CWUNews FeedNews Feed Celtic Musician Núñez to Take the Stage at CWU October 11, 06 Oct 2015 07:45:42<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Internationally acclaimed musician Carlos Núñez is the troubadour of Galicia, ancient land of the Spanish Celts. Few musicians pack the energy, virtuosity, imagination, daring, and charisma into their concerts and recordings as Núñez. You’ll have the rare opportunity to hear his dazzling musicianship on October 11 at Central Washington University.</p><p>A two-time Grammy nominee, Núñez is the world’s most famous player of the <em>gaita</em>, the Galician bagpipes. In addition to the gaita, Núñez&nbsp;plays an amazing array of instruments including <em>ocarina</em>, assorted whistles, Scottish highland pipes, <em>uilleann</em> (Irish) pipes, <em>bombarde</em> (a kind of Breton oboe), <em>biniou koz</em> (Breton bagpipes), and pastoral pipes (18th-century precursor of the uilleann pipes).</p><p>Núñez will perform at 1:00 p.m., October 11, in the Music Building Concert Hall. He will perform with the CWU Symphony Orchestra, and with students of the Orchestra Leadership Workshop. Tickets are available online at, or at the door. Ticket prices are $12 for general admission and $7 students and seniors.</p><p>On the program will be works by Rachmaninov and Wagner performed by the CWU Symphony Orchestra and students of the Orchestra Leadership Workshop. The groups will then collaborate with Núñez on various works inspired by Galician traditions of ethereal Celtic music, including “Muiñeira de Sarasate,” “Mar Adentro,” and “Galician Overture.”</p><p>The concert is co-sponsored by the Kingdom of Spain and arranged by the courtesy of the honorary consul for Spain in Washington and Oregon, Luis Fernando Esteban.</p><p>Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in specially designated spaces (handicapped, loading) and in residence hall lots.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>CWU Band Camp Is More than Music, 30 Sep 2015 10:25:02<p>Band camps are a fairly new tradition at Central Washington University. Initiated by music department chair Todd Shiver, they bring together the best young musicians in the region for a intense week of instruction, practice, and performance. For many, the lessons learned last long after the summer is over.</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p>Premier Electric Violinist, Christian Howes Inspires and Motivates Music Education at Central Washington University, 28 Sep 2015 10:27:53<p>On October 15, 2015, one of the world’s most acclaimed jazz violinists, Christian Howes, will be traveling to CWU to introduce string, jazz and orchestra students to a blend of contemporary music, modern technology, and improvisation.<br><br>While most classically trained violinists may excel at Mozart and Bach, few venture off the written page to explore their instruments through other facets such as jazz, rock or improvisation. “String instruments are usually associated with classical music,” said Howes, “but many string players are now developing original, contemporary styles, allowing us to express ourselves in current, culturally relevant ways.”<br><br>Following his clinic, Howes will give a concert on Friday, October 16, at 7 p.m., showcasing his edgy and unexpected take on the violin that combines rock, Americana, neo-soul, classical, and modern jazz.&nbsp; Tickets prices are $12 general admission, $7 seniors, children, and CWU Students with ID.&nbsp; They can be purchased in advance,, or at the door.&nbsp; This event will take place in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall.<br><br>While Howes is invited to perform around the world regularly, he has always remained committed to education and community outreach. “I try to cultivate an appreciation for the violin and support for music education wherever I go.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>As an educator, performer, and composer at the intersection of classical music, jazz, and the participatory culture, Christian Howes is widely regarded as a thought leader. In August 2011, Christian was nominated for the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Violinist Of The Year”. In 2012, he was voted among the top three violinists in JazzTimes’ “Expanded Critics Poll“. Howes toured Ukraine in June 2014 at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy as a cultural ambassador. Howes has also been named the Keynote Performer and Clinician at the 2015 American String Teachers Association national conference.</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>Musica Antiqua Series Begins at CWU, 28 Sep 2015 09:58:55<p>The CWU Department of Music presents the first of this year’s Musica Antiqua concerts in the McIntyre Music Building Recital Hall, on Friday, October 30 at 7 PM. According to Director Margret Gries, "In every early music program we try to tell a story or make point about a particular group of composers. For this program, we have been exploring the music of musicians who were literally 'on the run,' those escaping irate husbands whose wives had been seduced by our composers and those escaping an oppressive political regime. We research, devise and plan these programs for maximum musical and historical interest." Participants include CWU faculty members, alumni and guest artists.&nbsp; The program is free and open to the public.</p>CWU Jazz Band I closes out Jazz in the Valley, 28 Jul 2015 08:15:06<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 448px; height: 300px;"></p><p><a href="">Jazz in the Valley</a> closed out Sunday with <a href="" target="_blank">CWU Jazz Band I</a>, the first time a student-only band has played the final concert at the festival.