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Distinguished Faculty Address: The power of live music post‑COVID

Keri McCarthy holding an oboe.
Keri McCarthy

Discover music from the past and present with Professor Keri McCarthy, Core Fulbright Scholar and internationally recognized chamber musician, soloist, teacher, and clinician. 

The COVID‑19 pandemic made live musical performances less accessible to many people. Professor McCarthy will discuss how live music creates a sense of shared experience, uniting diverse and even divergent populations, during the Showcase Distinguished Faculty Address at 4 p.m. Monday, March 21 in the Kimbrough Concert Hall. The event will be livestreamed via

As people emerge from their COVID silos, live music can play a powerful role in strengthening communities worldwide. With the help of all-star faculty ensembles, Professor McCarthy will take you on a toe-tapping exploration of the role of music in local and global communities. She and her colleagues will present music that spans two centuries, four continents, and a multitude of genres. Her address will not only discuss, but demonstrate, the immeasurable value of musical performance. 

The following faculty members will perform at the event:

  • Julie Wieck, soprano, and Elena Panchenko, piano
  • Aaron Agulay, tenor, and Yuna Roh, piano 
  • The Palouse Trio: Christiano Rodrigues, violin, Ruth Boden, cello, and Fabio Menchetti, piano
  • Faculty Brass Quintet: David Turnbull and Ashley Swanson, trumpet, Martin King, horn, A.J. Miller, trombone, and Chris Dickey, tuba
  • Jacqueline Wilson, bassoon
  • Greg Yasinitsky, saxophone; Cesar Haas, guitar; Dave Bjur, bass; Darryl Singleton, drums
  • Keri McCarthy, oboe

The address will feature compositions by faculty members Scott Blasco and Greg Yasinitsky, as well as Yii Kah Hoe, a 2022–23 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence from Malaysia. 

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