Sept. 15, 2013—Associate Professor Rodney Dorsey will be joining the performance faculty teaching conducting and directing the Oregon Wind Ensemble. Assistant Professor Juan Eduardo "Ed" Wolf will take over ethnomusicology from Dr. Mark Levy, who retired last spring.
May 6, 2013—The University of Oregon Chamber Choir has placed first in a major international competition.
Feb. 1, 2013—Assistant Professor of Music Education Frank Diaz has accepted the conductor position for the Corvallis Youth Symphony of Corvallis, Ore. Diaz's tenure as conductor will start on June 1, 2013. As part of his duties for the CYS, Diaz will rehearse the student musicians weekly, and will conduct two formal concerts annually, as well as the organization's Classical Cabaret each March.
EUGENE, Ore.—(July 24, 2013)—The University of Oregon School of Music and Dance was instrumental in the creation of the music behind “Capoeira: Fly Away Beetle,” an award-winning documentary recently released for online download and rental. The film’s score was composed by Brian McWhorter, associate professor of trumpet at the University of Oregon.
The upcoming New York Musical Theatre Festival production of Swiss Family Robinson: A Musical Adventure will feature choreography by UO Associate Professor Walter Kennedy. The production will run for five performances from July 9 through 17, at the new Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street in New York City.