Steel-Pan Bands in Brooklyn Struggle to Find Rehearsal Space

Steel-pan bands, intro­duced to New York City by Caribbean immi­grants, have joy­ously chimed across cen­tral Brook­lyn for decades, per­form­ing at grad­u­a­tions and wed­dings and at annual events near Prospect Park like a musi­cal com­pe­ti­tion called Panorama and an exu­ber­ant predawn street pro­ces­sion each Labor Day called J’ouvert.”

For the full story, please see the New York Times.

Marking a milestone with music: 100-year-old pianist performs

It’s the kind of high-caliber per­for­mance you might usu­ally see at the Seat­tle Sym­phony or on an even big­ger stage. Yet the show put on Wednes­day night took place inside a retire­ment home.

Ran­dolph Hokan­son is a world renowned pianist. He also hap­pens to be a res­i­dent at Bayview Retire­ment Com­mu­nity in Seattle.”

Read the full story on our for­mer fac­ulty mem­ber at King 5.

Congratulations to Nora and Mona, winners of the Library Research Award for Undergraduate Students!

The Music Library is delighted to cel­e­brate two music major win­ners of the Library Research Award for Under­grad­u­ates.  Nora Gun­ning, a dual Piano Per­for­mance & His­tory major won in the Senior Non-Thesis Divi­sion for her paper “A Musi­cal Col­lab­o­ra­tion: the Orches­tras of Auschwitz” with Pro­fes­sor James Felak as her advi­sor.  Mona Sanges­land, a flute per­for­mance major, also won in the Senior Non-Thesis Divi­sion for her paper “Gen­der in Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’” with Pro­fes­sor Judy Tsou as her advisor.

Nora and Mona were among 9 award win­ners receiv­ing a cash prize of $1000.  The two were hon­ored in an awards cer­e­mony at the UW Libraries this past Tues­day.  Nora and Mona are the first School of Music stu­dents in the eleven year his­tory of the award to receive this honor.  Con­grat­u­la­tions, Nora and Mona!

Mona and Nora at the Library Research Award for Undergraduates Awards Ceremony

Mona and Nora at the Library Research Award for Under­grad­u­ates Awards Ceremony

Die Meistersinger” in HD and more

Met Music Direc­tor James Levine con­ducts one of his sig­na­ture works, Wagner’s epic com­edy Die Meis­tersinger von Nürn­berg —now avail­able on Met Opera on Demand. This Live in HD per­for­mance from last Decem­ber fea­tures a superb inter­na­tional cast led by Michael Volle, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch.

This month’s other new releases include:

- La Bohème (Puc­cini): radio broad­cast recorded on 1/24/2015, con­ducted by Ric­cardo Frizza and star­ring Kris­tine Opo­lais, Marina Rebeka, Jean-François Bor­ras, Mar­iusz Kwiecien, and David Soar.
- Sum­mer Playlist 2015: an audio-only com­pi­la­tion of sul­try arias for summer.

Printed Music (A/I and B/I) now in RISM’s Online Catalog

RISM is pleased to announce a major addi­tion to its free online cat­a­log that strength­ens its util­ity as a resource for the doc­u­men­ta­tion of printed music. Two of its major pub­li­ca­tions have been added to the online cat­a­log and are freely avail­able online for any­one to search at ( and (

  • The entire con­tents of A/I, Indi­vid­ual Prints before 1800
    Released on CD-ROM in 2012 and pre­vi­ously in 14 printed volumes
  • A por­tion of B/I, Recueils imprimés, XVIe-XVIIe siè­cles (Printed col­lec­tions of the 16th-17th cen­turies), cov­er­ing the years 1500–1550


The addi­tion of these printed sources brings the total num­ber of records in the online cat­a­log to over 1,010,000. New search fields allow users to search by Pub­lisher, A/I or B/I num­ber, and Plate num­ber. Search results can be refined using the cat­e­gories Pub­lisher or a RISM Series. Icons of prints and man­u­scripts allow quick visual recognition.

We would like to express our grat­i­tude to Bären­re­iter and Henle Ver­lag for allow­ing us to incor­po­rate the data into our catalog.

This addi­tion of over 100,000 prints to the online cat­a­log is an ini­tial step towards revi­tal­iz­ing cov­er­age of printed music in RISM. There are cer­tainly many addi­tions and cor­rec­tions to be made to the A/I and B/I data and we ask for your patience as we work out a pro­ce­dure for report­ing new infor­ma­tion. Insti­tu­tions or indi­vid­u­als with addi­tions or cor­rec­tions to prints already in A/1 or B/1 are wel­come to report them to us but for larger amounts of cor­rec­tions, as well as new printed items with­out entries in A/1 or B/1, it will prob­a­bly be eas­ier to wait until the new cat­a­loging pro­gram, Mus­cat, is avail­able (expected in late 2015).

Marches Online! The Complete Marches of John Philip Sousa, Vol. 1

This multi-year record­ing project is the Marine Band’s first com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion of Sousa’s marches since the 1970s. The col­lec­tion is in chrono­log­i­cal order, and Vol­ume 1 con­tains his first 17 marches, cov­er­ing the years 1873 to 1882. Vol­ume 1 is avail­able for free down­load on the Marine Band web­site, which includes audio, scrolling score videos, and PDFs of the sheet music (full scores and parts) with his­tor­i­cal and edi­to­r­ial notes. Each march has been care­fully edited and cor­rected by Lt. Col. Fet­tig and Music Pro­duc­tion Chief Mas­ter Sgt. Don­ald Pat­ter­son using some of the ear­li­est known pub­li­ca­tions and incor­po­rate per­for­mance prac­tices employed by the Marine Band that are mod­eled on those of “The March King” himself.

From Campus to Career: A Course for Graduate Students

Sum­mer Full-term | Weds., 1:10–3:20 | Ger­berd­ing 100

Helps grad­u­ate stu­dents pre­pare teach­ing mate­ri­als for aca­d­e­mic job searches. Focuses on devel­op­ing engag­ing and com­pre­hen­sive writ­ten mate­ri­als that dove­tail with research mate­ri­als. Includes peer review & mock inter­views. Rec­om­mended for advanced grad­u­ate stu­dents, year 3 or beyond.  Cred­its: 2 (CR/NC only).

Visit CTL’s Grad­u­ate School Courses page for details.

Summer Strategies: Organizing Your Funding Search before Application Deadlines (Online Webinar)

Thurs­day, May 14th4:00–5:00 p.m.  This week!

Many fund­ing dead­lines occur between Sep­tem­ber and Decem­ber, but that doesn’t mean that you can begin plan­ning and prepar­ing for fall fund­ing dead­lines now! In this webi­nar, GFIS Man­ager Rachel Wishkoski pro­vides tips and tricks for strate­giz­ing your fund­ing search to make the fall appli­ca­tion process more man­age­able. No RSVP nec­es­sary. Join online on May 14th from4-5pm at