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Kotoka Suzuki, assistant professor of music composition, won first prize for her composition “In Praise of Shadows” in the Musica Nova 2016 competition in the compositions for acoustic instrument/...
ASU School of Music Professor Roger Mantie The future of classical music is anyone’s guess, but Arizona State University professor Roger Mantie invites us to consider a world without it. “Imagine...
In 1988, longtime collaborators and partners Marina Abramovic and Ulay began walking toward one another from opposite ends of the Great Wall of China. Ninety days later, the performance artists met...
Arizona State University's School of Music welcomes Dwandalyn Reece, curator of music and performing arts at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture...
Guitarist and composer, Mesut Özgen, who graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in guitar performance, was recognized as one of the Knight Arts Challenge award winners at the Knight...
Several ASU School of Music students are slated to participate in the 2017 National Women’s Music Festival in Wisconsin this summer following the success of the ASU Lyric Opera Theatre’s new works...
When the Arizona State University School of Music first relaunched its gospel choir, with new hire Jason Thompson at the helm, 12 people joined. Now, just two years later, the choir boasts 125...
The Eos Sextet, a saxophone sextet comprised of Arizona State University music undergraduate and graduate music students, has been awarded first prize in the ENKOR International Music Competition....
If you think opera is an acquired taste, think again. ASU’s Lyric Opera Theatre says a new production of “The Magic Flute” is perfect for the novice palate. “Most people hear the word ‘opera,’ and...
The ASU Concert Band and the Harmony Project Phoenix are joining forces to present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre on ASU’s Tempe campus. The concert features...
The average Arizona State University classroom is filled with the frantic clicking of laptop keyboards and the bright glow of projector screens showing slide after slide of important facts. Yet, for...
Deanna Swoboda , assistant professor of music, was awarded a Herberger Institute faculty project grant (and supported by the School of Music) for a project entitled "Creative Placemaking Through...
As part of the New American University, ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts aims to embed arts-based study throughout the communities it serves locally, nationally and internationally,...
Internationally acclaimed jazz drummer Lewis Nash, named the most valuable player in jazz by Modern Drummer Magazine, will join the faculty of the ASU School of Music in January 2017 as the Bob and...
Forty-three exceptional pianists from around the world will converge on Tempe early next month when the ASU School of Music hosts the eighth Bösendorfer and Yamaha USasu International Piano...
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement. See more graduates here . Fábio Bartoloni is following in the footsteps of his father, but it hasn’t always been a...
Kristina Jacobsen , a 2003 Master of Arts in ethnomusicology graduate, has a book coming out March 2017. “"The Sound of Navajo Country: Music, Language and Diné Belonging”" is now available...
Soprano Asleif Willmer, current Doctor of Musical Arts in performance student, emerged as the winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Arizona District Competition on Oct. 22 at...
The International Trumpet Guild has bestowed its ITG Honorary Award, presented each year to “those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the art of trumpet playing,” to David...
On Nov. 4, the ASU Symphony Orchestra presents "A Circle of Forces." The concert is led by director of orchestras Jeffery Meyer conducting Benjamin Britten’s evocative “Four Sea Interludes...
“Noise spectra” is the exploration of the continuum between noise and sound. It’s also the focus and the title of this year’s Prisms Contemporary Music Festival at the ASU School of Music. Often...
Come relish the majestic virtuosity of the organ at the 2016–2017 Organ Series, presented by the ASU School of Music, in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Performances will showcase a...
The AriZoni Theatre Awards , which some consider the Tony Awards of Arizona, recognized ASU Herberger Institute productions, students, faculty and alumni during its 26th annual awards ceremony. The...
For more than 30 years, the ASU Guitar Series has impressed audiences with a selection of unforgettable performances by virtuosos from around the world. This year’s lineup is sure to continue this...
For 53 seasons, the Lyric Opera Theatre program at ASU has showcased the talents of student singers, dancers and actors in operas and musicals. This upcoming season promises to continue the tradition...
Garth Paine was a keynote speaker at the International New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference in Brisbane, Australia, July 11–15. His keynote address was titled New Interfaces for Musical...
Musicologist Kay Norton , associate professor of musicology in the ASU School of Music, was selected to present her research on singing and wellbeing at Rice University's "Exploring the...
The ASU School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher J. Wells as assistant professor of musicology, beginning in fall 2015. Wells comes to ASU from Reed College in Portland,...
In 2005, violinist/composer Daniel Bernard Roumain joined Philip Glass in concert at Arizona State University’s performing arts venue ASU Gammage. “Philip Glass and I will begin a conversation that I...
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here . Beat producer, Brazilian percussionist and music educator Samuel Peña was born in Guadalajara,...
Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here . Bethany Brown was 11 years old when she started making her first films: a short documentary...
The School of Music is pleased to welcome Stephanie Weiss, who has been hired as the new assistant professor of voice, starting in fall 2016. “We are delighted that Stephanie Weiss will join our...
Widely considered to be one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century, Stravinsky's “The Rite of Spring” is a ballet set to orchestral music, telling the story of various...
The ASU School of Music is pleased to welcome Melita Belgrave to the position of professor of music therapy, beginning in August 2016. Belgrave is currently an associate professor of music therapy at...
Brad Edwards will join the ASU School of Music faculty as associate professor of trombone in the fall of 2016. With a style that has been variously described as “passionate,” “fiercely vigorous” and...
Summertime at ASU is noticeably quieter than during the school year, but look closely and you’ll see that learning still takes place all over campus. This is particularly apparent in the ASU School...

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