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2018

May

In August 2012, 81-year-old Cecilia Giménez put broad brushstrokes to a decades-old fresco and became an overnight sensation — for all the wrong reasons.

The Arizona State University School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts welcomes Dave Fossum as assistant professor in the musicology program, beginning in January 2019.

The School of Music in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is internationally recognized for having one of the few programs that provides undergraduate and graduate students training

April

"What would you think if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and walk out on me?

"Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song. And I'll try not to sing out of key."

Mark Alpizar, Arizona State University School of Music student in the Doctor of Musical Arts program in orchestral conducting, was recently awarded the assistant conductor position with the elite N

Carolyn Rose Rynex, Arizona State University School of Music alumna, was awarded the prestigious 2017 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize from the American Choral Directors Association for her doctor

Eugenia Hernández Ruiz joins the School of Music in Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts as assistant professor in the music therapy program, beginning in August 2

In pursuit of the diverse and innovative musical journey Projecting All Voices, an initiative of Ariz

David Earll, Arizona State University School of Music alumnus, has been appointed assistant professor of tuba and euphonium at the Ithaca College School of Music in New York, beginning fall 2018.

The Arizona State University-led NASA Psyche Mission is a journey to explore a unique metal world, and it is inspiring scores of artists along the way. 

Burning Brass turns it up to 11. 

Schools. Hospitals. Laboratories. Designers and artists do as much work outside their practice rooms and studios as they do inside those traditional spaces. 

The School of Music in Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts welcomes Jiyeon “Jiji” Kim as assistant professor of guitar in the strings program, beginning in August

Versatile baritone Nathan De'Shon Myers, who will join the School of Music in Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in August, said he is excited to begin his new r

From the Phoenix Symphony to Arizona Opera, local arts organizations offer musical theater students at Arizona State University not only a glimpse into their potential future careers but a chance t

March

Shu Liu, an alumna of Arizona State University’s School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, was awarded first prize at the 2018 Hong Kong International Violin Competition.

When Jason Thompson was growing up in North Carolina, he was immersed in all types of music in his church and at school.

Four years after NASA was established, administrator James Webb was so inspired by a portrait of an astronaut, he ordered the creation of an agency art program.

The Arizona State University School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is launching a new weekly open stage concert series, “Tunes at Noon,” for the ASU School of Music com

February

Faculty, staff and alumni in Arizona State University’s School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts engaged students and community members of all ages at the Musical Instrume

Jason Thompson, assistant professor in the School of Music, has been selected to speak at TEDxASU: Boundless in March.

Katelyn Vincent, Arizona State University School of Music Master of Music in composition student, was awarded an "Honorable Mention" from the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers

January

Melanie Brooks, a doctoral student in wind conducting in ASU’s School of Music, has a passion for projects that focus on community building through music performance.

Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Angela Brower, who is an alum of the School of Music in Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, returns to ASU this week to p

Kimberly Marshall, the Patricia and Leonard Goldman Endowed Professor in Organ in the Arizona State University School of Music, is known worldwide for her compel

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Alonzo Jones has one of the best jobs at Arizona State University: associate athletic director for inclusion and championship life.

Who doesn’t want to lead a championship life?

Taylor Hutchinson, a Doctor of Musical Arts student in music performance in Arizona State University's School of Music, spent summer 2017 as a collaborative pianist intern at the Franc

2017

December

The harp, one of the oldest known instruments in the history of music, has existed in one form or another in every land since 3000 B.C.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Brianne Borden, DMA graduate student in music performance, has experienced firsthand the rigors of pursuing a career as a professional musician — from debilitating performance anxiety to repetitive

Known as the epitome of bringing history into the 21st century, the Tony-winning Broadway musical "H

November

Lauren Scott, a graduate of Arizona State University's School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, is teaching students at the same place where she learned as a child.

A recent work composed by Arizona State University School of Music Professor of Practice Daniel Bernard Roumain is changing the possibilities of what opera is and can be.

Catalin Rotaru, an Arizona State University School of Music associate professor, was afforded the rare opportunity to bring the music and spirit of legendary Italian composer and virtuoso Giovanni

Jill Sullivan, associate professor in the ASU School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, has conducted extensive research on women in military bands.

The sounds of the jittery feet from musical theater students roared from Arizona State University's Music Building last week as students anxiously warmed up to take a tap Master Class from "S

October

“Every man needs a place to go where he can go crazy in peace,” said author and desert rat Edward Abbey.

Ysaÿe M. Barnwell’s pedagogy is more far-reaching than just singing music. She teaches the humanity of music-making.

