4 CU Boulder faculty members become distinguished professors (Nov. 10, 2022, CU Boulder Today)
Huge congratulations to Professor of Musicology Rebecca Maloy who has been named Distinguished Professor! Maloy was recognized for her distinguished research, her dedication to teaching and mentoring, and for her service to her profession and the university. Maloy joins Alan McMurray and David Korevaar, the only other faculty from the College of Music ever to have been selected for this highest honor the university bestows.
NAfME Announces Winners of NAfME 2022 Student Composers Competition, Student Songwriters Competition and Student Electronic Music Competition (Nov. 2, Yahoo!)
Congratulations to Ryan Flat—student composer, instrumentalist and vocalist—for being a winner of the National Association for Music Education’s 2022 Student Composers Competition!
Present Edge (Oct. 31, 2022, KGNU Community Radio)
Gary McBride interviews two of our composers from an upcoming (Nov. 2) Pendulum New Music concert—Abby Kellems and Jessie Lausé—who were commissioned by the Boulder Altitude Directive to write a new work for chamber ensemble!
Mozart’s death: sorting out fact from fiction (Oct. 31, 2022, CPR Classical)
Mozart’s early death helped create a mystique that fueled his early legacy. Find out more in this last Mozart Snapshots of 2022 with Colorado native and College of Music alumna Katie Mahan.
Wei Wu returns to CU, where he started in opera (Oct. 20, 2022, Sharps & Flations)
Bass singer Wei Wu left Beijing in 2008 in study with Julie Simpson at our College of Music. The first full opera role he performed was in the role of Colline in Puccini’s “La Bohéme.” Nearly 10 years later, he returns to the Macky stage in the same role.
Eklund Opera brings 19th-century Paris to Macky (Oct. 19, 2022, Sharps & Flatirons)
Eklund Opera Program Director Leigh Holman says “[La Bohéme] ... is the best first opera that anybody could ever see.” College of Music students in the cast are the same age as the characters.
The magical world of Mozart puppet theater (Oct. 5, 2022, CPR Classical)
College of Music alumna and Colorado native Katie Mahan is collaborating with Colorado Public Radio on a series called “Mozart Snapshots”—taking listeners on a journey through Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life in Salzburg, Austria. She talks with Salzburger Marionettentheater’s artistic director Philippe Brunner about the theater’s full-length opera productions using hand-carved marionettes.
CU Boulder community enriches ours (Sept. 26, 2022, Daily Camera)
“ ... the campus’ reach goes beyond economics. Our quality of life as a community is arguably enhanced by the many cultural offerings available, from the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, College of Music events, major speakers and concerts to the Conference on World Affairs ... ”
Music for life (Sept. 25, 2022, Daily Camera)
We love to see our College of Music family uplift and engage our community in diverse ways, across generations! Bob Spillman—College of Music professor emeritus, and retired chair of our piano faculty and music director of our opera program—is an active composer and songwriter, offering regular recitals, spontaneous afternoon concerts and piano nights with Broadway show tunes to Carillon residents. Among many accolades, Spillman received the CU Boulder Alumni Association's Robert L. Stearns Award in 2004 in recognition of his service and career.
CU study on Pueblo's cultural music has collected 27 oral histories so far (Sept. 20, 2022, The Pueblo Chieftain)
“Soundscapes of the People,” a collaboration between the University of Colorado Boulder’s American Music Research Center and Colorado State University Pueblo, has collected 27 oral histories in the past year exploring Pueblo’s cultural music history.
Between tours, Takács Quartet opens fall campus series with Beethoven (Sept. 14, 2022, Sharps & Flatirons)
How TikTok has changed the music industry (Sept. 12, 2022, CU Boulder Today)
College of Music Instructor of Music Theory + Composition Mike Barnett shares how TikTok has changed the music industry … for better and for worse.
‘Soundscapes of the People’ explores Pueblo’s history through music (Sep. 1, 2022, CU Boulder Today)
The College of Music’s American Music Research Center has embarked on a research project to document, preserve and engage with diverse musical and cultural influences in and around Pueblo, Colorado. In this onsite video, learn more about how Soundscapes of the People explores ways that musical traditions have served to bridge social, ethnic, urban/rural and religious identities.
Renowned pianist, CU prof David Korevaar diversifies repertoire for free show (Aug. 24, 2022, Daily Camera)
As part of our free, long-running Faculty Tuesdays series, Korevaar will take the stage on Aug. 30. Also learn about Korevaar’s other upcoming events!
13 faculty, staff selected for Excellence in Leadership Program (Aug. 18, 2022, CU Boulder Today)
We’re pleased to see College of Music faculty and staff recognized in this way! Congrats to Austin Okigbo, associate professor and chair, musicology; and Carrie Howard, assistant dean for budget and finance!
