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WSU composer dedicates song to outgoing principal
June 15, 2007

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 …

Jazz concert to celebrate Black History Month
February 7, 2006

A concert featuring the award-winning Washington State University Jazz Big Band and VOJAZZ vocal jazz ensemble will celebrate Black History Month at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 in Kimbrough Concert Hall.The concert will open with VOJAZZ performing under the direction of Noel Barbuto. Barbuto has sung as a featured artist with Opera Plus, the Coeur d’ Alene Symphony, Harlequin Theatre, Johnny Lewis Big Band, the Village Theatre, Carousel Players and the award-winning vocal group, the Akafellas.The Jazz Big Band, under the direction of Meyer Distinguished Professor of Music Greg Yasinitsky, will present a program including pieces by outstanding African-American composers in celebration of Black History … » More …

Festival of Contemporary Art Music features modern classics
February 3, 2006

What do you call music that is multilayered and complex — that doesn’t reveal its essence immediately, but might hold one’s interest for a lifetime — music that transcends time and language to make manifest the daily and epic struggle to find meaning?Charles Argersinger calls it contemporary art music, and it will once again be front and center for all to enjoy at WSU’s 17th Festival of Contemporary Art Music, Feb. 9-11 in Kimbrough hall.The featured composer for the week is Ellsworth Milburn, a founder and emeritus professor of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Milburn, whose early career included work as a … » More …

WSU Jazz Festival to feature Wayne Wallace
October 26, 2005

The 2005 Washington State University Jazz Festival will present guest jazz and salsa trombonist Wayne Wallace and a number of other musical groups Nov. 9 in Bryan Hall Theatre.The festival will include a concert by the WSU faculty group Jazz Northwest from noon to 12:30 p.m. A gala concert from 12:30-1:30 p.m. will feature a performance by Wallace with award-winning WSU Jazz Big Band, directed by Greg Yasinitsky. Admission is free.WSU jazz faculty members Horace-Alexander Young, saxophone; Charles Argersinger, piano; David Snider, bass; and David Jarvis, percussion, will also be featured.During Wayne’s dynamic and varied career he has performed with a number of artists, including … » More …

Jazz Big Band, VOJAZZ to perform
September 26, 2005

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, a concert featuring the award-winning Washington State University Jazz Big Band and VOJAZZ vocal jazz ensemble will be presented at 8:00 pm in Kimbrough Concert Hall on the WSU Campus. The concert will be free of charge.The concert will open with VOJAZZ performing under the direction of new WSU faculty member Noel Barbuto. Barbuto has sung as a featured artist with Opera Plus, the Coeur d’ Alene Symphony, Harlequin Theatre, Johnny Lewis Big Band, the Village Theatre, Carousel Players and the award-winning vocal group, the Akafellas.VOJAZZ will perform Africa, made famous by Toto; Count ‘Em composed by Quincy Jones and Night … » More …

Yasinitsky, Barash to perform in recital at WSU
September 16, 2003

Washington State University flute instructor Ann Marie Yasinitsky and oboe professor Amarai Barash will be featured during a faculty recital Sept. 23 on the WSU campus. The 8 p.m. program is set for Bryan Hall Auditorium and is open to the public without charge.Yasinitsky, assisted by pianist Gerald Berthiaume, pianist Sheila Zilar and cellist Eugene Zenzen, will perform works by French composers Jolivet and Gaubert. Barash, assisted by pianist Susan Chan, will perform works by Robert Schumann and Peter Maxwell Davies. Yasinitsky and Barash will also perform a duo for flute and oboe by Thea Musgrave. Yasinitsky joined the WSU music faculty in 1991. She … » More …

Yasinitsky compositions to premiere in Clarkston
May 19, 2003

New compositions by Washington State University Music Professor Gregory Yasinitsky will be premiered at the Clarkston High School Performing Arts Center in Clarkston, Washington. The new pieces will be performed by ensembles from Clarkston High School under the direction of award-winning music educator Fred Dole. Yasinitsky’s compositions were created as part ofa residency funded by The Commission Project of New York, a national organization which places composers in the public schools.On Tuesday, May 27th, at 7:30pm, the Clarkston High School vocal ensembles will be heard in concert. The Jazz Choir will premiere Yasinitsky’s D’lish.On Thursday, May 29th, at 7:30pm, the Clarkston High School bands will … » More …

Yasinitsky named state Composer of the Year
November 22, 2002

Greg Yasinitsky, a Washington State University music professor, was named Washington State Composer of the Year by the Washington State Music Teachers Association.The award includes a commission for a new work to be premiered at the association’s conference in June 2003. Yasinitsky was also selected by the association as Washington’s candidate for consideration for the Music Teachers National Association’s Shepard Distinguished Composer of the Year.Yasinitsky recently completed “First Flight,” a two-movement work commissioned by the U. S. Air Force Band of the Golden West in commemoration of the Wright Brothers. In October, the band performed First Flight on tour throughout Northern California and, in early … » More …

Flutist Yasinitsky in recital
October 18, 2002

The Washington State University School of Music and Theatre Arts will present a faculty recital featuring flute instructor Ann Marie Yasinitsky, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Bryan Hall Theatre. Yasinitsky will be assisted by violinist Meredith Arksey, violist Erich Lear, cellist Eugene Zenzen and pianist Sheila Zilar.The program will include Mozart#s Quartet in C Major, Gieseking#s Sonatine and Nielson#s Concerto.Yasinitsky joined the WSU Music faculty in 1991. She teaches flute, directs the WSU Flute Choir and teaches classes in music history and theory. She is featured on the recent CD Solstice Live and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a “Special Commendation” in … » More …