Micah Wilkinson, former Arizona State University School of Music student, won the position of principal trumpet of the internationally acclaimed Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for 2017. Wilkinson wa

Ever since Dean Steven J. Tepper arrived at ASU, he has been working on a way to bring the diverse students, faculty, staff and alumni of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts together.

The AriZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence, Arizona's awards for outstanding theater, recognized Arizona State University's excellence in theatrical productions and individual performances during its

Arizona State University’s School of Music is hosting the Society of Composers, Inc. Region VII Conference Oct. 13–14.

Arizona State University School of Music students and faculty are uniting with local community members for a benefit concert to aid the relief efforts in Houston, Texas.

The exploration of temporality in Eastern and Western music is the focus of “Out of Time,” this year’s Prisms Contemporary Music Festival at the Arizona State University School of Music, Nov.

September

On a recent Saturday morning in September, a small group of people files into a room at Arizona State University’s Counseling Training Center on the Tempe campus.

Three alumni from the School of Music in the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts were featured presenters at the quadrennial conference of the International Congress of Voice Teachers (

Adriana Martínez, faculty associate in Arizona State University's School of Music, in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, recently participated in a seminar for college and university

August

Arizona State University’s School of Music welcomes musician, composer, singer, choral clinician, educator and author Ysaÿe M. Barnwell for a weeklong residency Sept. 5–8.

Roger Mantie, associate professor of music education in the School of Music, co-edited

Her sophomore year, Anissa Griego served as the assistant director and choreographer for the Lyric Opera Theatre student production of “Grease.” It was one of the greatest challenges of her life, o

June

Kay Norton, associate professor in the School of Music, presented the paper “Using Aesthetics to Help Students Recognize the Long Reach of Romanticism in Music” at the

For more than 35 years, the ASU Guitar Series has impressed audiences with a selection of unforgettable performances by virtuosos from around the world.

ASU counseling master's student Kristian Mastin’s learned instrument is the banjo.

With a repertoire that spans more than 500 years, the pipe organ has an unmatched power and versatility in the musical world.

May

Peter Schmelz, an associate professor in ASU's School of Music, has been named a recipient of the prestigious Berlin Prize, a semester-long fellowship in Berlin awarded annually to top-tier scholar

Garth Paine and Sabine Feisst's Ecolisten Artist Program was selected for the 2018

“The Oxford Handbook of Music Making and Leisure,” edited by Roger Mantie, an associate professor in the School of Music, was published by Oxford University Press in January.

Brandon Houghtalen, who earned a DMA with a concentration in conducting from the School of Music in 2012, has been selected to present a session at the

Sabine Feisst, professor of musicology, delivered a keynote talk at the annual meeting of the Finnish Musicological and Ethnomusicological Societies hosted by the University of Jyv

Ryan Garrison, who received a DMA in choral conducting, was

Internationally recognized as one of the few undergraduate and graduate programs providing training in both opera and musical theater, ASU’s Lyric Opera Theatre (LOT) ventures into its 54th season

Jeffery Meyer, associate professor in the School of Music, will be teaching at the St.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

Six School of Music students in Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts are finding success by coming together as the Eos Sextet.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

April

An Arizona State University semesterlong fusion experiment that paired artists from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts with scientists from the Biodesign Institute culminated in

What makes something go "viral"?

Cameron Robello, a senior majoring in music composition and theory in the Herberger School of music, has won the 2017 Robert X.

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 acou

In 1988, longtime collaborators and partners Marina Abramovic and Ulay began walking toward one another from opposite ends of the Great Wall of China.

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, f

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 t

March

Several ASU School of Music students are slated to participate in the 2017 National Women’s Music Festival in Wisconsin t

When the Arizona State University School of Music first relaunched its gospel choir, with new hire Jason Thompson at the helm, 12 people joined.

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.

February

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.

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 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.

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 Placem

January

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 in

2016

December

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 C

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement. See more graduates 

Kristina Jacobsen, a 2003 Master of Arts in ethnomu

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.

November

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 Dav

“Noise spectra” is the exploration of the continuum between noise and sound.

October

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.

The AriZoni Theatre Awards, which some consider the Tony Awards of Arizona, recognized ASU Herberger Institute productions, students, faculty and alumni

August

For more than 30 years, the ASU Guitar Series has impressed audiences with a selection of unforgettable performances by virtuosos from around the world.

July

For 53 seasons, the Lyric Opera Theatre program at ASU has showcased the talents of student singers, dancers and actors in operas and musicals.

