It’s a fine time for music
Smith Fine Arts Series

It’s a fine time for music

Polk County Itemizer-Observer By Aaron Newton October 1st, 2013 MONMOUTH — The 2013-14 Western Oregon University Smith Fine Arts Series is a veritable who’s who in the world of acclaimed and celebrated musicians. Featuring the world-renowned Chamber Orchestra of the Kremlin, Grammy award-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling, esteemed Celtic fiddler Kevin Burke and venerated jazz … Continue reading

Kevin Walczyk of Western Oregon University wins major composition prize
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences / Creative Arts

Kevin Walczyk of Western Oregon University wins major composition prize

By David Stabler The Oregonian Kevin Walczyk, professor of music at Western Oregon University, has won the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize. The competition, organized by the University of Connecticut’s School of Fine Arts, promotes composers and their music. The international award comes with $25,000 and presents public performances and  recordings. Walczyk was … Continue reading

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences / Creative Arts

Monday music medicine

  Albany Democrat Herald – The Entertainer Albany’s Mondays at Monteith series has traditionally served as a relaxing respite from work-week drudgery, and as always, perennial opener the Willamette Valley Concert Band offers cultural cures for the summertime blues. The 55-musician-strong ensemble launches the 2012 season, which runs weekly through Aug. 13, with a “Music for … Continue reading

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences / Creative Arts

‘Gentleman of Jazz’ coming to Monmouth soon

Statesman Journal By Justin Much The “Gentleman of Jazz” will make his annual Monmouth visit soon. Western Oregon University and the City of Monmouth are co-hosting a free evening of jazz in Main Street Park, beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 31. The music features Mel Brown and Friends, followed by the Monterey Jazz Festival … Continue reading

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences / Creative Arts / Students

Sunday Profle: Matthew Moorehead

By Barbara Curtin Statesman Journal (link includes video) Matthew Moorehead stands in two worlds. There’s Matthew the opera singer, who has appeared not only at Western Oregon University, but at a summer festival in Rome. Then there’s Matthew the staff sergeant in the Oregon Army National Guard, veteran of two Iraq deployments, committed to the … Continue reading

Advancement / Creative Arts

World-renowned flamenco guitarist Adam Del Monte stops by Woodburn

By Lindsay Keefer Woodburn Independent WOODBURN — Students at Woodburn Arts and Communications Academy (WACA) were thrilled at the opportunity to have world-renowned flamenco guitarist Adam Del Monte perform specially for them. Del Monte, who hails from Spain but currently resides in Los Angeles, was in the area for Western Oregon University’s (WOU) Smith Fine … Continue reading