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Music Theory News

October 25, 2013

Thanks to Daphne Leong for providing these recent highlights from the CU-Boulder Music Theory program:

Van Cliburn winner Kholodenko to play at CU-Boulder Nov. 8

October 14, 2013

A program rich in Rachmaninov comes to Macky Auditorium

Here’s the kind of musician 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner Vadym Kholodenko is: Dissatisfied with cadenzas he’d heard to the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, he decided he’d write one himself.

Fall 2013 faculty, alumni student news

October 10, 2013

CU-Boulder was a strong presence at the biennial Symposium on Music Teacher Education, which took place this September at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Sponsored by the Society for Music Teacher Education, a division of the National Association for Music Education, the symposium hosted several College of Music students, alumni and faculty.

"The Sound of Ecstasy" at CU-Boulder Oct. 17

"The Sound of Ecstasy" explores the role of music in Jewish Renewal Oct. 17

October 8, 2013

Scholars, musicians and religious practitioners will gather to highlight and explore the role of music in Judaism in “Embodied Judaism: The Sound of Ecstasy,” a day-long symposium on Oct. 17 on the CU-Boulder campus. 

Your Brain Needs Music, Oct. 11-12 at CU-Boulder

Tuning the brain for creativity: 'Your Brain Needs Music' symposium, Oct. 11-12

October 3, 2013

BOULDER, Colo. – “Access to arts education is one of the civil rights issues of our time,” says Anthony Brandt, associate professor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. That may sound like hyperbole, but Brandt says it’s just neuroscience. 

Complex human behavior involves both automated behavior — rote memorization — and mediated behavior, which requires synthesis, reasoning and creativity.

Holiday Festival tickets go on sale September 29

September 24, 2013

The best tickets for this popular event go fast, so order early.

Elephant gig revives grad student Brett Madsen's interest in orchestral music

September 9, 2013

BOULDER, Colo. — Brett Madsen was deeply interested in music as a high-school student in Florida. It just wasn’t the pop, rock, hip-hop and other genres most of his peers listened to. 

He was into classical music, from Bach and Beethoven to Mozart and Chopin. And he was very into writing the same kind of thing.

Cleveland Orchestra members coming to CU-Boulder

Cleveland Orchestra members give public master classes at CU-Boulder

August 29, 2013

BOULDER, Colo. — Fourteen musicians with the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra presented public master classes on Sept. 10 as part of a three-day residency at the CU-Boulder College of Music.


Provost announces search committee for CU-Boulder College of Music dean

August 28, 2013

CU-Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore announces the formation of a search committee to lead a national search for a new dean of the College of Music.

Joel Schut, CU-Boulder College of Music, in Afghanistan.

CU-Boulder music graduates bring music education to the heart of Afghanistan

August 12, 2013

Little more than a decade before Joel Schut arrived for a two-month teaching project at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, music was banned in the war-torn central Asian nation.

From 1992 to 2001, the ruling Taliban prohibited the playing of music and actively destroyed thousands of instruments. An entire generation of Afghans was not allowed to take part in the act of creating music.