</p><p>Band director Chris Bruya said he was elated the show was successful and the students had a great experience.</p><p>“They’ve been really excited about doing this gig,” Bruya said.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>Photo by Julia&nbsp;Martinez/Daily Record</p>CWU Musicians Shine at 2015 Jazz in the Valley, 21 Jul 2015 15:50:37<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 242px; height: 300px; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px; float: left;">With a powerhouse like CWU’s department of music in your backyard, you’re bound to see more than a few Wildcats at Jazz in the Valley, Ellensburg’s signature summer festival. This year is especially rich in homegrown talent, with a great mix of old and new groups lighting up the stage.</p><p>First there is the ten-year reunion of the CWU 2005 Jazz Band, which made an international splash with performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. These players have returned to Ellensburg to explore musical directions they have developed in the past decade.</p><p>“When we were playing in Switzerland, one of the musicians said we should get together in 10 years,” recounted Chris Bruya, director of jazz studies. “So, this year, I called up my former student and said ‘Let’s do it!’”</p><p>According to Bruya, all but five of the original band members will make the festival—“Four couldn’t make their schedules work, and one member has passed away.”<br><br>Since all of the band members have continued to pursue musical careers, either in performance or education, Bruya expects that the band will be even better this time around. The players have had the music for several weeks, and the group will get together for a full rehearsal on Friday. On Saturday, the CWU 2005—European Reunion Jazz Band will get the show going at 10:30 a.m., on the Main Stage, Rotary Pavilion.</p><p>On the other end of the spectrum are up-and-coming student musicians in Hot Minute, a jazz quintet formed in fall 2013 through the jazz combo program at Central. The group plays a variety of styles from traditional to modern jazz, to funk, and everything in between. Recently, Hot Minute has played venues such as Boxley’s, a jazz club in North Bend, the Cantando Band Festival in Whistler, as well as other clubs in the greater Seattle area. Hot Minute will play from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on July 25 at Fitterer’s Furniture.</p><p>Pulling out all stops at the festival’s finale is CWU’s <a href="">2015 Jazz Band One</a>, also led by Bruya. The group tore apart the competition at the Next Generation Jazz Festival, and won the opportunity of appearing at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September. Chosen as one of six finalists in the College Big Band Division, they were clear winners in their category over schools such as University of Nevada, Las Vegas; the University of North Florida, and the University of South California.<br><br>Jazz Band One will be the closing act of the 2015 JIV at 2:30 p.m. on July 26, on the Rotary Pavilion Main Stage.</p><p>Jazz in the Valley is a three-day celebration of music and the arts in historic downtown Ellensburg that occurs on the last weekend in July. This year the festival runs from July 24-25. For more information, go to</p><p><em>CWU’s Department of Music is one of the largest and best university music departments in the Northwest. It is housed in the McIntyre Music Building, which offers concert-grade rehearsal and performance facilities. The music faculty are actively involved in their profession and are recognized as the region’s top music educators and conductors. The department offers a variety of degrees in music, including performance, music education, and composition. The department also has an acclaimed graduate program. For more information, go to;</em></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>2015 Poster Art by Cheryl Waale</p></br></br></br></br>CWU director of bands retires, 15 Jul 2015 07:45:11<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 448px; height: 250px;"></p><p>After 34 years with the Central Washington University Music Department, Larry Gookin is leaving a program at the top of its game.</p><p>CWU holds the pre-eminent role in preparing music teachers in this state and region. Its student musicians have received national recognition. One could assume that Gookin, who ended his 34-year tenure as the CWU’s director of bands in June, had been consumed with a drive to teach at the university level.</p><p>“Not really,” Gookin said. “I was perfectly content to teach high school band in Oregon.”</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.<br>&nbsp;</p></br>Pulling Strings: Kairos Quartet Lyceum Begins July 16, 13 Jul 2015 08:19:27<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 320px;"></p><p>“Chamber music is a conversation between friends,” said famed biographer Catherine Drinker Bowen. This week, music students from all over the Pacific Northwest will converge upon Central Washington University to attend the annual Kairos Lyceum, a ten-day, residential, chamber music institute for dedicated high school and college-aged string players and pianists. The Lyceum begins on July 16.</p><p>Hosted by the Kairos String Quartet, CWU’s resident ensemble, the Lyceum has provided an intimate and inspirational chamber music experience for 11 years. This year, the quartet and visiting guest artists will mentor 26 students in six chamber ensembles as they engage with challenging and rewarding masterworks of the string quartet repertoire.