Garth Paine was a keynote speaker at the International New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference in Brisbane, Australia, July 11–15.

June

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 ASU School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher J. Wells as assistant professor of musicology, beginning in fall 2015.

May

In 2005, violinist/composer Daniel Bernard Roumain joined Philip Glass in concert at Arizona State University’s performing arts venue ASU Gammage.

Editor’s note:  This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

April

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.

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 primitive

The ASU School of Music is pleased to welcome Melita Belgrave to the position of professor of music therapy, beginning in August 2016.

Brad Edwards will join the ASU School of Music faculty as associate professor of trombone in the fall of 2016.

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.

March

Get ready for a hard swinging weekend of jazz celebrating the rich legacy of big band music.

From 1942–1944, Anne Frank, her family and four others hid in a secret annex in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.

February

Close your eyes and imagine you are at a symphony concert. What kind of music is being played?

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.

January

Saxophone music fans listen up: On Feb.

Performing at a high level in an ensemble takes years of practice.

2015

December

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.

October

Longing for the perfect evening of awe-inspiring music, led by internationally recognized conductors and performed by your ASU Symphony Orchestra?

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 b

September

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.

A pianist, opera coach, conductor and master teacher, Kathleen Kelly is a prolific musician with wide-ranging abilities.

August

What makes perfect? Practice, practice, practice.

With a repertoire that spans over 500 years, the pipe organ has an unmatched power and versatility in the musical world.

July

Fans of the annual guitar series at the ASU School of Music, take note: The upcoming lineup of performances has been announced for the 2015–2016 season.

ASU School of Music’s Lyric Opera Theatre (LOT) returns to the stage for an exciting 2015–16 season. The season line-up features two musicals, two operas and one student workshop production.

The School of Music has appointed Peter Schmelz to the musicology faculty as associate professor, beginning in August 2015.

June

The ASU School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Thompson as assistant professor of music education.

Praised as “passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding” by the London Independent and having a “luxuriously warm sound and yearning lyricism” by The New York Times, the Brentano Quartet returns

May

May 11 was commencement at ASU, marking the bittersweet end of years of study for graduates, as well as the start of exciting plans for the future.

The ASU School of Music welcomes Jason Caslor, who will join the ASU faculty in fall 2015 as assistant professor of instrumental conducting.

The ASU School of Music is proud to announce the hire of Laura Emmery as the assistant professor of music theory, effective fall 2015.

The ASU School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in conjunction with AZ Piano, the largest freestanding piano gallery store in the Southwest, is holding its popular

Marg Schmidt, associate professor of music education in the School of Music at Arizona State University, was recently honored with two prestigious awards: the 2015 national String Researcher

March

Creativity has a simple definition: having the ability to make new things or think of new ideas. But actually judging what is “creative” is not so simple.

2014

November

Patrick Harris is a self-described army brat who grew up in Virginia and went to school in Texas.

September

The 2014 ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence ceremony, held Sept. 15 at Tempe Center for the Arts, was generous to ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

In an age of instant gratification, one which market researchers have dubbed the era of “I Want What I Want When I Want It,” dean of Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and th

August

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts students, faculty, alumni and productions received more than 100 nominations for the annual ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence for 2013-2014.

Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts presents a spectacular 2014-2015 season of dance, theater, guitar and opera per

July

The ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has appointed Heather Landes as the director of its world-renowned School of Music.

April

The ASU School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is celebrating the fifth year of its Contemporary Music Festival, which presents renowned cutting-edge, seldom performed w

The ASU School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, in conjunction with AZ Piano, is holding its popular annual sale of pianos currently on loan to ASU from AZ Piano, starti

March

There’s an old joke that goes, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”

The answer?

“Practice!”

February

Annual Concert of Soloists features full orchestra

2013

October

World-renowned composer Eric Whitacre will speak at ASU in an informal question and answer session, 7:30 p.m., Oct.

September

The ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is offering a dynamic 2013-2014 season of dance, theatre, guitar and opera performances, including

May

The Music Therapy Community Music and Wellness program in the ASU School of Music is partnering with the Tempe chapter of Guitars for Vets, Inc., a nonprofit organization with 30 chapters nationall

April

Simply Three, a string trio developed by ASU School of Music alumni and current students Zack Clark, cello, Nicholas Villalobos, double bass and Olivia Lemmelin, violin, just recorded a unique stri

Students in the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts are debuting the institute’s first student-written and produced musical.

2009

December

<p>Draw out your inner artist and begin 2010 by enrolling in non-credit classes that stir your creative tendencies.