SPA 2024

The (musical) kids are back in town

June 28, 2024

Last summer, the College of Music and Sphinx Performance Academy kicked off a new partnership to welcome talented string students—ages 11-17—to our campus for an intensive scholarship program emphasizing cultural diversity. This month, it’s déjâ vu as auditioned youths engage in lessons, master classes and more, culminating in public performances tonight and this weekend.

A new plaque adorns the newly playable fortepiano, a replica after Conrad Graf 1828 by Robert Smith, ca. 1982: “This fortepiano was generously donated by Douglas and Avlona Taylor.”

Fortepiano refurb a labor of love

June 26, 2024

It was a long time coming. Piano Technician Mark Mikkelsen—who, for more than eight years, has supported the care and maintenance of the College of Music’s fleet of 160 pianos, 2 harpsichords and an organ—was thrilled when the opportunity arose to rebuild, refurbish and restore one of two fortepianos donated to our college by the late Douglas Taylor and his wife, Avlona, as an in-kind gift in 2019.

Er-Hsuan Li + orchestra

Meet the 2024 ECM artist assistance grants recipients

June 17, 2024

At the CU Boulder Entrepreneurship Center for Music, students can find the skills and tools they need for their music careers. This spring, the ECM awarded $5,820 in grants to support eight student-led professional development and community engagement projects.

Table Read of “Polly Peachum” with the full cast, composer Gene Scheer and librettist Bill Van Horn.

Nurturing young singers with new opera

May 31, 2024

The College of Music’s 2024 New Opera Workshop (CU NOW) is underway, leading up to performances of Gene Scheer’s “Polly Peachum”—as well as performances of opera scenes presented by our Composer Fellows’ Initiative—in June.

Joy Yamaguchi

Graduating DMA student shares College of Music experience, future plans

May 2, 2024

When Joy Yamaguchi graduates from our College of Music next week with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, the work she started here will continue. “Completing this degree has helped me realize my strength and solidify my focus as a multifaceted artist,” she shares.

Lillian Gordis

College of Music announces new harpsichord faculty

May 2, 2024

We’re excited to welcome Lillian Gordis as assistant professor of harpsichord this fall! “I look forward to building a diverse and thriving early music community, and attracting students from far and wide to our program at the College of Music,” she shares.

Louis Saxton

Louis Saxton named Spring 2024 Outstanding Graduating Senior

April 25, 2024

At the College of Music’s commencement ceremony on May 9, we look forward to celebrating the remarkable accomplishments and indelible impact of undergraduate cellist Louis Saxton!

Joshua Russell

Joshua Russell named 2024 Distinguished Alumnus

April 24, 2024

At the College of Music’s commencement ceremony on May 9, we’ll welcome esteemed music educator Joshua Russell back to campus—and present him the College of Music’s 2024 Distinguished Alumnus Award!

Michael Uy headshot

Michael Sy Uy to direct American Music Research Center

April 22, 2024

Uy will join the College of Music’s musicology faculty as an associate professor and assume leadership of the AMRC this fall, bringing to his new responsibilities a rich background in musicological research as well as a broadly-based perspective on academic administration.

Madison Tallman

Graduating senior spotlight: Madison Tallman

April 11, 2024

Madison Tallman graduates in May with a Bachelor of Music in flute performance along with a Music Entrepreneurship certificate and business minor. She shares highlights of her College of Music experience … and her plans for the future!