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Solstice Wind Quintet in concert for the Faculty Artist Series
April 7, 2009

Clockwise from top left: Hare, McCarthy, Scriggins

Brummett, Scott, Yasinitsky

PULLMAN — The Solstice Wind Quintet will present a concert as part of the Faculty Artist Series at WSU at 8 p.m. Friday, April 10, in Bryan Hall Theatre.

The Solstice Quintet is a distinguished faculty ensemble which has been in residence at WSU since 1978. The chamber group has presented hundreds of concerts throughout the Pacific Northwest including performances on numerous prestigious chamber music series.

The Solstice Quintet members are, Ann Marie Yasinitsky, flute; Shannon Scott, clarinet; Keri McCarthy, oboe; Jennifer Scriggins Brummett, … » More …

WSU receives top awards at Lionel Hampton Festival
February 27, 2009

PULLMAN — Students from the WSU Jazz Studies Program received top awards at “College Day” at the 2009 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival held Thursday, Feb. 26, at the University of Idaho.

 

Receiving “Adjudicators’ Choice” awards—presented to the best ensembles in their divisions—were the WSU Jazz Big Band directed by Greg Yasinitsky, Regents Professor, and WSU VOJAZZ (vocal ensemble) directed by Kathleen Hollingsworth, in her first year as a School of Music faculty member. Also receiving an Adjudicators’ Choice award was WSU bassist Matt Grimes who was invited with other top soloists of the day to perform … » More …

Retiring professor will star as featured composer
February 5, 2009

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 …

Works of five composers featured at Festival
January 27, 2009

PULLMAN – The music of five current or emeritus music professors at WSU will be performed during the 20th Festival of Contemporary Art Music Feb. 5-7 at WSU’s Pullman campus.

 

The featured composer this year is Charles Argersinger, the founding director of the festival and a long-time member of the WSU School of Music faculty. His music will be performed during the Guest Composer Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Bryan Hall Theatre.

 

Works by Ryan Hare, H. James Schoepflin, Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn and Gregory Yasinitsky will be performed at the festival’s Faculty Composers Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in … » More …

Music composed by faculty performed at Festival of Contemporary Art Music
January 26, 2009

Yazinitsky

PULLMAN — Original music by WSU School of Music faculty Ryan Hare, H. James Schoepflin, Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn and Gregory Yasinitsky will be performed at the Festival of Contemporary Art Music (FoCAM) at 8 p.m. Feb. 5 in Bryan Hall Theatre in a concert that is free and open to all.

FoCAM is an annual event celebrating contemporary classical music and showcasing new original compositions by students, faculty and guest artists. The 2009 festival will be held Feb. 5-7 on the WSU Pullman campus.

The Faculty Composers’ Concert will feature Hare’s “Chamber Concerto” for a 10-pice … » More …

Jazz guitarist John Stowell in concert at WSU
January 21, 2009

PULLMAN — Jazz guitarist John Stowell will present a guest concert in Kimbrough Concert Hall at the WSU campus at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan, 27. The concert will be free of charge and is sponsored by the WSU School of Music and the Jazz Society at WSU.

Downbeat magazine International Critic’s Poll winner and Origin Records recording artist John Stowell has recorded, toured and performed with many of the world’s greatest jazz musicians including Paul Horn, Tom Harrell, Milt Jackson, Art Farmer and David Firesen. 

Stowell is featured with Friesen on the CD “Through the Listening Glass” which was chosen as one of the … » More …

Four faculty promoted to regents
March 19, 2008

Four WSU faculty members have been promoted to the standing of Regents professor. This promotion honors the highest level of international distinction in the discipline that raises university standards through teaching, scholarship and public service. Here are the recipients:

Michael D. Griswold, dean of the College of Sciences and professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, joined the WSU faculty in 1976.
He is recognized as one of the leading authorities in the study of male reproductive biology. He received a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health and has … » More …

Four faculty named Regents professors
March 4, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash.– Four WSU faculty members have been promoted to the standing of Regents professor. This promotion honors the highest level of international distinction in the discipline that raises university standards through teaching, scholarship and public service.

Michael D. Griswold, Norman G. Lewis, B.W. Poovaiah and Gregory W. Yasinitsky will be honored March 28 during the Celebrating Excellence recognition banquet, part of WSU’s “World Class. Face to Face. Showcase” festivities to honor the achievements of faculty and staff across the university.

Griswold, dean of the College of Sciences and professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, is recognized as one of the leading authorities … » More …

WSU receives multiple honors at festival
February 25, 2008

PULLMAN – Groups and individuals from WSU received top honors on “College Day” at the 2008 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival held at the University of Idaho Feb. 21.

WSU VOJAZZ under the direction of Jennifer Parker received an Adjudicators’ Choice Award as did soloists Matt Lanka, baritone saxophone; David Miner, instrumental composition; Troy Robey, bass; and Tiffany Stephens, drums. The WSU Jazz Big Band under the direction of Greg Yasinitsky received an Adjudicators’ Special Commendation Award as did soloists Kayla Williams, alto voice; and Himes Alexander, bass voice. This total of eight awards is more than double the number of awards received by any … » More …

WSU alum featured in Jazziz magazine
January 23, 2008

PULLMAN – Saxophonist and WSU alumnus Adam Donohue is featured in Jazziz magazine, one of the top jazz publications in
the world.

A recording of Donohue’s composition “Ofuscato” as performed by the award winning WSU Jazz Big Band is included on a CD distributed internationally in the recent “Education” issue of Jazziz.

The CD also features recordings by musicians from the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Western Michigan University and other top Jazz Studies programs across the country.

Additionally, the magazine lists WSU in its 2007 Jazz Education Guide as “one of the best educational … » More …