Fran Meserve, principal assistant, music, received the WSU Crimson Spirit Award for July 2018.
Matthew Tatz, graduate student, music, won third place in the 2018 Northwest Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference held at Central Washington University.
Greg Yasinitsky, Regents professor and director, music, received the 2017-18 American Prize in Composition, pops/light music division, for his Jazz Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.
Scott Blasco, assistant professor, music, has been invited to present his surround-audio electroacoustic composition The Deeps at the Society of Composers National Conference in Tacoma, Wash., where the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra will premiere Regents Professor of Music Gregory Yasinitsky‘s Concertino for Flute and Orchestra.
Blasco recently presented The Deeps at the Electroacoustic Barn Dance Festival at Jacksonville University in Florida.
Also this spring, another new Yasinitsky composition, Heartfelt and Diabolical, will receive its national premiere at the national conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance at the University of Cincinnati.
Dean Luethi, associate professor, music, authored Choral Crunches: Pedagogical Exercises for Choirs (GIA Publications, forthcoming). Luethi also presented “Kinesthetic Calibration: Using Movement to Improve Ensemble Accuracy” at the Washington Music Educators Association State Conference.
Karen and Jeffrey Savage, professors, music, delivered an invited performance and served as judges and workshop presenters at the MusiQuest National Piano Competition and Festival in Pune, India.
Anthony Achille, Frankie Bones, and Matthew Tatz, graduate students, music, each won recognition in the Young Artist Performance category at the Washington State Music Teachers Association competition. Achille and Tatz won first and alternate place, respectively, in the brass division; Bones took alternate place in the piano division.
Brad Ard, Mindy Ard, and David Snider, instructors, music, as the group Fatt Jazz, released a new CD titled Attittude (WSU Recordings).
Greg Yasinitsky, Regents professor and director, music, was nominated by two independent musicians for the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his Jazz Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. Yasinitsky’s recent commissions include Partial Eclipse for the 25th anniversary of the Las Vegas Academy and his arrangement of Creepin’ for an upcoming recording by the Colorado Repertory Jazz Orchestra featuring the music of Stevie Wonder.
Chris Dickey, clinical assistant professor, music, published a solo album Dulcet Voice via WSU Recordings. Karen Savage and Jeffrey Savage, professors, provided piano accompaniment.