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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...
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...
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...
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...
Get ready for a hard swinging weekend of jazz celebrating the rich legacy of big band music. Hear student jazz ensembles from across the state and featured performances by L.A.’s finest studio brass...
From 1942–1944, Anne Frank, her family and four others hid in a secret annex in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Anne kept a diary during this time, chronicling her thoughts and her hopes for the future. In...
Close your eyes and imagine you are at a symphony concert. What kind of music is being played? For most people, the first thing that comes to mind are performances of the great classics, written by...
Have you been to a concert and wished that you knew more about the inspiration and historical influence behind the music on the program? On Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, this year’s visiting string quartet,...
Saxophone music fans listen up: On Feb. 2, 2016, an unforgettable concert will take place in the ASU School of Music, featuring the world premiere of the “Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Band” by...
Performing at a high level in an ensemble takes years of practice. It is an even greater challenge, however, to play as a soloist in front of a large audience while being accompanied by a 100-piece...
As the semester comes to a close, it is time to highlight a handful of remarkable students who will graduate at fall commencement with degrees from the ASU School of Music. These six noteworthy...
Longing for the perfect evening of awe-inspiring music, led by internationally recognized conductors and performed by your ASU Symphony Orchestra? Our free concerts offer everything from contemporary...
The School of Music strives to perform new works on a regular basis as part of its Lyric Opera Theatre season lineup, but it doesn’t often have the chance to present a brand-new show also written by...
As of August 2015, prospective students now have the opportunity to enroll in a program for a PhD in music with a concentration in musicology. This new program will be offered in addition to the...

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