Pat Metheny stops by the School of Music for a question-and-answer session on Friday, April 30, noon to 1 p.m. in Brechemin Auditorium. A 17-time Grammy award winner, Metheny is a versatile musician almost nearly without peer on any instrument. Over the years, he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Milton Nascimento, and David Bowie, to name but a few. His 20-year songwriting association with keyboardist... Read more