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Bienen School presents Puccini’s “La bohème”

May 12, 2022

The Bienen School of Music will bring Giacomo Puccini’s “La bohème” to the stage May 26 through 29 at Cahn Auditorium. 

Two alumni awarded 2022 Sphinx MPower Artist Grants

May 10, 2022

Alumni Alex Laing ’96 and Kenneth Thompkins ’89 are among the recipients of a 2022 MPower Artist Grant from the Sphinx Organization.

Jennifer Koh to address Bienen School class of 2022

April 28, 2022

Violinist Jennifer Koh will present the Bienen School of Music’s convocation address on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at 1 p.m. Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

“Choral” reef project by Northwestern artists featured at Chicago’s Art on theMART

April 22, 2022

Choral, an audio/visual projection by two Northwestern artists that imagines coral reefs as the metaphorical “voice” of climate change, is being presented to the public this spring as part of Chicago’s Art on theMART program.

Bienen School concert celebrates retiring faculty Steven Cohen and Gail Williams

April 19, 2022

Faculty clarinetist Steven Cohen and hornist Gail Williams will perform a final recital together in May before they retire from Northwestern University, culminating a combined 50 years of service.

Alumna Phyllis Chen awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

April 12, 2022

Bienen School of Music alumna Phyllis Chen ’00 MMus has been awarded a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition.

World premiere by Christopher Cerrone captures messages of loss and hope

April 12, 2022

After a two-year postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, composer Christopher Cerrone’s work for choir and orchestra, “The Last Message Received,” will see its world premiere at the Bienen School of Music on Saturday, April 30.

Jennifer Blackwell joins music education faculty

April 6, 2022

Jennifer Blackwell has been appointed assistant professor of music education at the Bienen School of Music, effective September 1, 2022.

Bienen ensembles perform works by Nemmers Prize winner William Bolcom

April 5, 2022

This April, the Bienen School of Music will feature three performances of works by William Bolcom, the 2021 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition winner.

Bienen saxophone quartet advances to Fischoff Competition

April 1, 2022

Conflux Quartet—an ensemble of Bienen School of Music master’s students—has been invited to the 49th Annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Victor Yampolsky to retire from Bienen School after 38 years of teaching, conducting

April 1, 2022

Victor Yampolsky, the Carol F. and Arthur L. Rice Jr. Professor in Music Performance, will retire at the end of the 2021-22 academic year, marking the conclusion of a 38-year teaching and conducting career at Northwestern.

Steven Banks awarded Avery Fisher Career Grant

March 23, 2022

Bienen School of Music alumnus Steven Banks ’17 MMus has been awarded a $25,000 Avery Fisher Career Grant. He is the first saxophonist in history to receive this honor.


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