Entries by Eric Murtaugh

Two Wisconsins: The chasm between the lived realities of African-American and white children in Wisconsin

According to recent data published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 70% of all children residing in Wisconsin are identified as white, while 9% of the state’s children are identified as non-Hispanic Black. Yet Black children in Wisconsin face grave, disproportionate risks that include residing in families who live below the federal poverty level, experiencing […]

No Spring Varsity Concert in 2021

Given the continued and necessary restrictions on gathering sizes for rehearsals, classes, and gatherings (indoors and outdoors), the Spring 2021 Varsity Concert will not take place.  Read the full announcement >>

MEMF, School of Music announce administrative partnership

The Madison Early Music Festival (MEMF) is moving from its administrative home in the UW-Madison Division of the Arts to a new administrative home in the Mead Witter School of Music as of February 2021. The festival will be known as the Madison Early Music Festival, a program of the Mead Witter School of Music.  […]

Summer Music Clinic registration now open

Learn more and register Badger Precollege is excited to introduce the 2021 virtual Summer Music Clinic (SMC) experience. This year, SMC will run a series of 3-day intensives designed to help students grow as musicians and build authentic community connections. Students may select from an array of performance-based classes and electives in band, orchestra, choir, […]

Division of the Arts announces 2021 Creative Arts Awards recepients

By DotA staff A two-year long photographic essay project by Darcy Padilla (Art Department) examining the profound economic and social disparities experienced by Americans caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A contemporary art exhibition by Roberto Torres Mata (Art Department) at the Chazen Museum of Art spotlighting the complex issues of migration from both human and animal perspectives. A premiere of a […]

Jeanette Ross, former professor of piano, passed away

We are saddened to learn that Professor Jeanette Ross died Dec. 21, 2020. Professor Ross earned music degrees from Northwestern University School of Music and the American Conservatory of Music before joining the music faculty at Monticello College in 1946. She would later join the School of Music faculty in 1957, where she played an […]

Hamel Music Center: The structural key to outstanding performances

  The Hamel Music Center was featured in the January 2021 issue of Structure magazine. “A balance between the structural, acoustic, and architectural designs resulted in a world-class music facility right on the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus. Little does the musician or event-goer know that, to achieve acoustic perfection, three separate buildings were designed – […]

A Special Retrospective Schubertiade

Schubertiade 2021 Program Schubertiade 2021 Biographies Schubertiade 2021 Texts & Translations For the 8th consecutive year, the Mead Witter School of Music will present its annual Schubertiade, a special concert celebrating the music of Franz Schubert. Traditionally these concerts have been held around the composer’s birthday. This year’s concert will in fact occur on his […]


Laura Schwendinger awarded 2020 Fromm Foundation Commission

Professor Laura Schwendinger is one of 14 composers selected to receive a 2020 Fromm commission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. The award marks Professor Schwendinger’s second Fromm commission. According to the foundation, these commissions represent one of the principal ways that the foundation seeks to strengthen composition and to bring contemporary concert […]

Faculty presenting papers at AJS Annual Conference

Professors Rachel Brenner and Teryl Dobbs are presenting papers at the Association for Jewish Studies 52nd Annual Conference as part of the panel Uses and Abuses of Art in Representations of Holocaust Violence. The panel is on Dec. 15 from 11:30 am-12:45 pm CST, and is one of several selected by AJS to be lived […]

Celebrate with winter 2020 graduates during virtual commencement ceremony

By Doug Erickson University Communications UW–Madison will confer nearly 3,000 degrees this Sunday at its winter 2020 commencement ceremony, to be held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic. The virtual ceremony will be released at wisc.edu/commencement beginning at 11 a.m. central time on Dec. 13. The ceremony will be prerecorded, not live, and will be available to the […]

Voice & Opera students place high at Wisconsin NATS auditions

Several Voice & Opera students placed in the semifinalist or finalist category well at the 2020 Wisconsin NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) annual auditions. Here are the results: Semifinalists (all students of Professor Jim Doing) Summer Kleppek, Lower College Musical Theatre Women Emily Quartemont, Sophomore Women Maria Steigerwald, Junior Women Finalists, and all […]

Hamel Music Center named Midwest’s Best Cultural Project 2020 by Engineering News-Record

The Hamel Music Center has been named the Midwest’s Best Cultural Project 2020 by the Engineering News-Record. From the Engineering News-Record release: Built on a heavily trafficked and often noisy corner of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Hamel Music Center’s design was driven by acoustic considerations. The 75,000-sq-ft performance, instruction, recording and practice space consolidates […]

Jun and Sandy Lee named AFP’s Outstanding Individual Philanthropist

Active arts philanthropists and Mead Witter School of Music supporters Jun and Sandy Lee were named Outstanding Individual Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Madison Chapter during the annual National Philanthropy Day celebration. Hosted by AFP Greater Madison, the 33rd Annual National Philanthropy Day took place as a virtual event on November 13, […]

University Opera awarded in National Opera Association Production Competition

University Opera has been awarded 2nd place in the 2019-2020 National Opera Association Production Competition (Division V) for last winter’s production of Cosi fan tutte. The goal of the NOA Opera Production Competition is to further the organization’s mission by encouraging and rewarding creative, high quality opera productions at academic institutions and music conservatories. The […]

School of Music students presenting at a2ru National Conference

Current and former Mead Witter School of Music students are participating in The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) 2020 National Conference, “Land and Equity: The Art and Politics of Place.” Beginning October 15 and held throughout multiple days, the a2ru conference is an opportunity for practitioners and researchers from across the higher […]

Graduate string quartet named in honor of Dr. Marvin Rabin

The Mead Witter of Music graduate string quartet has been named in honor of Dr. Marvin J. Rabin. An internationally acclaimed music educator and Emeritus Professor of Music at UW-Madison, Dr. Rabin (1916-2013) influenced generations of students throughout his life.  Professor of Cello Parry Karp, who will oversee the quartet this fall, was a strong […]