Scott Blasco, associate professor, music, composed “Momentia/Minutia” for marimba quartet recorded by Heartland Marimba Quartet on their new album, Vision.
Lori Wiest, professor, music, was named to receive the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award in Leadership at WSU Showcase 2019.
Greg Yasinitsky, Regents Professor, music, conducted the premiere of his commissioned composition JEN-TEN at the 2019 Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans.
Greg Yasinitsky, Regents Professor, music, released a new CD titled YAZZ Band (WSU Recordings). The disc also features music faculty members Sarah Miller, Brian Ward, and David Jarvis, along with alumni Patrick Sheng and PJ Kelley, and Professor Emerita Ann Marie Yasinitsky. YAZZ Band was recorded in the WSU Recording Studio by David Bjur, recording engineer. Bebop Spoken Here, UK, named YAZZ Band among “CDs of the Year – Big Bands.”
Dean Luethi, associate professor and director, Danh Pham, associate professor, and Ruth Boden, associate professor, music, performed and conducted workshops at Guangzhou University in Guangzhou, China.
Gregory Yasinitsky, Regents Professor, music, with a colleague released the CD Mediterranean Connection and performed in various venues in Italy, where he also presented a masterclass at the Frescobaldi Conservatory at the University of Ferrara.
Gregory Yasinitsky, Regents Professor, music, completed a residency at Long Beach City College (California) and appeared as a guest saxophonist and composer in a program of all-Yasinitsky compositions with the Long Beach City College Jazz Band, directed by alumnus Patrick Sheng. While there, Yasinitsky also presented a masterclass for LBCC students.
Jeffrey Savage, professor, and Karen Savage, associate professor, music, performed piano duo recitals at Utah Valley University in Orem and at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah.
Scott Blasco, assistant professor, music, composed and published the CD Pentecost (Irritable Hedgehog Music).
Fran Meserve, principal assistant, music, received the WSU Crimson Spirit Award for July 2018.