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.
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.
University of Illinois alumni Nicole Roman has received first place at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial National Solo Competition. The competition was held in Cincinnati, Ohio at the University of Cincinnati - Conservatory of Music on March 7th and 8th.
University of Illinois alumnus Ethan Scholl (MM '16) has recently auditioned for and won a position as bass trombonist in the United States Army Ceremonial Band in Washington DC.
Cameron May, MM 2018, has been appointed to lead the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO), Washington, beginning with the 2018-19 season. In his new position, Mr. May will serve as Music Director and Conductor of the Conservatory Orchestra.
Michael Silvers, Assistant Professor of Music, and musicology graduate student Tara Hatfield have won a Humanities Without Walls grant for their project "Field to Media: Applied Musicology for a Changing Climate."
The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has awarded its annual Faculty and Graduate Student Fellowships and the Ragdale Residential Creative Fellowship.