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World premiere by Christopher Cerrone captures messages of loss and hope

April 12, 2022

After a two-year postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, composer Christopher Cerrone’s work for choir and orchestra, “The Last Message Received,” will see its world premiere at the Bienen School of Music on Saturday, April 30.

Jennifer Blackwell joins music education faculty

April 6, 2022

Jennifer Blackwell has been appointed assistant professor of music education at the Bienen School of Music, effective September 1, 2022.

Bienen ensembles perform works by Nemmers Prize winner William Bolcom

April 5, 2022

This April, the Bienen School of Music will feature three performances of works by William Bolcom, the 2021 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition winner.

Bienen saxophone quartet advances to Fischoff Competition

April 1, 2022

Conflux Quartet—an ensemble of Bienen School of Music master’s students—has been invited to the 49th Annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Steven Banks awarded Avery Fisher Career Grant

March 23, 2022

Bienen School of Music alumnus Steven Banks ’17 MMus has been awarded a $25,000 Avery Fisher Career Grant. He is the first saxophonist in history to receive this honor.

Dunbar Early Music Festival Explores Bach

March 22, 2022

The 2022 Evelyn Dunbar Memorial Early Music Festival followed the compositional road to Johann Sebastian Bach.

Clarinetists Stephen Williamson and Todd Levy to join Bienen faculty

March 21, 2022

Stephen Williamson, principal clarinet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Todd Levy, principal clarinet of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, will join the Bienen School of Music faculty as lecturers beginning September 2022.

Two Bienen students awarded 2022 Luminarts Fellowships

March 18, 2022

Doctoral students Joseph Connor ’19 MMus (saxophone) and Qi Kong (piano) have been named 2022 Fellows in Classical Music by the Luminarts Cultural Foundation.

Bienen cellists to compete in 2022 Queen Elisabeth Competition

March 8, 2022

Four cellists from the Bienen School have been invited to participate in the second edition of the Queen Elisabeth Cello Competition this May in Brussels, Belgium.

David Bilger appointed Bienen School Professor of Trumpet

February 28, 2022

David Bilger has been appointed professor of trumpet at the Bienen School of Music, effective September 1, 2022.

Galvin Cello Quartet advances in Victor Elmaleh Competition

February 25, 2022

The Bienen School’s Galvin Cello Quartet has advanced to the semi-finals of the Concert Artists Guild’s 2022 Victor Elmaleh Competition.

Bienen School presents Midwest premiere of Jake Heggie opera Feb. 24-27

February 2, 2022

American composer Jake Heggie’s Faustian opera “If I Were You” will make its Midwest debut in Northwestern University Opera Theater’s Feb. 24-27 production at Cahn Auditorium.

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