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CU-Boulder jazz students perform at Monterey's Next Generation Jazz Festival

CU-Boulder students perform at Monterey's prestigious Next Generation Jazz Festival

March 31, 2015

The Concert Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo received rave reviews for their performances at the “Super Bowl of jazz education” in Monterey, California March 27-29.

CU-Boulder jazz ensemble to swing Ellington's 'Nutcracker' Dec. 11 at Dazzle Jazz

CU-Boulder jazz ensemble to swing Ellington-Strayhorn 'Nutcracker' Dec. 11 at Dazzle Jazz

December 9, 2014

Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, which premiered the week before Christmas in 1892, is among the most iconic works of art associated with the holiday.

First recorded in 1960, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's jazz interpretation takes the Russian composer's classic, amps the tempo and makes it swing

Behind the Scenes of Spring Swing with John Davis

February 24, 2013

Director of Jazz Studies John Davis gives a behind-the-scenes look at preparing for Spring Swing this Sunday, February 24 at 2 p.m. in Macky Auditorium.


CU Opera in “Brundibar”

July 23, 2012

CU Opera provided the student vocalists for the lead roles in the Colorado Music Festival’s presentation of Hans Krasa’s “Brundibar” June 28-29, 2012. Jessi Goebel and Lukas Graf played the young heroes, Anniku and Pepicek, in search of milk for their ailing mother.

Tesla Quartet Places at Multiple Competitions

May 14, 2012

The Tesla Quartet, graduate string quartet-in-residence at the CU College of Music, has earned the Gold Medal in the Senior Strings Division of the illustrious Fischoff Chamber Music competition.  After several rounds of rigorous competition, the Tesla Quartet emerged with the gold medal in the senior strings division along with a $3,000 cash prize.  In addition to the prize money, the Tesla Quartet will participate in a tour of the midwestern United States in October.

CU Chamber Ensembles to Participate in Fischoff Competition

April 17, 2012

Three chamber ensembles, all of differing instrumentation, have been accepted to compete with top musicians from across the country in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.  Based on audition materials and applications, the Zenobia Quintet, the Flatirons Brass Quintet and the Tesla Quartet have all been accepted into this illustrious competition.

Anasazi String Quartet

Alumni Anasazi String Quartet win MTNA Chamber Music Competition

March 29, 2012

The Anasazi String Quartet (ASQ) won 1st Prize in the 2012 MTNA National Chamber Music Competition. The quartet, praised by audiences for their passionate and engaging performances, has been playing together since the fall of 2009. Founded at the University of Colorado at Boulder, ASQ pursued studies with the school’s string faculty: Lina Bahn, Judith Glyde, Erika Eckert, and the Takács Quartet.

2012 CU New Opera Workshop Announced

January 3, 2012

The CU New Opera Workshop has just been announced for this summer and you’re invited to explore this year’s exciting offerings including Lori Laitman’s opera “Ludlow,” based on the verse novel by Colorado poet laureate David Mason about the deadly Colorado coal mining strike.

VIDEO: Allan McMurray

November 4, 2011

Chair of the CU-Boulder Conducting Department, Allan McMurray

Jennie Dorris

Taking Note: Jennie Dorris MM ’05

September 6, 2011

Founded by Jennie Dorris (MMus’05), Telling Stories is a concert series that draws on a cast of 100 classically trained freelance musicians and writers who want to make chamber music and literature “a little more fun and a lot less stuffy.”