The Juilliard School announces its 2022 resident graduate string quartet (Aug. 16, 2022, The Strad)
We’re so proud of the Ivalas Quartet—comprising violinists Reuben Kebede and Tiani Butts, violist Aimée McAnulty and cellist Pedro Sánchez—for being named the Juilliard School’s graduate resident string quartet; the two-year residency begins September 2022. From 2019 to 2022, the quartet was resident at our College of Music, mentored by the Takács Quartet. The Ivalas Quartet dedicates much of its time to celebrating BIPOC composers, as well as taking part in educational initiatives.
The Music of Pueblo (June 6, 2022, Coloradan)
Our Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Susan Thomas and alumna Xóchitl Chávez—assistant professor in the music department at the University of California, Riverside—partner to preserve the diversity of music in Pueblo.
World-class classical music comes to Boulder's Chautauqua this summer (June 21, 2022, Westword)
The Colorado Music Festival was founded in 1976 by College of Music Professor Emeritus Giora Bernstein. “Within two years, the festival moved to the then-recently restored Chautauqua Auditorium, where it won the first of five ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards.” The College of Music’s Takács Quartet will be the festival's artist-in-residence.
Quartet promotes inclusion in classical music (May 22, 2022, 9News)
Recently graduated members of the Ivalas Quartet, the College of Music's Graduate String Quartet in Residence, discuss their mission to elevate underrepresented composers and break up stereotypes that have followed classical music through the years. The quartet strives to give lesser-known but just-as-talented composers their shot in front of audiences. Specifically, the group gives artists like George Walker, an African American composer, and Jessie Montgomery, a female African American composer, their time next to pieces by Beethoven.
NEH grant helps research Pueblo, Colorado’s music history (May 18, 2022, UC Riverside)
Soundscapes of the People: A Musical Ethnography of Pueblo, Colorado was recently recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities with a nearly $130,000 Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research grant. The project director and principal investigator is Susan Thomas, professor of musicology and director of our American Music Research Center; co-principal investigators are Austin Okigbo, associate professor of ethnomusicology at our College of Music; and alumna Xóchitl Chávez, assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the University of California, Riverside.
Annika Socolofsky will turn soothing lullabies into feminist anthems at the Pulitzer (May 17, 2022, St. Louis Public Radio)
Assistant Professor of Composition Annika Socolofsky creates feminist-rager lullabies for a new queer era inspired by traditional nursery rhymes and lullabies. She will release “Don’t Say a Word” as an album later this year and will perform with song cycle with six members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.
CU Boulder dedicates tree to victims killed in King Soopers mass shooting (March 31, 2022, Daily Camera)
CU Boulder dedicated a tree to the victims of the Table Mesa King Soopers shooting in 2021. It was planted to be within sight of where the Golden Buffalo Marching Band practices; shooting victim Teri Leiker was a fan of the marching band.
Teri Leiker scholarship helping students at CU Boulder (March 22, 2022, Denver7)
“It doesn’t define us”: Boulder community reflects one year after King Soopers shooting (March 18, 2022, Colorado Daily)
Says survivor and College of Music sophomore Louis Saxton, “It’s not ever going to be something I can just brush off, where if someone brings it up I won’t feel a wave of emotions.” Saxton was walking out of King Soopers when the gunman attacked. Immediately after the mass shooting, he returned to the store and played cello for 10 days at the streetside memorial, one day for each person killed.
The College of Music's American Music Research Center digitizing 5,000 pounds of silent film score sheet music (March 10, 2022, Daily Camera)
A sprawling collection of historic pieces of music—performed during screenings at the showman’s Chinese Theatre, Egyptian Theatre and elsewhere—have been preserved and are currently being archived digitally by University of Colorado Boulder’s American Music Research Center.
Colorado musicians unite to raise support for Marshall Fire relief (Feb. 14, 2022, CPR Classical)
On Feb. 19, Colorado Public Radio is partnering with Front Range Media and music organizations for an online benefit concert “Above the Ashes: A Virtual Concert for Marshall Fire Relief.” The concert will feature more than 10 local ensembles and artists, including the College of Music's Takács Quartet, Ars Nova Singers and the Boulder Bach Festival. They are also joined by cellist Joshua Halpern and CU-Boulder faculty Chas Wetherbee on violin with David Korevaar on piano.
Faculty Tuesdays bring wondrous performances to attendees—for free (Feb. 14, 2022, CU Boulder Today)
A reminder that—most Tuesdays throughout the academic year—our faculty + guests treat audiences to their talents. Join us!
Music Professor Rebecca Maloy to deliver Distinguished Research Lecture March 8 (Feb. 11, 2022, CU Research + Innovation Office)
Maloy, a professor of musicology and the director of the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, will deliver her in-person Distinguished Research Lecture, “Constructing Sanctity Through Sound in Early Medieval Iberia.”
