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Whitman Wire

Vol. CLIV, Issue 10
Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

Whitman’s Jazz Ensemble takes audience on musical journey in fall recital

Charlie Hunter, Campus Life Reporter November 17, 2022

Do you like jazz? The Whitman College Department of Music held their jazz concert on Nov. 12 in Chism Hall. Doors opened at 6:30 p.m. for students, friends and faculty who braved the cold and took their...

Photo by Jake Lee.

Whitman Orchestra opens on a high note

Bhavesh Gulrajani, Campus Life Reporter November 10, 2022

The orchestra opened their fall season on Nov. 1 with an evening concert in Cordiner Hall. Associate Professor of Music Paul Luongo conducted his musicians, swinging his svelte baton for an hour. The ensemble...

Hansel and Gretel opera soars with the Whitman music department

“Hansel and Gretel” opera soars with the Whitman music department

Diana Issa, Campus Life Reporter February 10, 2022

On Friday, Feb. 4, the college's music department presented their brand new opera workshop, “Hansel And Gretel.” The show was cancelled last semester due to COVID-19, but now in the beginning of the...

Musicians, artists, poets collaborate for Spring Concert

Daniel Kim May 7, 2015

On Saturday, May 9 at the Chism Recital Hall, the Whitman College Department of Music will present the Whitman Orchestra Spring Concert under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Paul Luongo.  The...

Love unites choirs

Daniel Kim April 23, 2015

On Saturday, April 25 in the Chism Recital Hall, the Whitman College Department of Music will present the Whitman Chorale and Chamber Singers under the direction of Visiting Assistant Professor of Music...

Katherine Lee.  Photos by Faith Bernstein.

Katherine Lee

Mallory Martin February 27, 2013
This week, The Pioneer sat down with violinist Katherine Lee. A junior English/music double major who hails from Honolulu, Hawaii, Lee spends most of her time adjusting to the cold, practicing her violin, learning piano and helping out Professor Sharon Alker as a Writing Fellow for the Encounters program. Lee's recital will be Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Chism Auditorium.
The two musicians, Aaron Stern 16 and Jessica Shatkin 15 practice for the Composers Concert.  Photos by Susie Krikava.

Upcoming Concert Highlights Student Composers’ Work

Jacqueline Rees-Mikula February 21, 2013
Music composed by students on Whitman Campus featured at Friday's Composers Concert

Piano Professor’s Departure Upsets Music Students

Sarah Cornett November 15, 2012
In the past three years, the Whitman music department has undergone monumental shifts in its faculty, both tenure-track and temporary. After a recent decision to not rehire highly esteemed piano specialist Melissa Loehnig, some music students are questioning the policies of the administration and the nature of the tenure track at Whitman.

Fine arts departments welcome new professors

Mallory Martin September 13, 2012

The performing arts around campus just got a facelift with three new professors joining the Whitman team. Coming to us from around the country and the world, these gentlemen will have plenty to contribute...

Illustration: Erika Zinser

Music department hiring decisions, curriculum shifts concern students

Emily Lin-Jones May 3, 2012
A series of end-of-year curriculum changes and hiring decisions in the music department have left many music students feeling like they don't have a voice in the future direction of the department.The academic year may be winding down, but some end-of-year hiring decisions and curriculum changes in Whitman’s music department have still managed to cause a stir among students.

Senior music majors prepare for recitals

Alex Hagen April 19, 2012
For Whitman’s senior music majors, the end of the year brings senior recitals—their last chance to perform for the Whitman community and watch their peers show off what they can do. Beginning Sunday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m., the seniors’ performances reflect not only their current talents and skills, but also their growth and progress from the beginning of their music studies at Whitman.

Adjunct music instructors work long hours for low pay, uncertain benefits

Rachel Alexander March 11, 2012
Laura Curtis has been teaching piano at Whitman since 1997. She holds a master’s degree in music, instructs around 35 students per semester and is often busy from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with lessons, rehearsals, practicing and accompanying. For this, Curtis can expect to earn a little more than $20,000 per year from Whitman. Curtis is one of Whitman’s music teaching assistants: instructors who are hired on a per-semester or per-year contract basis to teach private lessons. Currently, students pay $300 per semester per credit of instruction, with one credit equal to a half-hour private lesson per week over the course of the semester. Music assistants receive $264 per credit they teach. The remainder of the fee covers employer related payroll costs such as social security, Medicare and worker’s compensation. An instructor with teaching 40 half-hour lessons is considered to be employed full-time by the college, and would earn a salary of $21,120 before taxes.
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