The University of Illinois School of Music and commission sponsors Jana Mason and Richard Anderson are pleased to announce that composer Zhaoyu Zhang and pianist Lishan Xue have won the Twentieth Annual 21st Century Piano Commission,
Jennifer Kempe, an alumnae of the University of Illinois Horn Studio, has won a position with the U.S. Army Field Band following an audition this past February.
Professor Emeritus Ben Johnston has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a prestigious honor society consisting of the premier architects, artists, composers, and writers from across the country.
Kyle Shaw (MM '15, DMA '18) has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at California State University at Bakersfield, beginning in August 2018.
Former U of I student Dr. Will Porter has been appointed Assistant Professor of Trombone at Eastern Illinois University beginning in the fall of 2018.
Dr. Porter was a member of the Illinois Trombone Studio as an exchange student, and was a student of Professor Elliot Chasanov.
University of Illinois Horn Studio alum Christopher Williams has been accepted as a scholar at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic in Germany.
Professor Donald Schleicher has been appointed the new Daniel J. Perrino Chair in Music. He joined the University of Illinois faculty in 1995 and has since led the Orchestra Division and conducted the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra (UISO).