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WSU music director, Greg Yasinitsky, nominated for Pulitzer Prize

Greg YasinitskyGreg Yasinitsky, Regents professor and director of the WSU School of Music, has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Music for his composition Jazz Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.

“There is almost no way to describe it,” Yasinitsky said of his nomination by two independent musicians. “For me, it’s the biggest, most important musical award in the country.” » More …

Hollywood composer, musician, WSU alum, shares insights

Album cover, view of the PalouseHollywood studio musician, arranger, major film music composer and rising star. It’s not your average resume for someone who grew up on a Palouse wheat farm and graduated from nearby Wazzu.

Paul Henning, a WSU School of Music alum (’98) and Pullman native, returned to campus to talk about his experience in the music program, encourage other music students, share his insights and story and, oh yes, perform with the WSU Symphony Orchestra, including several of his own compositions.

And, despite his great success, his roots are still deep in the Palouse. » More …

Arts and music academic programs continue to thrive at WSU

College of Arts and SciencesThe recent announcement that WSU will no longer subsidize a performing arts program that brings traveling concerts and other performances to the Pullman community has led to confusion regarding the impact of the decision on the School of Music and other arts programs across the University.

The discontinuation of WSU Performing Arts in 2018 will not impact WSU’s outstanding academic programs in School of Music or the Department of Fine Arts, or the more than 100 performances or exhibits offered by those programs each year. The WSU Performing Arts program is an auxiliary University unit created in 2011 to bring ensembles and artists to campus. It is separate from the core academic units in the arts at WSU. » More …

Marching band prepares for five home games in a row

Home game day preparation for the WSU Marching Band means five straight weeks of learning halftime shows.

The process of memorizing music, learning the drill and cleaning up the formations is prepped two weeks before the football games, drum major Nichole Chambers said.

“Countless hours go into this 12-minute performance,” she said.

Read more at The Daily Evergreen >>

Top Ten Senior Awards

Five of this year’s Top Ten Seniors are receiving a degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. A sixth is receiving two CAS minors.

For more than 80 years, Washington State University has recognized 10 of the top seniors in each graduating class. These five women and five men represent the Pullman campus’ highest standards in specific aspects of the college experience, including academics, athletics, campus involvement, community service, and visual and performing arts.

Read about all ten students on the WSU.edu homepage >>

Ensemble premieres ‘Drive’ in honor of WSU president

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble premiered “Drive” at a campus concert April 13, music written to honor the appointment of Kirk Schulz as WSU’s 11th president.

Greg Yasinitsky, Regents professor and director of the WSU School of Music, composed “Drive” to capture the optimism of the university community about the beginning of Schulz’s presidency. » More …

Music Professor Plays to Crowds, Clouds

Hiking up mountain trails with a full-size cello on her back and playing music to the sky has given Ruth Boden, associate professor of music at Washington State University, some unique perspectives on the nature of music and life.

As part of her ongoing research project “Music Outside Four Walls,” Boden, who teaches cello, bass, chamber music and music theory at WSU, has carried her 12-pound instrument to Northwestern mountaintops, along the Appalachian Trail and deep inside other wild spaces. » More …