Gregory Yasinitsky, Regents professor and director, music, authored Greg Yasinitsky’s Jazz Concerto for Piano and Orchestra to be premiered January 19 by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra with soloist Willis Delony.
Shannon Scott, assistant professor, music, and her ensemble won third place in the 2016 American Prize in Chamber Music Performance for their CD Perennials, and released a new CD, Chimera, both via Albany Records.
Scott Blasco, assistant professor, music, utilizing a CAS External Mentorship Grant, authored the electronic work “Clouds, Light“ forthcoming in ink&coda. Another of Blasco’s compositions, Momentia-Minutia, was added to the repertoire of the Heartland Marimba Festival Academy, including an upcoming performance at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point.
Gregory Yasinitsky, Regents professor and director, music, authored four big band compositions published by eJazzLines: “Serpentine”; “One-Two-Three”; “Singular Vision”; and “Sideways.” He also authored three forthcoming compositions: “The Big Beat” (Belwin Jazz/Alfred Music) and “Sofrito” and “Greg’s Groove” (Kendor Music).
Martin King, assistant professor, music, released the new CD Solitary Freedom through WSU Recordings.
Greg Yasinitsky, Regents professor and director, Brian Ward, clinical assistant professor, Brad Ard, instructor, and David Jarvis, professor, music, as members of the group Gator Tail released a new CD titled Gator Tail, and, along with other members of the WSU Jazz Big Band 2013-14 and 2014-15, directed by Yasinitsky, they released a new CD titled Singular Vision, both through WSU Recordings.
Kiya Fife, graduate student, music, took second place in the Inland Empire Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition in the Advanced College Division.
The WSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, directed by Danh Pham, assistant professor, music, presented an invited performance at the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, which featured members of the WSU Faculty Brass Quintet and Shannon Scott, assistant professor, on clarinet.
Matthew Tatz, Anthony “A.J.” Achille, and Frankie Bones, graduate students, music won top awards in the statewide Music Teachers National Association competition. Tatz took first place and Achille was named alternate in the Brass Performance Division; Tatz will compete in the Northwest Regional MTNA competition in January. Bones was named alternate in the Piano Division.
Lori Wiest, CAS associate dean and professor, music, received the Washington Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association’s Leadership and Service Award at the group’s state conference in Tacoma.