By Jim Murez
One key on North Eugene High School’s best piano was completely broken. The others were so worn out they required much effort to simply coax notes from them. The instrument looked just as tired from the outside.
The University of Oregon has selected Sabrina Madison-Cannon as the next dean of the School of Music and Dance.
Currently associate dean of academic and faculty affairs in the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, she will bring an extensive background in dance and advanced choreographic design to the role.
By Steve Fyffe
Associate professor of dance Brad Garner and his collaborators in Harmonic Laboratory have already established a reputation for staging spectacular shows that combine dance, music, digital media and science in creative and unexpected ways.
The collective of University of Oregon faculty and alumni incorporated seismic recordings from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano into the soundtrack for a performance called “Tremor.”
They turned an Xbox Kinect gaming sensor and a heart rate monitor into musical instruments for another entitled “Four Corners.”
What do you get when you mix holiday cheer with school spirit? How about this medley of "Sleigh Ride" and "Mighty Oregon" from the UO Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble?
The Eugene Weekly published a cover story on the local jazz scene, featuring interviews with associate professor of saxophone and jazz studies Idit Shner, senior instructor of jazz history Carl Woideck and jazz program alum Torrey Newhart. Read the entire article here.
When is a classroom not a classroom? When it’s a world-class sound studio. At the UO’s School of Music and Dance, undergrads learn music production by actually producing music.
Click here to read the entire story in Around the O.
By Katrina Sarson | OPB Oregon Art Beat
“When people think gospel music, a lot of people think South. You know, or the East Coast,” says Andiel Brown, the director of gospel ensembles at the University of Oregon. “But gospel music is universal.”
When he first arrived at the university as a freshman, Brown wasn’t thinking of a career in music. He was a psychology major who walked onto the football team.
By Steve Fyffe
Assistant professor of voice Craig Phillips was watching a documentary about the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” when he had a lightbulb moment of his own.
We were saddened to hear the news that our great supporter and alumna Leona DeArmond (BS '51, vocal performance) passed away on Tuesday, September 5 at 88 years of age.
"She was the kindest person," said Brad Foley, Dean of the School of Music & Dance.
"She really loved the University of Oregon."
Donations may be made in Leona's memory to the U of O Foundation, School of Music Piano Fund, 1225 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403.