</p><p>Lyceum organizers like to challenge their students with more than just Bach and Brahms. This year, Andy Piacsek, CWU physics chair and professor, will present the workshop, the Physics of Musical Sound. Chris Bruya, director of jazz studies, will take the young classical musicians out of their comfort zone by asking them to spontaneously create music in an improvisational workshop. Tor Blaisdell will further expand the students’ stage presence and awareness with an acting workshop for all participants.</p><p>The Lyceum incorporates live performance as part of the curriculum, with a series of concerts and recitals. All events are free and open to the public.</p><p>‘We will present a faculty concert at 7:00 p.m., July 18, in the McIntyre Music Building Recital Hall,” said Timothy Betts, Lyceum coordinator and Kairos violist. “The concert will feature movements of Tchaikovsky's exciting Souvenir de Florence for string sextet and a Brahms Quartet for Piano and Strings. Martin Kennedy, pianist, and director of theory and composition, will join the quartet for this piece.”</p><p>In addition, the Lyceum will feature the artistry of Victor Toral, classical guitarist and professor at the Salzburg Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria, at the international guest artist recital on 7:00 p.m., July 21 in the Music Building Recital Hall.</p><p>The Lyceum’s young artists will perform short chamber music selections at noon on July 22 at the Hal Holmes Center, in downtown Ellensburg.</p><p>There will be a concert on Friday, July 24, and Nikolas Caoile, CWU’s Director of Orchestras, will lead the Lyceum Chamber Orchestra. The Kairos Quartet will close the program with Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, op. 130. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Building Concert Hall</p><p>The Lyceum finale concert will be held at 2:00 p.m. on July 25 in the Music Building Recital Hall.</p><p><br>About the Kairos Quartet<br>Comprised of violinists Carrie Rehkopf and Denise Dillenbeck, violist Tim Betts and cellist John Michel, the Kairos String Quartet is recognized as one of the premier chamber ensembles in the Pacific Northwest. The quartet holds an endowed residency at Central Washington University where all four members also teach. The ensemble maintains a busy schedule, regularly touring and performing throughout the region and making national/international appearances. The quartet is well known for its commitment to education and community service, conducting clinics and making dozens of appearances at schools, youth symphonies, community centers, retirement communities, and institutions of higher education each year. “Kairos” is the Greek word for non-chronological time: those special moments experienced by children at play, reunited friends, or artists absorbed in their work. The Quartet hopes to create many such moments.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>CWU's Blaisdell Directs Valley Musical Theatre's "Bye, Bye Birdie", 10 Jul 2015 07:43:12<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 477px; height: 300px;"></p><p>Laughter and music will fill the Liberty Theatre during opening night on Friday as the Valley Musical Theatre performs the musical comedy <em>Bye Bye Birdie</em>.</p><p>The musical is directed by Gayla Blaisdell, an associate professor of voice and opera at Central Washington University, and produced by Valley Musical Theatre executive director Tor Blaisdell, who also plays Mr. McAfee in the show.</p><p>Director Gayla Blaisdell said the cast features actors of all ages.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p><p><em>Photo by Brian Myrick/Daily Record</em></p>Roditeleva-Wibe Honored as a 2015 Distinguished Professor, 28 May 2015 11:09:18<p><img alt="" src="/music/sites/" style="width: 201px; height: 250px; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The designation of Distinguished Professor is the highest award attainable at Central Washington University and represents the highest level of performance. Each year, nominations are sought in four categories—teaching, service, and research/creative expression for tenured professors, and a non-tenure track distinguished faculty award for teaching. Maria </span>Roditeleva-Wibe<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, music, was selected as the Distinguished Professor for teaching, non-tenure track faculty.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Roditeleva-Wibe, is currently a senior lecturer in the Music Department at CWU, specializing in music history, music theory, and world music.</p><p>“Since coming to Central she has distinguished herself as a brilliant, knowledgeable, versatile, and innovative teacher,” noted her colleagues. She brings an immense store of knowledge to the classroom and brings it alive for her students in a variety of courses. Her teaching approach is inclusive and interdisciplinary, and designs music courses that incorporate historic context and cultural insights, and delve into diverse disciplines such as anthropology, sociology and religious studies. Using a variety of teaching methods, Roditeleva-Wibe creates a classroom environment in which students from diverse backgrounds and with different learning skills can all increase their knowledge. A noted pianist, she commemorated the opening of the new McIntyre Music building in 2004 by playing Franz Liszt’s Transcendental Etude in F minor No. 10, the first public performance held in CWU’s new Concert Hall.</p><p>Distinguished professors will be recognized at the Honors Convocation on June 12.</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">