Entries by Eric Murtaugh

MWSoM project funded by Research Core Revitalization Program

A Mead Witter School of Music research project by professors Martha Fischer and John Stowe is one of 17 projects funded by the Research Core Revitalization Program. The program will strengthen campus research core capacities by supporting the upgrade, replacement or duplication of heavily used shared research resources. The mission of “Replacement of Workhorse Musical […]

Anthony Di Sanza named to Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship

Extraordinary members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty have been honored during the last year with awards supported by the estate of professor, U.S. senator and UW Regent William F. Vilas (1840-1908). Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorships Professor of Percussion Anthony Di Sanza is one of seven professors named to Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorships, an award […]

Laura Schwendinger joins AMF roundtable discussion on realities facing women composers

Professor of Composition Laura Schwendinger joined an Aspen Music Festival roundtable discussion focusing on the history and currency of the realities facing women composers. Chaired by Julia Wolfe, the intergenerational participants reflected on their shared heritage as female composers—a lineage in which they are defining members. Participating composers included Tania León, Missy Mazzoli, and Laura Schwendinger, with […]

July 24, 2020: A National Conversation on Music Education in Higher Ed: At the Crossroads of Real Change?

The College Music Society July 24, 2020 11:00 am CDT Register Moderated by Teryl Dobbs (CMS National Board Member for Music Education, Professor and Chair, Music Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison), the panel will discuss current issues in music education with focus on the pandemic and anti-racism initiatives. Panelists will include Janet Barrett (Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman […]

Trade Winds Ensemble awarded 2020 Baldwin Funded Seed Project Grant

The Trade Winds Ensemble recently received a 2020 Baldwin Funded Seed Project Grant. The ensemble, led by Midori Samson, is a group of six teaching artists interested in the emergence of music education and social justice. The Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment is a competitive grant program that fosters public engagement and the advancement of the […]

UW–Madison students, guest artists and interdisciplinary artists-in-residence present an event on June 30

Ben Barson and Gizelxanath Rodriguez, the spring 2020 University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of the Arts‘ Interdisciplinary Artists-in-Residence, guest artists and students will premiere the culminating work of the residency during a virtual event on Tuesday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. on Facebook on the UW-Madison Arts on Campus page: go.wisc.edu/artivism. After the event there will […]

Dr. Olson to join Kent State University’s Glauser School of Music

Dr. Darin Olson will join Kent State University’s Glauser School of Music as the director of athletic bands and associate director of bands, where he’ll lead the Marching Golden Flashes, Flasher Brass and Symphony Band along with teaching courses. Since 2013, Darin has served as the assistant director of bands at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the […]

Distinguished Alumni Award nominations now open

Nominations for the 2020 Mead Witter School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award are now open. This award recognizes an alumnus or alumna who is making, or has made, an outstanding contribution to the Music profession in service or in artistic impact. In addition to the award, the award recipient will receive recognition on the school’s website with a profile […]

Cellist Cole Randolph to perform first virtual Grace Presents concert

The first Grace Presents virtual concert, filmed in the resonant nave of Grace Church, will feature cellist Cole Randolph, performing selections for solo cello by J. S. Bach, Bright Sheng, and George Crumb. Cole, a class of 2020 graduate and a Posse Foundation Leadership Scholar, received his Bachelor of Science Degree this spring with majors in […]

Statement of Solidarity – Justice for George Floyd

The Mead Witter School of Music is immensely saddened by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Tony Robinson and countless others. Though we are saddened, we cannot claim shock: this country’s history is laced with anti-Black violence. We feel that it is a matter of human dignity and duty to […]

Student’s collaborative work wins MOZAIK Future Art Award

Trombonist Cole Bartels and composer Brian Mark’s work “Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” was selected as a winner of the MOZAIK Philanthropy’s “Future Art Awards” competition. The work was one of 10 winners selected from an applicant pool of 1,100+ submissions. At the onset of the national pandemic, MOZAIK Philanthropy “put a call out to […]

MWSoM alumnus named seventh chancellor of UW-Green Bay

Dr. Michael Alexander, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, has been named the University’s seventh chancellor. Alexander began his new role May 1, 2020. Michael Alexander named UW-Green Bay Chancellor “I am honored and humbled to work for the dedicated and talented students, faculty and staff at the […]

Chancellor: UW plans for a safe return this fall

UW is carefully planning for a return to campus, writes Chancellor Blank.  The next academic year is likely to have elements of virtual delivery of instruction, coupled with other changes to promote community health and safety. Details: https://chancellor.wisc.edu/blog/blanks-slate-planning-for-a-safe-return-to-campus/

Celebrating MWSoM graduates: Cole Nasman

What are your plans after graduation? Next fall I will be heading to the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music to begin pursuing a master’s degree in percussion performance. What will you miss most about the School of Music? I will definitely miss the people from the School of Music the most. I have made […]

Celebrating MWSoM graduates: Michnari Robinson

What are your plans after graduation? I am going to be teaching in Philadelphia for the next school year, as part of the ArtistYear Americorps program. What will you miss most about the School of Music? I’m going to miss the people I got to share music with. There was so much compelling music being […]

Celebrating MWSoM graduates: Lana Hantzsch

What are your plans after graduation? During my time at UW, I majored in Music Performance (Percussion), Neurobiology, and Psychology. After graduating in May, I will continue to pursue a career in neuroscience. I have accepted a position as the Lab Manager for a research group at the UW-Madison Waisman Center that studies the neurological […]