Tag School of Music

June 1 jazz concert to celebrate John Schaffer, former School of Music director

May 16, 2019

In recognition of his contributions to music in Madison, particularly toward reinvigorating the local jazz scene, the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium's Jazz Junction Benefit Concert on June 1 will this year honor Schaffer upon his retirement.

New marching band director to take the baton

April 23, 2019

“Corey Pompey is the clear choice,” said Susan Cook, director of the School of Music. “He has a deep musicianship along with an enthusiasm and energy on the podium that was infectious; he really connected with the students.”

Thanks, Mike: Badger Band director gives grand finale

April 14, 2019

University of Wisconsin–Madison band director Mike Leckrone capped his 50-year career with his 45th annual Varsity Band Spring Concert on April 13 at the Kohl Center.

Viola sonata to have world premiere at UW–Madison

December 18, 2018

Composer and music educator John Harbison, winner of both a MacArthur Fellowship “genius” grant and a Pulitzer Prize in composition, has created a new work for Sally Chisholm, violist with the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Pro Arte Quartet, that will have its world premiere in February at UW–Madison.

UW Summer Music Clinic teaches junior high students music skills, life lessons

June 22, 2018

Nearly 400 junior high school students are participating in the UW–Madison Summer Music Clinic, a week-long band, choir and orchestra camp.

Jazz great Ben Sidran’s archives donated to UW–Madison libraries

May 10, 2018

The nearly 100 boxes of materials include everything from personal and professional correspondence, music manuscripts and drafts of song lyrics, master tapes, unedited radio interviews, and photographs and posters.

Award-winning ensemble explores contemporary classical music

March 6, 2018

The Madison ensemble Sound Out Loud, which includes four UW–Madison doctoral music students, has won a nationwide award for its performances of contemporary classical music.

People taking note of music hall construction and its surprising features

February 1, 2018

The facility will handle a wide range of performances — from intimate recitals, to ensembles, to groups of 100 or more musicians and singers. And what look like wagon-wheel windows are actually not windows at all.

Campus mourns loss of graduate student, advisor Colin Rohm, 26

November 28, 2017

UW­–Madison graduate student Colin Rohm is being remembered by his campus colleagues as a scholar of uncommon talent and wide-ranging passions who nurtured the intellectual curiosity of thousands of his fellow students as a gifted advisor.

UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative seeking Round 4 proposals

September 12, 2017

Early recipients of UW2020 funding, from the School of Music to the School of Medicine and Public Health and beyond, have assembled interdisciplinary teams to address their research questions and have attracted outside funding with initial support from the program.

New Faculty Focus: Alicia Lee

September 12, 2017

Alicia Lee is an associate professor of clarinet.

In Memoriam: “Band Mom” Phyllis Leckrone

August 8, 2017

Leckrone served as “band mom” to thousands of marching band students with care, dedication and support.

The School of Music officially enters the digital age

July 27, 2017

This fall, the Mead Witter School of Music will add a new studio to Humanities: the Electro-Acoustic Research Space (EARS). Located in a former classroom, EARS will be stuffed with the latest electronic music equipment, and will be available to faculty, students, and collaborators within the School of Music and in other departments.

UW-Madison spinoff helps libraries help local musicians

July 6, 2017

Rabble LLC, a Madison startup with UW–Madison roots, offers software to libraries that presents the sound of local musicians in an easy-to-access format.

Leckrone back with the band after double bypass surgery

March 23, 2017

The longtime conductor returned in time to rehearse for the annual Varsity Band concerts April 20-22.

Boundless Together, Part 2

October 7, 2015

A new commercial for UW–Madison will premiere this weekend during the Badger football game. Learn more about the people and projects highlighted in the spot.

Music-inspired startup helps public libraries share creative work

May 6, 2015

For most doctoral students, finishing the dissertation is an all-consuming task. But even as Kelly Hiser was wrapping up her thesis on early electronic musical instruments this past year, she was co-founding a company: Rabble, a digital platform where third-party music libraries can collect, license and exchange creative work within their communities.