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Jordan and Vijay

Jordan Williams Performs at Vijay Iyer Masterclass

November 06, 2014

GW Music student and Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Jordan Williams, performed in a masterclass coached by world-renowned jazz pianist and composer, Vijay Iyer, at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD.

DC Vernacular Music Archive

Local Music Experts Join Prof. Kip Lornell for Launch of the DC Vernacular Music Archive

October 17, 2014

Gelman Library celebrated the opening of its new exhibit, Hear in D.C.: The DC Vernacular Music Archive, with a symposium featuring local music icons: DC Music Salon founder Marc Eisenberg, Dischord Records co-founder/Fugazi, Minor Threat, The Evens frontman Ian MacKaye, Folklore Society of Greater Washington foundinmusic.g member Andy Wallace, and folk musician and author Steven Wade, as well as Archive organizer Prof. Kip Lornell.

Professors Watson and Scarlett with Student Samuel Lee

Department Represents at 2014 IMF Meetings

October 13, 2014

As world financial leaders and executives converged on GW for the Annual Meetings of the Work Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, the Department of Music showcased their diversity and talents at several performances. Faculty and students performed on the University Yard and outside IMF Headquarters over several days.

Professor Ahlquist to Lead Session at GW’s The Sulgrave Symposium

October 09, 2014

This Friday GW is hosting The Sulgrave Sumposium, an afternoon of discussion, live music, art, and free good celebrating the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Ghent - an event that ended the War of 1812 and began long-lasting peace and friendship between the United States and Great Britain.

DCist Covers MUS 1104: D.C. in the History of Punk Music

September 26, 2014

“[M}usic can relate to other disciplines, whether it’s culture or history or politics,” explains Professor Eugene Montage in the DCist article by Toni Kerr, “Out of Step: How A GWU Professor Is School Students in D.C. Punk History.” This past summer was the first year the Department of Music taught MUS 1104: D.C. in the History of Punk Music.

Prof. Montague at Confrence

Prof. Montague Presents Research in Belgium

September 22, 2014

Eugene Montague was the co-convener for a special session on Musical Agency in Performance at the eighth European Musical Analysis Conference at the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium. Seven presenters and a respondent, representing four different countries, presented at the day-long session, which included Montague's paper "Towards a Phenomenology of Agency in Performance."

GW Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir and Troubadours Take Part in GW Remembers 9/11 Ceremony

September 12, 2014

The GW Chamber Choir and Troubadours took part in GW’s remembrance ceremony to honor those lost during 9/11, including nine GW alumni. The evening following the September 11, 2011 attacks more than 3,000 people gathered in the University Yard to honor the victims. This tradition has continued every year in the 13 years since the national tragedy.

Samuel Lee

Fall Performance Calendar Announced

September 10, 2014

The Department of Music is excited to announce its Fall Performance Calendar.

Looking for Piano Players to Join Research Study

September 09, 2014

Prof. Montuge is looking for students to join his research study, “Agency in Piano Performance.” The study investigates the phenomenology of performance through surveying practicing musicians of all abilities. Taking part means:

Department of Music Partners with NBC4’s Wednesday’s Child

July 17, 2014

The Department of Music had a special visitor this past week – Dechell, an engaging 15-year-old girl who loves the visual and performing arts.

Performance at the Kennedy Center - Photo Credit GW Today

GW Today Covers SPCMI Debut at Kennedy Center

July 15, 2014

On Thursday, July 11, the students and faculty-artists of the Summer Piano & Chamber Music Institute performed a recital of chamber music on The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.

Joan Marcus - Phantom of the Opera

Alumna Joan Marcus Receives Tony Honors for Excellence Award

June 12, 2014

GW Alumna and prestigious theatrical photographer, Joan Marcus, was a recipient of the 2014 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre, awarded this June. The Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre are awarded annually to institutions, individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in theatre, but are not eligible in any of the established Tony Award categories. Marcus has photographer almost 300 Broadway shows, as well as hundreds of Off Broadway productions across the country. She has also served as the house photographer for the Kennedy Center.

Student Jazz Combo Praised in "The Harlem Times"

May 16, 2014

Tom Sherman of The Harlem Times recently recapped the events of the Smithsonian Institute's 13th Annual Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). These events centered around the celebration of the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's album "A Love Supreme." When describing the closing concert to his readers, Sherman praised the GW student jazz ensemble performing, "The students and faculty comprising the Tuesday Night Combo lavished the audience of nearly 1,000 with delightful scatting, soothing grooves, and skillful solos."

Alumni Joe Deitrich

Washington Post Reviews: "Cantate Chamber Singers honor Britten with strong 'Curlew River'"

March 25, 2014

This past Sunday, Professor Gisèle Becker directed the Cantate Chamber Singers, with alumni Joe Deitrich ('08) (pictured below with Prof. Robert Baker) and junior Heather Gross in "Curlew River," in hour of composer Benjamin Britten's centennial -- and to a great result! Read the entire Washington Post review.

Students Named Finalists in the Washington Women in Jazz Festival

March 17, 2014

The Department would like to send a big shout-out to our own SAMANTHA LAW and CATI SESANA, for being named finalists in the Washington Women in Jazz Festival's Young Artist Showcase!

Ahlquis and Wade

Professor Ahlquist and Resident Artist Wade Participate in National Civil War Project

February 28, 2014

As part of GW’s ongoing participation in the National Civil War Project, Professor Karen Ahlquist and Resident Artist & Scholar Stephen Wade participated in An Evening Exploring American Cultural Life During the Years Before, During and After the American Civil War, an evening featuring a staged play, The Actor and the Assassin, and a facilitated discussion between Ahlquist, Wade and Professor Richard Stoff.

