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Associate Professor of Dance Brad Garner and his non-profit organization "Integrated Arts" has won a $75,000 Creative Heights Award from the Oregon Community Foundation to produce and tour a new work based on the life of legendary inventor and engineer Nikola Tesla. The work, which is entitled "Tesla: Light, Sound, Color," aims to creatively merge artistic disciplines with physics. The premiere performance is scheduled for Fall 2017 at the Soreng Theatre in the Hult Center.

When Eugene Opera couldn't find a male treble to sing the role of Miles in Britten’s "The Turn of the Screw," they asked SOMD senior Carolyn Quick, a soprano, to take the part. It turned out to be an inspired casting decision.

Former faculty member and Emeritus, Bassoonist Peter Bergquist, who taught Bassoon, Music History, Theory from 1964-1995, then for a year, 1998-1999 has passed away. According to his obituary, published in Eugene Register-Guard on July 3, 2016 he died quietly on Saturday morning, June 11. 

The UO School of Music and Dance is Gaining Momentum on the International Stage. Low Brass and Music Technology Students have won some big awards recently
After decades of silence, a University of Oregon student, Charles Demonnin, is bringing music back to Portland’s Jefferson High School by reviving the “Sounds of Jefferson” jazz-funk ensemble.

Last fall, fifteen UO music students studied abroad for three months in Vienna, Austria. Violinist Professor Gearhart created the program to give music students the opportunity to experience Vienna, the birthplace of classical music, as the music core sequences often make it difficult for music majors to study abroad.

Rodney Dorsey is the Associate Professor of Conducting and Director of Bands and the Oregon Wind Ensemble. He shares his amazement on how students create music that can have an affect on an audience. Bryn Hlava, a dance major, explains the wonderful relationship between music and dance and its positive role in her education as a dancer.

 
April 21, 2016—The University of Oregon is pleased to welcome the famed producer and composer Guy Sigsworth for May 4-8 residency on the UO campus. The UO School of Music and Dance has named Sigsworth a 2016 Robert M.
 
April 21, 2016—Eric Mentzel, associate professor of voice at the University of Oregon, has been awarded a grant by the prestigious DAAD (Deustcher Akademischer Austauschdienst, or German Academic Exchange Service) to support teaching this term in Germany.
 
Mentzel is currently a guest professor at the Staatliche Hochschule
April 5, 2016—Robert Kyr, head of the composition area of the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, has been awarded one of the top prizes in the country in the field of music composition.