In May 2018, The Nellie Tholen Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation awarded Steinway Artist Claire Wachter a grant of $40,000 to complete the second phase of The Virtual Piano Master Course online video series.
By Steve Fyffe
What’s the best way to give a group of jazz students a taste of what it’s really like to be international performing artists?
How about a 10-day, three-country European tour, featuring shows at some of the world’s top jazz festivals.
By Jenifer Craig
Emerita Associate Professor and 5th Department Head of UO Dance (1992-2016)
Physical Education Department professor emerita Lois Youngen has created a new dance scholarship in honor of her former colleagues M. Frances Dougherty and Linda Hearn.
“Of all the things I’d give money for at the UO, scholarships to students reap the greatest benefit," Youngen said.
Associate professor of percussion Pius Cheung delivers a solo performance on drum and marimba at the "Wings" UO Presidential Speaker Series in Portland on June 1, 2018.
The Seattle Times ran a story chronicling assistant professor of voice Craig Phillips' efforts to unearth long lost musical scores from the popular 1930s vocal quartet known as "The Revelers." You can read the story here.
By Steve Fyffe
Sabrina Madison-Cannon’s parents had a simple reason for sending their four-year-old daughter to her first dance lesson.
“My parents thought, ‘It would be great to put her in something that makes her more graceful, because she’s pretty clumsy,’” says Madison-Cannon.
They had no way of knowing that she was taking the first steps on a journey that would take her around the world as a featured performer with one of America’s most celebrated modern dance companies.
By Steve Fyffe
A professor who helped put the University of Oregon on the world’s musical map will have his legacy live on thanks to a former student’s $1 million gift establishing a faculty chair in his name.
The Edmund A. Cykler Chair in Music will receive an additional $1 million in matching funds from the Presidential Fund for Excellence, created last year by UO president Michael Schill with a $50 million gift from an anonymous donor.
By Sarah Eddy
Jasper Mountain, a treatment center for children with emotional issues, hoped that Beth Wheeler would come out and teach music once or twice a year. Wheeler, a UO instructor of music education, negotiated. She now volunteers at Jasper twice a week.
“If you can hear my voice, eyes on me,” Wheeler said to a group of 5- to 8-year-olds one Thursday morning. A few students snapped to attention, sitting “crisscross applesauce” on the carpet. Others continued to fidget and chatter.
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.