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."
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.