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Graduate teaching assistant Vinay Thomas leads the University Singers

Reflecting on Indian Orthodox Christian Music Traditions

Graduate teaching assistant Vinay Thomas will be conducting the upcoming University Singers Broadcast Performance (https://z.umn.edu/6von) airing Saturday, May 8 at 7:30 pm. The performance will feature music from Orthodox liturgical tradition in a reflective program. We spoke with Thomas about the program repertoire, including the two pieces he arranged, as well as his experience conducting during COVID-19. 

A Message to the School of Music Community from Director Michael Kim Regarding the...

As you all know, Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second and third degree murder and manslaughter yesterday. It was painful for us all to relive the horror of Mr. George Floyd’s murder throughout the course of the trial—and acutely so for the BIPOC members of our community. These verdicts do little to ease the indescribable loss for George Floyd’s family and for our black community. The all too familiar pattern of violence and tragedy that our black community experiences at the hands of police continues unabated; tomorrow the family of Daunte Wright, the young Black father who was brutally shot by an officer during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center last week, will lay him to rest.
 Lydia Artymiw and David Grayson

Celebrating the Careers of Professors Emeriti Lydia Artymiw and David Grayson

After thirty-one years of inspiring teaching and mentorship at the UMN School of Music (SOM), husband-and-wife professors David Grayson (Emeritus Professor of Musicology) and Lydia Artymiw (Emerita Distinguished McKnight Professor of Piano) retired in May 2020. Their influence is too great to quantify, and they will be dearly missed.

Message in Support of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Students,...

Dear Members of the School of Music community, I am yet again left horrified and speechless, this time at the senseless shooting and murder of eight victims in Atlanta, six of them Asian females. The unspeakable tragedy that occurred in Atlanta is simply unfathomable, and I condemn this despicable act as well as the rising tide of violence and harassment against Asians and Asian Americans preceding it in the strongest possible terms.
Dean Sorenson Conducting Jazz Ensemble I

Inside the 2021 Virtual Jazz Festival

The University of Minnesota Jazz Festival is an annual opportunity for area high school band students to experience learning from and performing with School of Music and professional musicians. When the festival moved to virtual this year, Director Dean Sorenson’s main goal was to provide a similar clinic to provide resources for high school bands that are going through a uniquely challenging time period. He made sure to build in plenty of time for student listening and learning, and provided special opportunities for interacting with professional musicians.  

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