The power of live music

Keri McCarthy holding an oboe.Keri McCarthy’s Distinguished Faculty Address on how live music creates a sense of shared experience delighted the audience with on-the-spot performances of songs spanning two centuries, four continents, and a multitude of genres.

A Fulbright Scholar and internationally recognized chamber musician, soloist, teacher, and clinician, McCarthy showcased the immeasurable value of musical performance in uniting diverse and even divergent populations.

As people emerge from their COVID silos, live music can play a powerful role in strengthening communities worldwide. With the help of all-star faculty ensembles, McCarthy’s presentation is a toe-tapping exploration of the role of music in local and global communities.

The faculty musicians included :

  • Julie Wieck, soprano, and Elena Panchenko, piano
  • Aaron Agulay, tenor, and Yuna Roh, piano
  • The Palouse Trio: Christiano Rodrigues, violin, Ruth Boden, cello, and Fabio Menchetti, piano
  • Faculty Brass Quintet: David Turnbull and Ashley Swanson, trumpet, Martin King, horn, A.J. Miller, trombone, and Chris Dickey, tuba
  • Jacqueline Wilson, bassoon
  • Greg Yasinitsky, saxophone; Cesar Haas, guitar; Dave Bjur, bass; Darryl Singleton, drums
  • Keri McCarthy, oboe

The address also featured compositions by faculty members Scott Blasco and Greg Yasinitsky, as well as Yii Kah Hoe, a 2022–23 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at WSU from Malaysia.

A recording of the March 2020 event is available below and at

Top photo: Keri McCarthy.

By Marilyn Reed, WSU Insider