After tragedy, one town reopens the doors (Feb. 11, 2022, The Washington Post)
Nearly a year beyond the King Soopers mass shooting, Boulder residents ask: What does it mean to heal? Says College of Music student and survivor Louis Saxton, who played the cello at the memorial fence for 10 days to honor the 10 victims: “Being a survivor ... makes me thankful for the days that I don’t want to get out of bed. Thankful for the days I fight with my family, fight with my professors, fight with my friends. Grateful for the hard days, and it makes the good days even better.”
Boulder King Soopers Reopens ‘Stronger Than Ever’ (Feb. 9, 2022, CBS4)
"It was a homecoming, King Soopers said, complete with the University of Colorado’s marching band and the Denver Broncos cheerleaders."
Additionally on Feb. 9, Denver7 shone the spotlight on Teri Leiker and how her love of our marching band lives on through a scholarship fund, as also expressed by Golden Buffalo Marching Band Director Matthew Dockendorf.
CU honors diverse women composers (Feb. 4, 2022, The Denver Gazette)
Spotlighting our annual Persevering Legacy events and the CU Philharmonia's diverse programming.
22 for ’22: Composers and performers to watch this year (Jan. 22, 2022, The Washington Post)
Congratulations to first-year master's student (orchestral conducting) Kedrick Armstrong for landing on The Post's 2022 watch list! This year’s selection of artists "represents a diverse variety of composers, performers and artists hitting their stride with work that resonates with the right now."
Music played over old silent films will be available to everyone after CU digitizes it (Dec. 8, 2021, 9News)
With a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, our American Research Center is collaborating with CU Libraries and the Silent Film Sound and Music Archive to create and make available to the public a comprehensive digital archive of the Grauman Theatre Scores Collection ... including some 3,854 silent film orchestral scores and an additional 192,700 preservation images.
Resilience Realized (Nov. 5, 2021, Coloradan)
Raul Dominguez (DMus ’22), a conductor and instructor, knew the pandemic was going to be especially difficult for those in music. In May 2020, he secured a grant from CU’s Entrepreneur Center for Music to begin the Choral Conductors Colloquium, a virtual five-lecture series featuring prominent choral conductors.
Southern Colorado music being preserved by this CU project (Oct. 15, 2021, 9News)
Our American Music Research Center's "Soundscapes of the People" project records historic music tailored to southern Colorado. "The long term goals of this project is that people will be able to have access and have something tangible to listen, see and maybe touch in some way, the items of their heritage their roots right and building identity," says Dr. Xochitl Chavez.
Museum of Boulder’s ‘Music Buffs’ showcases history of CU’s College of Music, iconic venues and more (Oct. 13, 2021, Daily Camera)
We're thrilled about the Museum of Boulder's latest exhibit looking at CU Boulder’s lineage of onsite music programming, sought-out on-campus concert venues and providing a glimpse into the College of Music’s future. Among other events and activities, on Nov. 5, Professor of Musicology Laurie Sampsel will present "A Guided Tour of Colorado Songs,” providing insight into 20 songs inspired by the Centennial State.
University of Colorado Boulder reflects on progress, hurdles in diversity work (Oct. 10, 2021, Daily Camera)
Progress is happening in programs like the Diverse Musicians’ Alliance, where university staff and students work together to empower underrepresented artists. "Students have done a great job of challenging the College of Music to challenge themselves, of pushing people out of their comfort zones," said Alma Ramos, (former) diversity and outreach coordinator for the college.
Museum of Boulder exhibit explores history of CU's College of Music (Oct. 6, 2021, CU Boulder Today)
The Museum of Boulder has partnered with the College of Music to create a pop-up exhibit exploring the history of the college's first 100 years. "Music Buffs: A Century of Music at CU" runs through Nov. 28.
Guest Opinion: John S. Davis: CU's music building is something to sing about (Oct. 1, 2021, Daily Camera)
The upgraded Imig building has already enhanced learning and performance experiences for our students by accelerating our momentum to leverage various technologies in ways that elevate College of Music offerings well beyond our immediate campus community. With new learning and performance spaces and tools, we’re not only expanding the reach and range of what’s possible as scholars, composers and performers, we’re also adding to our students’ skill sets and paving the way toward greater diversity, equity and inclusion in everything we do.
Takács Quartet wins 4th Gramophone award (Sept. 30, 2021, CU Boulder Today)
Congratulations to our remarkable Takács Quartet!
Students and staff celebrate completion of Imig expansion (Sept. 26, 2021, CU Independent)
The College of Music's new studios and practice spaces have already proven their worth for Michaela Miles, a third-year member of the Golden Buffalo Marching Band. Read on about the impact of our expanded Imig Music Building from both student and faculty perspectives!
