On January 5, 2017, the NPR show Performance Today celebrated the 30th Anniversary of it’s initial broadcast. To mark this milestone date in the program’s history they broadcast a conversation between current host, Fred Child, producer Wes Horner and PT Theme composer Jim Pugh. Prof.
Connor Frederick (BM Jazz Trombone, Class of 2018) has been named a finalist for the 2017 National Solo Jazz Trombone competition. This competition is held annually at the American Trombone Workshop, sponsored by the US Army “Pershing’s Own” Band.
Graduate composer Dennis Reyes was awarded honorable mention at the Viseu Rural 2.0 International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art. Dennis’ electroacoustic piece, Superposition Phenomenon,
Pianist Lishan Xue, doctoral student of Prof. William Heiles, has won first prize in her age division in the 2016 Los Angeles International Piano Competition.
Ronald Romm, Professor of Trumpet, has been invited to serve as an adjudicator at the Moscow Conservatory's 8th International Competition.
Diego Celi completed his doctorate in the spring and upon his return to Quito, he was appointed Dean of the College of Music at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. His Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies was accompanied by cognates in classical and jazz composition.