October 12, 2015—Herbert Merker ’62, local jazz enthusiast and an avid supporter of the University of Oregon’s program in jazz studies, gifted $125,000 to the School of Music and Dance in the spring of 2014 to fund the creation of a new ensemble composed entirely of scholarship recipients, the JazzArts Oregon Combo.
October 5, 2015—It’s back! On Sunday, Oct. 25, the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance will present the fifth annual Halloween SpookTastic! low brass concert.
September 24, 2015—A UO dance education leaves its mark on graduates—just ask the members of the TRANSForm Dance Collective, an ensemble founded by eight successful alumni living in different parts of the U.S.
September 24, 2015—Now Dossin and his piano studio of eager UO musicians from several countries have set their sights on a new goal: a tour of the Pacific Northwest in which six graduate student pianists will perform Franz Liszt’s monumental “Transcendental Etudes,” a cycle of twelve inspiring etudes considered some of the most difficult in the piano repertoire.
September 23, 2015—The newest member of the dance faculty is Assistant Professor Habib Iddrisu, a traditionally trained musician, dancer, and historian from northern Ghana. Iddrisu is bringing his talent to the creation of a new dance ensemble, called Dema, which Iddrisu calls “a total African performance experience.”
September 21, 2015—The University of Oregon Department of Dance is honored to be selected as the host of the 2017 Northwest Conference meeting of the American College Dance Association!
September 21, 2015—The University of Oregon is enormously proud to launch the annual ChamberMusic@Beall concert series—known throughout Oregon for bringing renowned live chamber musicians to the ears of Willamette Valley music-lovers—with a visit by the Montrose Trio.
September 15, 2015—Alumnus Sean Jacob Turner has set a Guinness World Record for the highest elevation for a performance by a freestanding tuba soloist.