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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 Spring Concert will be divided into two sections. The first section will exhibit the winner ...

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 Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey.  The Chorale and Chamber Singers spent all semester practicing and rehearsing...

Katherine Lee

Katherine Lee.  Photos by Faith Bernstein.

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. ...

Upcoming Concert Highlights Student Composers’ Work

The two musicians, Aaron Stern '16 and Jessica Shatkin '15 practice for the Composers Concert.  Photos by Susie Krikava.

Jacqueline Rees-Mikula

February 21, 2013

Many Whitman students dedicate hours to practicing and performing music. There are some students, however, who work to find their passion behind the scenes composing music. These burgeoning composers spend a semester perfecting their works of art in anticipation of premiering them to the public. This...

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...

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 to the campus. Alumnus Jimmy Maize '02, recipient of the Pete Reid Award for Young Alumni in...

Music department hiring decisions, curriculum shifts concern students

Illustration: Erika Zinser

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. Whitman Orchestra members were perplexed by the decision not to rehire Visiting Assistant Professor of Musi...

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., with the recital of senior cellist Carrie Sloane, and ending with the...

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 pe...

Musical Whitties find fresh avenues for expression through Walla Walla Symphony

Mallory Martin

March 1, 2012

Whitman College is known for providing opportunities and outlets that both fulfill and push its students' passions beyond the boundaries of the college itself. One such opportunity can be found in the Walla Walla Symphony, marketed as the "oldest continuously operating symphony west of the Mississip...

Nakatani drums Chism Hall into delighted fervor

Mallory Martin

October 27, 2011

Contemporary improv drummer Tatsuya Nakatani has traveled the world performing his unique style of percussion. On Monday, Oct. 17, he visited Whitman's Chism Auditorium to play for a small crowd. Over the years, Nakatani has created a musical technique all his own. Using his own design of specially...

Music Program undergoes large-scale changes

William Witwer

March 29, 2011

Following this year's upcoming final performances, Whitman College's music department will undergo several major changes. In the past two years, four tenured professors have retired, are set to retire or have left for another job. Combined with last year's shift to a 3-2 teaching load, the department...

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