College of Music freshman Michael Ochoa named Esteemed Scholar at CU-Boulder

Sept. 19, 2014

College of Music freshman Michael Ochoa has been named to the inaugural class of the CU-Boulder Esteemed Scholars program. "I was honored to be awarded this scholarship and to be included in this program," Ochoa says. "A huge factor for me was the professor of oboe here (Peter Cooper), also the environment of CU-Boulder is a really welcoming place."


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.


CU Regent Ludwig pens poem in appreciation of Holiday Festival

Dec. 11, 2013

Moved by a performance of the 2013 Holiday Festival, one of the College of Music's and CU Presents' most popular events year after year, University of Colorado Regent Stephen Ludwig authored a poem, "Cosmic Gift," that distills some of the emotions stirred by the performance.

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Horn Choir performs 'Christmas Crackers' at Children's Hospital in Denver

Dec. 10, 2013

The University of Colorado Boulder Horn Choir performs Jean-François Taillard's "Christmas Crackers" at Denver's Children's Hospital on Dec. 9, 2013, Michael Thornton directing.


Anna & John J. Sie Foundation funds $2 million Daniel and Boyce Sher Distinguished Musicians Endowment at CU-Boulder

Dec. 2, 2013

Beginning in fall 2014, these Sher Distinguished Scholars (either undergraduate or graduate students) will be awarded full-ride scholarships to the College of Music based on their demonstrated exceptional ability and potential to excel at a national and international level.

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Teaching peace through music: Liz Shropshire to speak at CU Nov. 14

Nov. 5, 2013

Following the brutal ethnic cleansing that ravaged Kosovo in the late 1990s, Liz Shropshire wanted to find a way to help the tens of thousands of children living in refugee camps.


Elephant gig reviews revives grad student Brett Madsen's interest in orchestral music

Sept. 9, 2013

BOULDER, Colo. — Brett Madsen was deeply interested in music as a high-school student in Florida. It just wasn’t the pop, rock, hip-hop and other genres most of his peers listened to. He was into classical music, from Bach and Beethoven to Mozart and Chopin. And he was very into writing the same kind of thing.

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VIDEO A little 'rock' music atop 14,255-foot Longs Peak

Sept. 9, 2013

Violinist Jenny Shea, a Colorado native and graduate student at the CU-Boulder College of Music, climbed daunting Longs Peak with her friend, cellist Gal Faganel, professor of cello at the University of Northern Colorado, play a free 'rock' concert on July 22, 2013.

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VIDEO Pac-12 commercial features College of Music scores, musicians

Sept. 5, 2013

Top: Scored by Dan Brandt, played by violinist Marisa Ishikawa, cellists Megan Knapp and Trevor Minton, and pianist Peter Mathys. Ishikawa and Knapp also appear briefly. Bottom: Scored by Hugh Lobel, played by Ishikawa, Knapp, Minton, and Mathys.


CU-Boulder music graduates bring music education to the heart of Afghanistan

Aug. 12, 2013

Little more than a decade before Joel Schut arrived for a two-month teaching project at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, music was banned in the war-torn central Asian nation. From 1992 to 2001, the ruling Taliban prohibited the playing of music and actively destroyed thousands of instruments. An entire generation of Afghans was not allowed to take part in the act of creating music.