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Nov. 6-9: Hollywood composer, studio musician, WSU alum, shares insights

Paul Henning, composer, musician

PULLMAN, Wash. – Hollywood studio musician, arranger, major film music composer and rising star. It’s not your average resume for someone who grew up on a Palouse wheat farm and graduated from nearby WAZZU. » More …

Retiring professor will star as featured composer

Charles Argersinger indulges his love and

talent for jazz last year, playing with WSU

colleagues at Rico’s club in downtown

Pullman. (Photo by Robert HUbner, WSU

Photo Services)

As the founder of the WSU Festival of Contemporary Art Music, Charles Argersinger has worked for the past 20 years to bring the best composers in the country to Pullman.


From John Corigliano to Morten Lauridsen to the inaugural composer, Michael Schelle, Argersinger has brought guest composers to the Palouse whose works are of our time, but also timeless in the way … » More …

Piano recital at Festival of Contemporary Art Music

PULLMAN — Students of WSU’s Piano Pedagogy Lab School (PPLS) will perform a recital of works by guest composer and clinician Dennis Alexander at the Festival of Contemporary Art Music (FoCAM) at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 in Kimbrough Concert Hall.

Alexander is one of North America’s most prolific and popular composers of educational piano music for students of all ages. A native Kansan and University of Kansas graduate, he joined the faculty at the University of Montana in 1972, where he served as piano department chair and taught piano pedagogy for 24 years.

In 1987, Alexander made his New York debut at … » More …

WSU composer dedicates song to outgoing principal

Washington State University music professor Greg Yasinitsky isn’t interested in composing pieces that sit on a shelf. But if his framed scores hang on the wall once in a while, that’s okay.Yasinitsky, the composer-in-residence at Lincoln Middle School, dedicated “Room 806” to out-going principal Bill Motsenbocker. At the final concert of the year in late May, Motsenbocker received a copy of the score signed by the entire Lincoln Middle School jazz band.“I was more honored by that than I think by anything I’ve ever received,” Motsenbocker said later. “I’m a life-long lover of music. I can’t imagine life with out it.” So, he said, to … » More …

Pulitzer Prize winner chosen for WSU Music Festival

PULLMAN– The School of Music and Theatre Arts at Washington State University announced that Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Corigliano will be the featured composer of the 2007 Festival of Contemporary Art Music. Corigliano’s compositions will be performed in a public concert by WSU faculty and students Saturday, Feb.10, at 8:00 p.m. in Bryan Hall Theatre.Widely acknowledged as one of America’s finest and most recognized composers, John Corigliano has received several Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize for his Second Symphony, a Grawemeyer, and an Academy Award for his score to Francois Giraud’s 1997 film “The Red Violin.”“John Corigliano is a global icon,” said Charles Argersinger, … » More …

Art museum echoes with sound of sculpture

“Soundworks” by Seattle sculptor and composer Trimpin will be on display Feb. 17-April 9 at the WSU Museum of Art in Pullman. The artist, who legally shortened his name to Trimpin, will give a walk-through tour of the exhibit at noon on Friday, Feb. 17. An artist’s lecture and public reception will follow at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center auditorium.The artist researches and conducts experiments in musical, acoustical and sound sculpture design. Because of his innovative work in music composition, computer technology and design, he received a MacArthur “Genius” grant in 1997.Trimpin’s “Sheng High,” a recently completed installation, will turn the entire … » More …