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Jonathan Bailey Holland Named Dean of the Bienen School of Music

May 31, 2023

Jonathan Bailey Holland has been named dean of the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, effective September 1.

Maria João Pires awarded 2023 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize

May 26, 2023

The Bienen School of Music has awarded Maria João Pires the $50,000 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance.

Associate Dean Machado Announces Retirement

May 24, 2023

René E. Machado, associate dean for administration, finance, and planning since 2001, will retire from the Bienen School at the conclusion of the 2022–23 academic year.

‘Spring Fanfare’ honors the breadth of all that is Northwestern

May 24, 2023

The Northwestern presidential inauguration will feature members of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble performing “Spring Fanfare,” commissioned by the University and composed by Bienen professor Alex Mincek. 

Looking Back at 10 Years of the Institute for New Music

May 19, 2023

Hans Thomalla, director of the Institute for New Music, reflects on the first 10 years of the institute's impact on the Bienen School of Music and greater Northwestern communities.

Christopher Guzman appointed Professor of Piano

May 12, 2023

Pianist Christopher Guzman has been appointed Professor of Piano in the Bienen School of Music, effective September 1, 2023.

Musicology PhD candidate named Northwestern Presidential Fellow

May 9, 2023

Paul Feller-Simmons, a musicology PhD candidate in the Bienen School of Music, has been named a Northwestern University Presidential Fellow—the most prestigious fellowship awarded to graduate students by Northwestern.

Bienen alumna, opera star Grace Bumbry (1937-2023)

May 9, 2023

Grace Bumbry ’58, one of the world’s most renowned opera singers and an alumna of the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, died May 7 at age 86.

Handel’s 'Alcina' is centerpiece of 2023 Dunbar Early Music Festival

May 1, 2023

The Bienen School of Music showcases the music of George Frideric Handel with its latest Evelyn Dunbar Memorial Early Music Festival May 21-28. 

Bienen pianist selected for Ensemble Connect

April 24, 2023

Chelsea Wang, a doctoral piano student at the Bienen School of Music, has been chosen as a member of the prestigious Ensemble Connect.

Lidiya Yankovskaya to address Bienen School Class of 2023

April 14, 2023

Maestra Lidiya Yankovskaya will present the Bienen School of Music’s convocation address on Sunday, June 11, 2023.

Two Bienen students awarded 2023 Luminarts Fellowships

March 29, 2023

Master’s horn student Momoko Hasselbring Seko and doctoral piano student Wenting Shi have been named 2023 Fellows in Classical Music by the Luminarts Cultural Foundation.


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