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Educators try to create meaningful, in-person arts education during COVID-19

August 13, 2020

It’s not just numbers of students that is an issue during COVID-19, but also what arts education entails, said Donald Nally, director of choral organizations at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music.

Faculty artists release new works on page and stage this summer

July 13, 2020

Northwestern’s accomplished arts faculty will make a mark globally this season with published research, new books, a traveling art exhibition and an opera exploring teens and mental health set to premiere in Germany.

A Virtual Convocation

June 19, 2020

The Bienen School of Music celebrated the class of 2020 with a virtual convocation ceremony presented in conjunction with Northwestern’s 162nd annual Commencement on June 19.

A Message from the Director of Concert Management

June 3, 2020

Director of Concert Management Jerry Tietz shares the following message regarding the status of upcoming Bienen School concerts.

A Statement from Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery

June 2, 2020

The Bienen School of Music stands in solidarity with our Black students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and the entire Black community.

Behind the Screens: 'Orfeo Remote' Artist Interviews

May 18, 2020

Joachim Schamberger, Stephen Alltop, Kandise Le Blanc and Nicholas Lin share their various perspectives and insights on Orfeo Remote

Two Bienen ensembles compete in virtual Fischoff

May 12, 2020

Two student chamber ensembles from the Bienen School of Music – Fuse Quartet and Trio Noré – advanced in the 47th Annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, which moved to an online format for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Gavin Brehm named Luce Scholar for internship in Asia

May 4, 2020

Gavin Brehm, a triple major in music performance, cognitive neuroscience, and human-centered product design and development, has been chosen for the 2020–2021 cohort of Luce Scholars.

Tackling chamber music’s ‘naughty bits’ in the time of COVID-19

April 22, 2020

Chamber music students will advance their proficiency with infamous solo passages under the Spring Quarter teaching model developed by Bienen School’s String Chamber Program Coordinator Desirée Ruhstrat.

A Lot from Little

April 21, 2020

In its Chicago-area premiere, David T. Little's "Dog Days" gave Bienen School students an inside look at composing and mounting a contemporary opera.

A Message from Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery

April 16, 2020

Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery sent this message to alumni of the Bienen School of Music regarding the school's response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Students, Faculty Staying Together While Kept Apart

April 10, 2020

Bienen faculty and students are embracing remote instruction: “Now is the time for us to respond with creativity and courage to a challenging situation.”


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