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Preparing for that Virtual Audition

January 25, 2021

The Bienen School’s admission staff offers tips to help students prepare for virtual auditions (hint: practicing is the number one way to set yourself up for success).

Alumni Spotlight: Beth Kirkpatrick

January 22, 2021

Beth Kirkpatrick ‘03 is best known for understudying Madame Thenardier in Broadway's “Les Miserables” and for the original cast recording of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” as the Madam. Learn more in this Alumni Spotlight feature.

Practicing at Home: Discussing At-Home Set-Ups

January 20, 2021

Undergraduate student Valérie Filloux discusses creating an ideal at-home practice space.

Alumni Spotlight: Thomas Mesa

January 15, 2021

Cuban-American cellist Thomas Mesa ‘14 MMus has won the First Prize in the 2016 Sphinx Competition, the Astral Artists 2017 National Auditions, and the Alhambra Orchestra Concerto Competition. Learn more in this Alumni Spotlight feature.

Alumnus Cory Hills named inaugural Gretsch Fellow

January 4, 2021

Bienen School alumnus Cory Hills ‘03 has been named an inaugural Gretsch Fellow in Children’s Music at the Fred Rogers Center. The fellowship was created to support research and best practices in music experiences for children.

Alumni Spotlight: Paula Grissom-Broughton

December 21, 2020

Paula Grissom-Broughton ‘99 MMus is currently chair of the department of music at Spelman College, where she has served on the faculty since 2008. Learn more in this Alumni Spotlight feature.

Tips from a Formerly Zoom-Challenged Musician

December 18, 2020

Cello student Annie Hyung shares her tips for facilitating a superior Zoom music experience.

Alumni Spotlight: Mallory Thompson

December 17, 2020

Mallory Thompson ‘79, ‘80 MMus is director of bands, professor of music, and coordinator of the conducting program at the Bienen School of Music. Learn more in this Alumni Spotlight feature.

Use Music to Ground Yourself Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

December 16, 2020

Looking ahead to winter quarter, it’s important to make time in your schedule for things that make you happy, because that supports your academic success! Here are some suggestions from student Elaina Palada. 

Northwestern Opera Theater launches ‘Orfeo remote’ mini-series

December 14, 2020

The pandemic could not stop Northwestern University Opera Theater from proceeding with plans for a fully realized production of Claudio Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo.”

Brannon Cho wins 2020 Starker Foundation Award

December 11, 2020

Cellist Brannon Cho ’17 has been awarded the $35,000 János Starker Foundation Award for 2020.

Alumni Spotlight: Ian Derrer

December 11, 2020

Ian Derrer ‘01 MMus is General Director and CEO of the Dallas Opera. He has previously held administrative positions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, and Kentucky Opera. Learn more in this Alumni Spotlight feature.

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