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Instructor of music education Beth Wheeler teaches children with severe emotional issues at Jasper Mountain treatment center.

Volunteer Brings Music to Children Who Need it the Most

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.

Photo illustration featuring dancer Lindsay Dreyer from the show "Tesla: Light, Sound, Color." (photo credit: Jennifer James-Long / Studio Sura)

Tesla: Light, Sound, Color

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.”

Associate professor of saxophone and jazz studies Idit Shner on the cover of Eugeen Weekly.

Jazz Lives in Eugene

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.

A student records a classmate in an audio production class.

School of Funk

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.

Andiel Brown leads the UO Gospel Choir at the Disney Gospel Choir Fest.

Andiel Brown Takes Gospel To New Heights

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.


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