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Hot subjects—Music 319: Musical Ethnicities of Wisconsin

February 12, 2008

Most students are surprised to find on the timetable that a Wisconsin-focused class could fulfill their ethnic studies requirement. But music professor Susan Cook says her new class takes a broad view of both music and ethnicity, diving into the use of music in ethnic settlements in Wisconsin since the 1800s, such as the Swiss in New Glarus and Germans in Milwaukee. She will also explore the musical traditions of Native Americans and recent Hmong immigrants.

Playing double: A UW pianist gets hands-on with a unique instrument

February 5, 2008

Christopher Taylor has two pianos in his campus studio. One has eighty-eight keys; the other has almost twice that many. Taylor, an assistant professor of music, is the unofficial keeper of a double-keyboard Steinway.

‘World-class’ UW violinist Vartan Manoogian dies

July 13, 2007

Vartan Manoogian, professor of violin at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Music, died on Thursday, July 12, in Spain. He was 71.

Recent sightings: Carillon lesson

May 11, 2007

University carillonneur Lyle Anderson leads a group of 3rd graders visiting from Marquette Elementary School on a tour of the…

Orchestras director begins new chapter

April 25, 2007

James Smith, the newly appointed director of orchestras at the School of Music, did not begin his musical career with an eye on conducting.