CU Boulder College of Music unveils long-anticipated building addition (September 17, 2021, CU Boulder Today)
CU Boulder students, faculty, staff and community members celebrated the opening of a state-of-the-art, $57-million addition to the Imig Music Building that enhances the College of Music’s standing as a national leader in comprehensive music education, performance, composition and research.
'Soundscapes of the People' to document local musical history (Sept. 14, Pueblo Chieftain)
Our American Music Research Center's 'Soundscapes of the People' project will explore ways that musical traditions have shaped social, ethnic and religious identities.
American Music Research Center explores musical traditions of Pueblo, CO (September 1, 2021, American Music Research Center)
Our American Music Research Center is breaking ground with its innovative Soundscapes of the People project, a comprehensive research effort in collaboration with local community stakeholders to document, preserve and engage with diverse musical and cultural influences in and around Pueblo, Colorado. The research team aims to address the lack of representation and inclusion in the history of Southern Colorado culture.
Is Music Still a Viable Major and Career Plan? (MajoringinMusic.com, September 3, 2021)
“Entrepreneurship goes beyond ‘business skills,’ it rests on a foundation of understanding the needs and sensibilities of the people you are trying to reach with your art,” says Jeffrey Nytch, composer and Director of the Entrepreneurship Center for Music at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music.
Denver's Ten Best Jazz Musicians (Westword, August 31, 2021)
Congratulations to alumna Annie Booth and alumnus/College of Music Lecturer Hugh Ragin, among other local jazz luminaries associated with our college!
Simple safety measures reduce musical COVID-19 transmission (August 27, 2021, CU Boulder Today)
As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe in 2020, musicians around the world were desperate for the answers to two pressing questions: Can playing musical instruments transmit COVID-19? And if so, what can be done? Now, halfway through 2021, the first official research results are in—and it’s good news: The show can go on.
Maloy and Parker honored with Distinguished Research Lectureships (August 26, 2021, Research + Innovation Office)
Rebecca Maloy of the College of Music is one of two recipients of the 2021-2022 Distinguished Research Lectureships. Professor of Musicology and Erismann Faculty Fellow, Maloy also serves as director of the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. One of the world’s leading scholars of chant from the Iberian Peninsula, Maloy’s current work examines the Old Hispanic chant of the Iberian Peninsula from historical, liturgical, theological and musicological perspectives.
Colorado Music Festival Offering First Time Learning Opportunity (July 28, 2021, CBS4)
Members of the Ivalas Quartet—our Graduate Quartet-in-Residence—are the first fellows at the Colorado Music Festival. The fellowship program is designed to build up young quartets and promote diversification in the field.
The Colorado Lullaby Project Bridges Mental Health and Parenting (July 2, 2021, Coloradan Alumni Magazine)
As a part of Carnegie Hall’s community engagement programs, the Lullaby Project has a network of partners—including CU Boulder—across the globe. Learn about the amazing Colorado Lullaby Project, which kicked off under the direction of Grace Law (MMus ’21).
CU's Austin C. Okigbo Studies Music from Past Pandemics (July 2, 2021, Coloradan Alumni Magazine)
Our Musicology Chair traces the way people express themselves musically during times of widespread illness—a highly relevant topic given COVID-19.
35 Fellows Chosen for Cleveland Institute of Music Future of Music Faculty Fellowship (June 22, 2021, Broadway World)
Congratulations to doctoral candidate Raul Dominguez, and alumni Teresita Lozano and Brice Smith!
Bill to create Special Olympics license plate named after Boulder King Soopers shooting victim (May 25, 2021, Denver7)
House Bill 1323 has been named the Teri Leiker Act
Shelly Miller awarded for research on COVID-19 transmission via singing (May 19, 2021, CU Boulder)
Professor Shelly Miller is among an international coalition of researchers whose COVID-19 transmission work has been recognized by the American Academy of Teachers of Singing.
Donors endow Teri Leiker CU Boulder marching band scholarship (May 12, 2021, Daily Camera)
Band Practice in the Age of COVID-19 (April 14, 2021, The Wall Street Journal)
Researchers at CU Boulder and the University of Maryland have found simple ways to mitigate the risk posed by the potentially virus-laden aerosols spewed into the air by singing and playing wind instruments.
All Together Now (April 8, 2021, The New York Times)
Shelly Miller, an aerosol scientist at CU Boulder and lead author of the Indoor Air paper, has since been collaborating on a study of COVID-prevention measures with the International Coalition of Performing Arts.
Communicating feelings: CU student, shooting survivor returns to memorial each day to play cello (March 25, 2021, FOX31)
CU Boulder violist wins Grammy (March 19, 2021, 9NEWS)
Colorado Lullaby Project
Building upon Carnegie Hall’s innovative program, the Colorado Lullaby Project brings together individuals that identify as parents, or new parent, with College of Music student musicians to strengthen community through song.