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Tips from a Formerly Zoom-Challenged Musician

December 18, 2020

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

Nally's The Crossing album on year's best list

December 17, 2020

Professor Donald Nally and The Crossing’s recording of Eriks Esenvalds’s "Earth Teach Me Quiet" was named one of the 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2020 by the New York Times.

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.

Alumni Spotlight: Ralph Votapek

December 4, 2020

Pianist Ralph Votapek ‘60 won the prestigious Naumburg Award and the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Learn more in this Alumni Spotlight feature.

Chatting with … Kevin Vondrak

December 1, 2020

Conductor and composer Kevin Vondrak ’17 MMus talks about his arrangement of the “Alma Mater” and breaking out of a creative funk during COVID-19.

Bienen faculty, alumni among 2021 Grammy nominees

November 30, 2020

Several Bienen School faculty and alumni have received 2021 Grammy Award nominations. 

Thomalla’s ‘Dark Spring’ streaming until December 7

November 30, 2020

Dark Spring, a new opera by Professor Hans Thomalla, is now available for streaming on the Mannheim National Theatre website until December 7, 2020.

Alma Mater featured in Northwestern campaign

November 21, 2020

The Bienen Contemporary Early Vocal Ensemble’s performance of the Alma Mater was featured in a new Northwestern public service announcement.


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