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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.

CU World Music Ensemble to open for Ladysmith Black Mambazo March 9, 2014

CU World Vocal Ensemble to open for world-famous Ladysmith Black Mambazo March 9

March 6, 2014

The World Vocal Ensemble, featuring CU-Boulder from the College of Music and elsewhere, will open for the world-famous choral ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo on March 9 at the Boulder Theater.

The storied all-male South African group performs Zulu music in the tradition of “isicathamiya.” Joseph Shabalala founded Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1964 after hearing isicathamiya harmonies in a dream. 

Eddie Palmieri's Salsa Orchestra to play at CU-Boulder April 5, 2014

Jazz legend Eddie Palmieri brings salsa orchestra to Macky April 5

March 5, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. — In a half-century career that includes 36 albums, 10 Grammy Awards and hundreds of lively concerts, Eddie Palmieri  — “the Miles Davis of Latin jazz” — has been bringing audiences to their feet with unparalleled energy and effusive musicianship. 

“From start to finish, Palmieri (has) the audience dancing in their seats, delighting in the jubilance of the jazz master and his band,” says the Washington Post. 

Eddie Palmieri on NPR's JazzSet; 'Miles Davis of Latin jazz' at Macky April 5

February 24, 2014

By Mark Schramm and Becca Pulliam
National Public Radio 

Viola professor Erika Eckert featured on Colorado Public Radio

February 24, 2014

By Brad Turner, Colorado Public Radio

When violist Erika Eckert sets out to plan and perform a recital, she searches for music that explores a theme or tells a memorable story.

Colorful, fantastical ‘Hansel and Gretel’ will appeal to all ages, March 14-16

February 21, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. — The German composer Engelbert Humperdinck composed the first music for his 1893 opera, “Hansel and Gretel,” in response to his sister, who asked if he’d set lyrics she’d written for her children as a Christmas surprise. 

Adelheid Wette would eventually write the libretto based on the famous Grimm brothers’ fairy tale, and the opera became something much more grand than originally conceived 

CU-Boulder announces two finalists for dean of College of Music

January 31, 2014

University of Colorado Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore today announced two finalists for the position of dean of the College of Music.

The finalists for the position are Mary Ellen Poole, former dean of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Robert Shay, director of the School of Music at the University of Missouri in Columbia.