Greg Yasinitsky, Regents Professor, music, conducted the premiere of his commissioned composition JEN-TEN at the 2019 Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans.
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.
Buddy Levy, clinical professor, English, appears in two episodes (3 & 4) of producer Leonardo DiCaprio’s television series The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen, which premieres on HISTORY (A&E Network) March 7 and features research from Levy’s book American Legend: The Real-Life Adventures of David Crockett.
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.
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.
Matthew Tatz, graduate student, music, won first place in the young artist brass division at the Northwest Regional Music Teachers National Association Competition, and advances to the national competition in Baltimore in March.
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.