From a young age, many children dream of what they want to be when they grow up. While some hope to become firefighters or teachers, Western’s Michelle Stranges knew from a young age that she was meant to be a piano tuner.
Forty years later, Stranges is Western’s first full-time piano technician, caring for each and every one of the university’s 85 pianos and four harpsichords.
“I’m an ambassador for the instruments, even a doctor, so to speak,” Stranges said. “I maintain their health and fix them when they’re broken.”
The Department of Music’s new Assistant Professor for Composition Charles Halka has been awarded a Barlow Endowment General Commission to create a work for the ÓNIX Ensamble. The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University reviewed 201 applications and split $80,000 among 13 finalists for commission awards; eight awards went to the General Commission winners.
WWU Clarinet instructor Erika Block has launched a podcast called “Inside the Notes”. It highlights the incredible musical talent that the city of Bellingham hosts throughout the year.
Guest artists with the Sanford-Hill Piano Series, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Bellingham Festival of Music, Marrowstone Music Festival, and Bellingham Music Club create a unique and incredible opportunity for residents and students of Bellingham to hear world-class music year-round.
On Nov. 12, WWU's Jazz Combo I will perform before music educators, district arts supervisors, and leaders in the music education profession from around the country at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National Conference in Dallas, Texas.
On Monday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC Concert Hall, the WWU Symphony Orchestra will showcase the three winners of our annual concerto competition—clarinetist Wayra Quinchiguango, tenor Jacob Bernado, and pianist Sarah Potocki—performing works by Stamitz, Duparc, and Gershwin.
The concert is free and open to the public.
The Western Washington University Department of Music presents the annual Guitars of Western concert Friday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. The performance will feature a debut piece by Professor David Feingold called “Serenade for the Deep State” written expressly for the May 18 performance. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Western Washington University Music Department, UnTwelve and Sound Culture will host the Microtonal Adventures Festival May 18-20. This event will have four concerts, 10 lectures, two workshops and a roundtable discussion exploring music.
This weekend-long event will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May, 18 and will continue through Sunday, May, 20.
WWU Music Librarian Marian Ritter is one of the co-editors of the new book, "Information Literacy in Music: an Instructor’s Companion." Madison, WI: A-R Editions, 2018.
Western Washington University’s Department of Music presents a concert by the Classical/Baroque ensemble Collegium Musicum at the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, May 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. The theme for the concert is “Sturm und Drang,” featuring minor key works by Johann Christian Bach, Johann Baptist Vanhal, and Joseph Martin Kraus. The concert will last about 55 minutes. The Collegium Classical Period orchestral ensemble is conducted by Bertil van Boer; admission is free.
A multimedia event of energetic new percussive music comes to Western at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5 in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall as guest artists composer Elliot Cole and percussionist Peter Ferry join The Western Washington University Percussion Ensemble, featuring Ferry as a soloist in Cole’s new work for soloist, ensemble, and film, The Future is Bright.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Western Washington Concert Choir will hold a performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Church of the Assumption in Bellingham.
The performance, titled “A Light in the Darkness: Songs of Hope and Comfort” will be conducted by Leslie Guelker-Cone. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors, $8 for students, and can be purchased at the WWU Box Office or by calling (360) 650-6146.
The Church of the Assumption is located at 2116 Cornwall Ave., in Bellingham. For more information on the concert, call (360) 650-2385.
Western Washington University’s wind quintet, Fifth Inversion, will be featured at the 2017 National Flute Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota in August, performing five new, five minute compositions by five Western faculty composers.
Fifth Inversion is comprised of Western faculty, including flute instructor Lisa McCarthy, oboe instructor Jennifer Weeks, clarinet instructor Erika Block, bassoon instructor Pat Nelson and horn instructor Gustavo Camacho.
The National Flute Association (NFA) selected their proposal, “5x5x5,” out of nearly 500 entries.
This year's Western Guitars in Concert, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19 in the PAC Concert Hall, will feature music of Debussy, Bellinati, and Piazzolla and Seavello. A special feature for this year’s program has the entire ensemble premiering a piece written for them by ensemble member and Western composition student Isaac Seavello.
The Opera Studio of WWU’s Music Department will produce the Cole Porter Broadway hit “Kiss Me, Kate” on the Mainstage of the Performing Arts Center April 14 & 15 and April 21-23. The production features a full live orchestra.
Assistant Professor of Percussion Patrick Roulet received a grant from the Larson Legacy Foundation to support his Global Spice concert series, which blends western and non-western musical traditions and explores the fusion of world Music with contemporary, classical, jazz, and popular music styles.
NowHearThis! - Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30PM - WWU PAC 16 - FREE
Featuring eclectic and adventurous works ranging from a violin trio to sixteen hands clapping, Western’s contemporary music ensemble presents music at the cutting edge by Maurico Kagel, Tristan Perich, Steve Reich, and Gunther Schuller. NowHearThis! celebrates the challenge of presenting new music in a casual and accessible setting. The evening's program will be introduced by the student performers before each piece is played.