Payung named Assistant Director of Bands
Mead Witter School of Music
by Eric Murtaugh
4d ago
The School of Music is excited to announce Herb Payung as the next Assistant Director of Bands. He will serve alongside the band faculty to teach and help guide the historic University of Wisconsin Bands program in the School of Music. In addition, he will assist with aspects in both the athletic and concert band programs, and the undergraduate curriculum. Payung replaces Alexander Gonzalez, who has been hired as the Director of Bands at Southern Oregon University. “As an alumnus of UW–Madison, I am aware not only of the well-established musical tradition of the Mead Witter School of Music, b ..read more
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Concert Choir invited to perform at ACDA conference
Mead Witter School of Music
by Eric Murtaugh
2w ago
  The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) has announced that Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Mariana Farah, has been invited through its peer-review process to perform at the national conference in Dallas, Texas. One of the highest honors in choral music, Concert Choir will perform on March 19, 2025 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and at the Winspear Opera House. Under the leadership of Dr. Farah since 2021, Concert Choir has already performed at the Wisconsin State Music Conference and has been nominated as a finalist for the 2024 American Prize in Choral ..read more
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Cook, Rowe set to retire
Mead Witter School of Music
by Eric Murtaugh
2M ago
Professor Susan C. Cook and Professor Paul Rowe are retiring this spring. Cook is a professor of musicology, and was formerly the academic associate dean for the Arts and Humanities in the Graduate School and director of the School of Music. She also held the Walt Whitman Chair in American Culture Studies as part of the Fulbright Distinguished Teaching Program in the Netherlands. Cook’s teaching and research focuses on contemporary and American music of all kinds and demonstrates her abiding interest in feminist methodologies and cultural criticism. The author of Opera for a New Republic, she ..read more
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Pinsonneault joins Choral faculty
Mead Witter School of Music
by Eric Murtaugh
2M ago
The School of Music is thrilled to announce Albert Pinsonneault as the incoming Associate Director of Choral Studies starting this fall. Pinsonneault will teach choir, conducting, and the graduate choral literature seminar. “I am so honored to join the faculty at the Mead Witter School of Music and to begin my work making art collaboratively in this community,” Pinsonneault said. “I have a lifelong passion for ensemble singing and I am grateful for the opportunity to share, critically examine, and produce music here.” Pinsonneault is founder and artistic director of the Madison Choral Project ..read more
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Remembering Les Thimmig, 1943-2024
Mead Witter School of Music
by Eric Murtaugh
2M ago
Professor Les Thimmig, who taught at UW–Madison for over 50 years, died April 28, 2024. Leslie L. Thimmig (“Les”) grew up in Joliet, Illinois, where he played his saxophone as a teenager in jazz clubs. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in composition, and was awarded MMA and DMA degrees in composition from Yale University. He taught music theory at Yale before joining the faculty of the University of Victoria, British Columbia, to direct the composition/theory department. In 1971, Thimmig joined the music faculty at UW–Madison to direct the composit ..read more
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Orchestral Library project funded by Library Collections Enhancement Initiative
Mead Witter School of Music
by Eric Murtaugh
3M ago
A project proposal submitted by Oriol Sans, Director of Orchestral Activities and Assistant Professor in Orchestral Conducting, and Cat Richmond, Music Ensemble Librarian, has been funded by the Library Collections Enhancement Initiative. Jeanette Casey, Head of Mills Music Library, also provided support for the proposal.  The Library Collections Enhancement Initiative is a program to strengthen campus research capacities by providing UW–Madison libraries with flexibility to address critical and emerging collections needs. The UW–Orchestral Library, housed in the School of Music, is a cr ..read more
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Reck wins Early Career Advising Award
Mead Witter School of Music
by Eric Murtaugh
3M ago
Todd Reck, Undergraduate Advisor for the School of Music, was chosen as a 2024 College of Letters & Science Early Career Advising Award recipient. Reck formally received the award at the L&S Award Ceremony and Reception on April 17 at the Pyle Center on the UW–Madison campus. Those honored with an L&S Academic Advising Award are “exceptional advisors,” and “have demonstrated exemplary performance both in terms of their positive impact on students and through distinctive contributions to their department, unit, and/or the College of Letters & Science.”  Reck was nominated ..read more
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Schwendinger leads list of Creative Arts Awards recipients
Mead Witter School of Music
by Eric Murtaugh
3M ago
The 2024 Creative Arts Awardees have been announced by the UW–Madison Division of the Arts. Laura Schwendinger, Professor of Composition, leads a distinguished list of faculty, staff, and student recipients who will be honored publicly at a special gala event on May 2, 2024 at the Hamel Music Center. Peter Dominguez, Professor of Double Bass and Jazz Studies, will be awarded with an Emily Mead Baldwin Award in the Creative Arts, and Magdalena Sas, a PhD candidate in cello performance, will be awarded with a Graduate Student Creative Arts Award. Schwendinger will receive the Creative Arts ..read more
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Wohn, Treviño join Music faculty
Mead Witter School of Music
by Eric Murtaugh
3M ago
After competitive national searches, the School of Music is thrilled to announce the hiring of Dawn Dongeun Wohn as Assistant Professor of Violin, and Matthew Treviño as Assistant Professor of Voice. Wohn and Treviño join the faculty this fall. Wohn, who is currently in a teaching faculty role at the School of Music, has performed in concert halls across five continents including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She has appeared as a soloist for live-broadcast performances with orchestras such as the Korean Broadcasting Symphony and the Aspen Conducting Orchestra, The New York Sinfonietta, a ..read more
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University Opera presents The Light in the Piazza
Mead Witter School of Music
by Eric Murtaugh
3M ago
Purchase tickets After recently winning The American Prize for its 2022 production of Sweeney Todd, University Opera closes the 2023-24 season by returning to the crossover between classical voice and contemporary musical theatre, presenting The Light in the Piazza by Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas. Four performances will be presented at Music Hall on the UW–Madison campus: March 15 at 7:30 pm; March 16 at 7:30 pm; March 17 at 2 pm; and March 19 at 7:30 pm. Vocal coach Thomas J. Kasdorf will stage direct, and Professor Oriol Sans, Director of Orchestral Activities, will be the music director fo ..read more
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