College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder


New faculty: Matthew Dockendorf, Assistant Director of Bands

April 29, 2014

Prior to his appointment at CU-Boulder, Matthew Dockendorf studied at Michigan State University, where he wrote drill and arranged music for the Spartan Marching Band and Spartan Brass. He served as conductor of the Campus Band and guest conducted the Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, Concert Band and Musique 21. 

New faculty: Matthew Chellis, Assistant Professor of Voice

April 29, 2014

As a tenor, Matthew Chellis has appeared to critical and popular acclaim throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. 

He has performed with the New York City Opera, National Symphony, Atlanta Opera, Opera de Bogota, Frankfurt Opera and many others. He has served leading roles in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Juan in Prague, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance and numerous others.

Wetherbee talks with Colorado Public Radio about Boulder Phil appointment

April 24, 2014

Charles Wetherbee, assistant professor of violin, spoke with Jean Inaba of Colorado Public Radio about his recent appointment as concertmaster for the Boulder Philharmonic.

CU Opera will kick it with Sondheim and friends, April 24-27

April 15, 2014

‘Side by Side’ is more than just a musical review 

BOULDER, Colo. — Imagine hanging out with legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and a few of his closest friends—Bernadette Peters, Leonard Bernstein, Mandy Patinkin and others—as they chat and swing into some of his greatest works. 

That’s what you’ll experience onstage when CU Opera performs “Side by Side by Sondheim” April 24-27.

Former CU-Boulder orchestra leader Akira Endo dead at 75

Maestro Akira Endo, 1938-2014

April 15, 2014

Akira Endo, former director of orchestral studies at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music, died April 3, 2014. He was 75. 

He was born Nov. 16, 1938 in Shido, Japan to the late Hikataro and Reiko Endo. In 1954 he moved with his family to the United States, where he completed his high-school education. 

CU Symphony's 'Planets' to feature video and astronaut narration, April 29

CU Symphony's 'Planets' to feature planetary video, astronaut Joe Tanner

April 11, 2014

Live, multi-media symphonic performance at Macky Auditorium April 29

BOULDER, Colo. — When the CU Symphony launches into a performance of Gustav Holst’s Romantic suite, The Planets, on April 29, audiences will experience not just music, but also video featuring the latest high-resolution images taken by the Mars Curiosity rover, the Hubble space telescope and other unmanned NASA spacecraft. 

International artists to headline 2014 CU New Opera Workshop June 13-15

April 10, 2014

 Opera is Irish author Tóibín’s adaptation of his best-selling novel, ‘The Master’ 

BOULDER, Colo. — Renowned Irish author Colm Tóibín, Italian composer Alberto Caruso and Ron Daniels, associate director for the Royal Shakespeare Company will join forces at CU Opera’s New Opera Workshop June 13-15. 

Robert Shay

CU-Boulder announces new College of Music dean

April 2, 2014

University of Colorado Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore today announced the appointment of a new dean for the College of Music.

The new dean will be Robert Shay, director of the School of Music at the University of Missouri in Columbia. His appointment will begin Sept. 1.

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra names Charles Wetherbee concertmaster

March 12, 2014

Accomplished violinist and CU music faculty member offers extensive orchestral experience

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra has named College of Music Assistant Professor of Violin Charles Wetherbee concertmaster following an 18-month national search. 

Black Rock Elementary students in CU Opera's 'Hansel and Gretel'

Black Rock Elementary students take stage for 'Hansel and Gretel'

March 11, 2014

By Victoria A.F. Camron

Times-Call Staff Writer

Watch video story here

In Engelbert Humperdinck's 1893 opera, "Hansel and Gretel," a fence of traditional gingerbread-cookie-shaped panels surrounds the witch's gingerbread house.