Gregory Yasinitsky, Regents professor, music, participated in the premiere of his commissioned composition “Sioux Center Shuffle” in Sioux Center, Iowa. He wrote the work especially for the Sioux Center High School Jazz Band. While there, Yasinitsky presented clinics and performed in concert as a guest artist with the Sioux Center ensemble.
Yasinitsky also performed recently as a guest artist at the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The program included Yasinitsky’s compositions “Flatten That Curve” and “Best of Friends.”
Yasinitsky recently also served as guest artist and commissioned composer at the Peaks Jazz Festival in Highland, Utah. The program included Yasinitsky’s new composition “Original Ray.”
In addition, Yasinitsky signed an agreement with iJazz Publications to internationally release several of his compositions, including: “Best of Friends,” “Lone Stars,” “Conspiracy Theory,” and “Flatten That Curve.”
Greg Yasinitsky, Regents professor, music, was a featured saxophonist with Cassio Vianna’s Jazz Orchestra at the international conference of the Jazz Education Network in Dallas, Texas. Yasinitsky also recently received an ASCAP Plus Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He has received ASCAP Plus awards every year since 1986.
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.
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.
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.