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WSU professor, students debut at Carnegie Hall

Francis Fay, Gordon Shaw, and Ruth BodenWashington State University students Francis Fay and Gordon Shaw, and faculty member Ruth Boden made their Carnegie Hall debut on Nov. 3 in Manhattan, New York. The three were invited to perform with international cellist Mischa Quint and the InterHarmony Cello Ensemble.

Fay is a junior music major studying cello performance, and Shaw is a sophomore music major studying music composition, cello and guitar. Boden is an associate professor » More …

Re-enactment of historic radio broadcast

Title on posterEighty years ago, on the evening before Halloween, radio audiences across the country were shocked, thrilled, or panicked by a radio drama depicting an invasion by beings from the planet Mars.

That radio drama was “The War of the Worlds,” directed by and starring Orson Welles. First heard on Oct. 30, 1938, “The War of the Worlds” remains the most famous radio broadcast in history.

To celebrate its 80th anniversary, the Re-Imagined Radio project will offer a live reenactment of » More …

WSU flutist performs at Women Composers Festival of Hartford

Sophia TegartSophia Tegart, WSU clinical assistant professor of flute, performed two world premieres on April 7 at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, with bassoonist Helena Spencer, University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

The festival, held at Trinity College in Hartford, attracts composers and performers internationally every year.

The premiered works for flute and bassoon were composed » More …

Opera Workshop students develop singing, acting, stage skills

singers perform musical theater on stageThe WSU Opera Workshop presents opera and musical theatre productions, giving singers and actors several opportunities to perform exciting repertoire while developing singing, acting, and stage-movement skills.

This fall, students filled Bryan Hall Theatre with song, performing two one-act comic operas, each with an abiding moral to the story.

Directed by Julie Anne Wieck, associate professor of music, and accompanied on piano by Michael Seregow, clinical assistant professor of music, the free, public Opera Workshop performances » 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 …

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 >>

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 …

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