Entries by Eric Murtaugh

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 […]

Pro Arte Quartet streaming Beethoven String Quartet Cycle

The Pro Arte Quartet continues its yearlong retrospective of Beethoven’s quartets in celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth with a live stream concert on Friday, October 2 at 7:30 pm. The concert will stream live at youtu.be/Mf-Mpt3EyNk from the Mead Witter Foundation Hall at the Hamel Music Center. No audience will be in […]

Ji Hyun (Jenny) Yim wins The American Prize in Conducting

Ji Hyun (Jenny) Yim is the winner of The American Prize in Conducting, 2020, in the community orchestra division. Jenny was selected from applications reviewed recently from all across the United States. The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation’s most comprehensive series of non-profit competitions in the musical and theater arts, […]

In-person UW Marching Band activities suspended

On September 7, Chancellor Blank sent out a message regarding a two-week emphasis on health and safety protocols: news.wisc.edu/chancellor-directs-14-day-student-restrictions-for-health-safety Effectively immediately, in-person activities by the UW Marching Band are suspended as directed by the administration of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This action is necessary as part of the overall campus response to the rapid growth […]

Campus leaders react to Jacob Blake shooting

Last week, campus leaders at UW-Madison responded to the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha. Mead Witter School of Music supports this statement, and we continue to affirm our commitment to dismantling the structures that perpetuate racial disparities both inside and outside the School of Music. Read the full statement from campus leaders here. Read the Mead […]

Music 105 explores genre, identity, and representation on the stage

Music 105 Storytelling on Stage: Introduction to Musical Theater and Opera In the now-famous words of Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?” Ranging from modern hits like Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Wicked, and Chicago, to works of early opera, Music 105 explores questions of genre, identity, and representation on opera and […]

Badger Support Network offers peer-to-peer support groups

Due to COVID-19, this Fall at UW-Madison will look vastly different than previous semesters. Badger Support Network (BSN), a registered student organization sponsored by University Health Services, is stepping in to offer peer-to-peer support groups and stress-busting events that raise awareness towards mental health and well-being. Sign-ups to get involved with BSN for Fall 2020 […]

More details available on School of Music operations during COVID-19

Faculty and staff at the Mead Witter School of Music prepared a list of FAQs at music.wisc.edu/covid-faqs that should offer more guidance on operations specifically related to the department during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plans may change in response to current community health conditions, so please check this page often for updates. Questions related to the […]

Fall 2020 large ensemble placement auditions move online

Video submissions are replacing live auditions for Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Symphony Orchestra for Fall 2020. Students wishing to audition may submit pre-recorded videos via the online audition forms at music.wisc.edu/fall-2020-large-ensemble-placement-auditions. Students will be notified of their placements the first week of classes.

Alexander Gonzalez appointed new assistant director of bands

After the completion of a national search, the Mead Witter School of Music is pleased to announce the hiring of Alexander Gonzalez as the new assistant director of bands. Gonzalez will conduct the Tuesday Night University Band, assist the University of Wisconsin Marching Band, direct the Men’s Hockey Band, and teach courses in conducting. He […]

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 […]