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Fridays at Four: Roger McVey and the art of “Transformations”

Rohan Press, A&E Reporter

October 9, 2019

The piece was Gustave le Gray. Roger McVey sways at the piano, and the music sways with him. His delicate phrasings create a series of impressions that coalesce, physicalize, then fade away. The theme and title of this week’s Friday at Four recital series — organized and hosted by Professor Ja...

Adastra Piano Trio Tackles Ambitious, High-Level Works

Adastra Piano Trio Tackles Ambitious, High-Level Works

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

March 30, 2017

Driving melodies and intricate harmonics filled Chism Hall on Wed. March 8, as the Adastra Piano Trio performed Maurice Ravel’s famous composition, the “Ravel Piano Trio,” a powerful and technically complex work they had worked intensely to master. The Trio, whose name is a combination of the...

Artist Spotlight: Robby Brothers, student cellist

Artist Spotlight: Robby Brothers, student cellist

Michelle Foster, Staff Writer

February 16, 2017

One need not be a music major to love music, as senior Robby Brothers shows. Brothers, a geology major, is active in Whitman’s music department and considers music an important part of his life. He plays the cello along with the piano and mandola, and is currently working on composing an album. The...

Senior Piano Recitals to Showcase Musical Mastery

Senior Piano Recitals to Showcase Musical Mastery

Emma Dahl

May 8, 2014

As the end of the school year draws nearer, Whitman seniors are wrapping up theses, projects and their time at Whitman. For many music majors, this means senior recitals, featuring themselves playing their primary instrument. Two music majors, seniors Kaity McCraw, who is also majoring in religion, and Andrés Crane, who is also majoring in BBMB, both have upcoming senior ...

Music Majors Commit In and Out of the Classroom

Serena Runyan

October 3, 2013

At almost any given time, a group of music majors can be found talking in the Hall of Music hallway or slaving over homework in the music library. From striking up conversations about theory, to performing, to composing quintets at 3 a.m., all of these students have a commitment to the music department...

David Kim: From Chemicals to Melodies

David Kim: From Chemicals to Melodies

James Kennedy

September 19, 2013

You know that person - perhaps you are that person - who sets their mind to a certain career, and then, at the last second, they completely jump ship. Such was the case with incoming Music Professor David Kim, who studied chemistry before finding a passion at the keys of the piano. "Everyone in my...

The Musician-Athlete

Sarah Debs

November 29, 2012

Musician-athletes are few and far between. The dedication, practice time and focus demanded of musician-athletes is incredibly high both in the practice room and on the field. While music and sports are seemingly separate activities, there is overlap in mental preparation and self-discipline. Whitman student musician-athletes senior Katri Gilbert and sophomore Cheney Doane balance ...

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...

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