Our Faculty in Action

February 24, 2014

Professor Elizabeth Field was quoted in an Early Music America article about famous Rhode Island luthier, Karl Dennis. Click on title above to read more.

Steinway B

New Steinway B Delivered to Post Hall

January 27, 2014

At the end of January a new Model B Sampele mahogany grand piano was delivered to Post Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus!

Spring 2014 Performance Calendar Announced!

January 15, 2014

Camerata Recital - Featuring music from our premier vocal and instrumental students.

Professor Karen Ahlquist Named Editor of "Journal of the Society for American Music"

December 15, 2013

Department Associate Professor of Music, Karen Ahlquist was named Editor of the Journal of the Society for American Music beginning in 2014.

Dean Roy Guenther

GW Gathers to Celebrate Dean Roy Guenther's 40 Years of Service

December 10, 2013

As another semester at GW came close to an end, crowds gathered in Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre to attend Celebrating 40 Years of Service – A Roy Guenther Celebration, a concert honoring the servic

Concert at the IMF

Department Faculty and Students Entertain at IMF Meetings

October 13, 2013

As world financial leaders and executives converged on GW for the Annual Meetings of the Work Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, the Department of Music was there to entertain.

Department Alumn Shines at International Opera Competition

August 26, 2013

Department of Music alumni Zach Borichevsky was one of two third place winners of the 2013 Operalia competition.

Stephen Wade

Artist-in-Residence Stephen Wade presented with 2013 ARSC Awards for Excellence

August 15, 2013

2013 Grammy nominee Stephen Wade, an Artist and Scholar in Residence at the George Washington University, has been selected as a 2013 ARSC Awards for Excellence recipient.

Aeolus Quartet

Summer Piano & Chamber Music Institute Concert Series - Tickets on Sale Now!

July 01, 2013

GW’s Department of Music is thrilled to announce its second annual GW Summer Piano & Chamber Music Institute Concert Series.

Steiner Award

Department Students Awarded Annual Prizes

May 01, 2013

The Department of Music recognized several students for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions in the music department over the 2012-2013 academic year.

Vote NOW for the GW High5 Challenge

April 01, 2013

The GW Arts Initiative, a university-wide initiative aimed to establish GW as the venue of choice for arts and cultural education, research, and performance in DC, is part of the GW High5 challenge

Department of Music Alumni Achieving Great Success in 2013

April 01, 2013

Thomas Richards (’10)

Percussion Professor Joe Connell Featured on Fox 5 in the Morning

January 25, 2013

In preparation for National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood 2013 percussion professor, JOE CONNELL, appeared on

Department of Music Talent Shines at GW Inaugural Ball

January 22, 2013

Department of Music faculty and students entertained 5,000+ students, alumni, staff, faculty and various VIPs at GW’s Inaugural Ball on January 21, 2013.

GWI Launch

Vocal and Piano Professor Duo Wow Crowds at GW's Global Women's Institute Launch

November 30, 2012

GW Professors MALINEE PERIS (PIANO),  and MILLICENT SCARLETT (voice) performed for the launch event of GW's Global Women's Institute on GW's campus this past Tuesday.

Duke Ellington Master Class

Professors Baker, Conlon and Scarlett Teach Masterclass at Duke Ellington School of the Arts

October 15, 2012

GW Professors ROBERT BAKER (voice), FRANK CONLON (piano) and MILLICENT SCARLETT (voice) conducted a masterclass for 60 high school students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts this past Tuesda

Department of Music Looks Forward to an Exciting Fall 2012 Season

September 01, 2012

Department of Music CD Release Party
Date & Time: 28 September, 4:00 pm
Location: Philips Hall, B-120

GW Department of Music to Host International Piano Arts Council's International Piano Artists Competition

August 01, 2012

The GW Department of Music will host the Washington International Piano Arts Council (WIPAC) this August 2 – 5, 2012 as they hold

SPI 2012

GW Department of Music Concludes Inaugural Summer Piano Institute

July 25, 2012

Ten students from around the world concluded their two weeks of intense piano study this past Friday, at the GW Department of Music’s inaugural Summer Piano Institute.

Hitting the High Notes

Hitting the High Notes

May 07, 2010

Next weekend, Millicent Scarlett will take the podium in front of the U.S.

Go-go music is the soul of Washington, but it's slipping away

April 11, 2010

It was just another gig at a D.C.

The Sound of Philanthropy

The Sound of Philanthropy

April 08, 2010

From the Budokan in Tokyo, to the Bokamoso Youth Centre in South Africa, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, GW musicians have performed around the world – but it starts in Foggy Bottom.

Arts scholarship applications rise

Arts Scholarship Applications Rise

March 25, 2010

Application numbers for GW's Presidential Scholars in the Arts program increased significantly this year, jumping about 25 percent since last year.

Note from the Chair

A Note from the Chair

January 01, 2010

It is an honor and a pleasure to chair the music department as it enters its 50th anniversary year.

Legendary Pianist and Composer Dave Brubeck

Legendary Pianist and Composer Dave Brubeck to Receive Honorary Degree from George Washington University

December 07, 2009

The George Washington University President Steven Knapp announced today the selection of Dave Brubeck as recipient of an honorary degree.

What's the deal with Friday Jazz Jams

November 23, 2009

At the end of the week, the sounds of saxophones, trombones, basses, drums, and piano fill the halls of the music department. But they are not emanating from a class or a performance rehearsal.

Murder, Music and A Flower Shop

Murder, Music and A Flower Shop

October 29, 2009

Death has a way of making people laugh, dance and sing - at least, that's what will be happening in the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Music's joint production of "Little Sho

One of Washington's Busiest Violinists

January 18, 2009

George Steiner, 90, the founder of George Washington University's music department and former conductor of the Alexandria Symphony, died Dec. 29 of renal failure at Frederick Memorial Hospital.