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Orfeo Goes Remote

September 17, 2020

When the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the Bienen School’s spring opera production, director of opera Joachim Schamberger reconceived Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo as an online project —an experimental opera film, Orfeo Remote.

Bienen School effort leads to Zoom upgrades

September 14, 2020

A joint effort by the Bienen School of Music and its technology colleagues at the Yale School of Music and other peer institutions has resulted in upgrades to Zoom that will greatly benefit online music instruction.

Alumnus Richard Narroway wins Freedman Classical Prize

September 11, 2020

Cellist Richard Narroway ‘13 was named winner of the Music Trust's 2020 Freedman Classical Fellowship. The prestigious $20,000 award is offered to an exceptional instrumentalist annually. 

Bienen School Represented at NATS Virtual Conference

August 20, 2020

Bienen School voice and opera faculty, students, and alumni played important roles in the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s 2020 National Virtual Conference in June.

William Porter (1932-2020)

August 19, 2020

William V. Porter, professor emeritus of musicology, died Tuesday, August 18, at age 87.

Music schools sing a new tune for teaching during a pandemic

August 14, 2020

Gifted young musicians from around the world converge in the Chicago area each fall for the same reason: to study at one of the widely revered music schools.

Educators try to create meaningful, in-person arts education during COVID-19

August 13, 2020

It’s not just numbers of students that is an issue during COVID-19, but also what arts education entails, said Donald Nally, director of choral organizations at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music.

Faculty artists release new works on page and stage this summer

July 13, 2020

Northwestern’s accomplished arts faculty will make a mark globally this season with published research, new books, a traveling art exhibition and an opera exploring teens and mental health set to premiere in Germany.

A Message from the Director of Concert Management

June 3, 2020

Director of Concert Management Jerry Tietz shares the following message regarding the status of upcoming Bienen School concerts.

A Statement from Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery

June 2, 2020

The Bienen School of Music stands in solidarity with our Black students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and the entire Black community.

Two Bienen ensembles compete in virtual Fischoff

May 12, 2020

Two student chamber ensembles from the Bienen School of Music – Fuse Quartet and Trio Noré – advanced in the 47th Annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, which moved to an online format for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tackling chamber music’s ‘naughty bits’ in the time of COVID-19

April 22, 2020

Chamber music students will advance their proficiency with infamous solo passages under the Spring Quarter teaching model developed by Bienen School’s String Chamber Program Coordinator Desirée Ruhstrat.


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