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BYU’s Synthesis Performs at Legendary Jack Rudin Jazz Championship

July 07, 2022 12:00 PM
BYU's Jazz Ensemble Won Several Awards at the Exclusive Invitation-Only Competition
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Organ Performance Grad Amber Dahlberg Seeks to Serve Through Music

April 21, 2022 12:26 PM
Over the past four years, associate university carillonneur Amber Dahlberg has enjoyed what she calls “the best view” of BYU. From the carillon inside the top of the bell tower, the BYU student has performed hundreds of the university’s traditional 30-minute noon recitals, providing an inspiring campus soundtrack for students, staff and visitors going about their business.
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BYU Philharmonic Season Finale Honors First Piece Played in de Jong Concert Hall

April 07, 2022 02:01 PM
The BYU Philharmonic closes out its season with the piece that first opened the de Jong Concert Hall
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Piano Professors Promote Diversity and Inclusivity Through Music at Untold Stories Competition

March 22, 2022 01:58 PM
Piano professors and student winners of the Untold Stories piano competition reflect on the event’s impact
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Music Professors Promote Connection and Community with "Stories of Our Time" Concert

February 23, 2022 12:55 PM
Professors Jihea Hong-Park and Steven Ricks worked together to help their students find their musical voices to respond to current issues through a concert of new piano compositions
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Desert Music: Tangents Percussion Quartet Films “Living Room Music” in Little Sahara

December 07, 2021 12:00 AM
The percussion group reflects on their experiences and growth in producing the music video
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The Westerlies Mentor Students on Music Composition and Creativity

December 02, 2021 12:00 AM
The Westerlies shared their insights and strategy on improv and music composition, inspiring students to delve into their own creative process
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BBC Radio Features Music Professor’s Trio Hat Trick on Composer of the Week Program

November 11, 2021 12:00 AM
Clayton’s group Hat Trick first recorded Sofia Gubaidulina’s piece “Garden of Joys and Sorrows” in 2014
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From NYC to Provo - The 5 Browns Share Music and Insights for Piano Performers

October 25, 2021 12:00 AM
BYU’s piano students had the privilege of playing for The 5 Browns and hear their personalized advice
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Student-Produced Album “Shadows of the Dawn” Promotes Gospel Message of Light Amid Dark Times

October 22, 2021 12:00 AM
The group hopes their album will inspire listeners with a message of hope and love from the Savior
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BYU Opera Presents “Zémire et Azor,” a New Spin on Beauty and the Beast

October 12, 2021 12:00 AM
This steampunk reworking of the classic French fairytale is sure to enchant audiences young and old
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Music Professor’s Group CAN–AM Trio Wins Grant From Canada Council for the Arts

September 02, 2021 12:00 AM
Professor Giovannetti and her oboe and English horn group are honored for recognition from the Canada Council of the Arts
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Give Children a Musical Experience with the Young Musicians Academy

August 11, 2021 12:00 AM
The YMA is excited to offer both virtual and in-person sessions for tots ages 2–6
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Singing Through a Pandemic: New BYU Combined Choirs Album Promotes Faith and Hope

August 09, 2021 12:00 AM
The album will include songs performed by the BYU Singers, Men’s Chorus, Concert Choir and Women’s Chorus
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BYU Singers Let Their Love of Music Be Heard in International Choral Competition

June 11, 2021 12:00 AM
As the only choir from the United States competing in this virtual international competition, the BYU Singers are honored to have taken first place This last year of masking up and social distancing has not been easy on anyone. For BYU Singers, it meant no more live performances, let alone national tours or competitions abroad. But the pandemic hasn’t barred the group from musical performance altogether. This year, BYU Singers were invited to participate in the International Youth Choir Festival “Aegis Carminis” (IYCF “Aegis Carminis”), a choral competition that takes place annually in Koper, Slovenia. Choirs from several countries, including Russia, Bulgaria, Italy, Taiwan, Slovenia and Indonesia, participated. BYU Singers was the only group from the United States participating. “It was an amazing experience to watch the other choirs perform in the competition from all over the world,” said BYU Singers director Andrew Crane. “It was inspiring to see how music brings us all together, regardless of the language we speak or the country we live in.” Due to the pandemic restrictions, the competition was held in a virtual format. Each of the participants submitted a video no more than six minutes long and their performances were broadcast on YouTube as a virtual concert. IYCF “Aegis Carminis” welcomed children’s choirs, youth choirs and older choirs with members up to 27 years old. BYU Singers competed in the last category and took first place with their performance of “Let My Love Be Heard” by composer Jake Runestad. They also won the Grand Prix of the competition, which came with a prize of 700 euros (851 U.S. dollars). The BYU Singers submitted the piece “Let My Love Be Heard,” which came from their one and only live streamed concert this last November. “That particular concert broke a School of Music record at the time for how many people watched over livestream,” said Crane. “It was the first live music making had seen since everything had shut down months earlier . . . even though we couldn’t actually see anyone in the audience, we could still feel the emotion of the moment.” For choir member Hannah Klassen, reliving that performance with the live streamed competition was an emotional experience. “When our video was up, I was driving with the volume as loud as possible, soaking all of the beautiful music in, and I started to tear up so much that I had to pull over,” Klassen said. “I am immensely grateful that I had the chance to be transported back to such an amazing experience.” For fellow member Daniel Garrett, this performance was his last as a BYU Singer. Garrett, a baritone in the group for the last four years, said, “It was truly an unexpected honor to be able to participate in this wonderful festival and for the incredible outcome!” With all of the pandemic restrictions and safety protocols in place from this last year, the IYCF “Aegis Carminis” competition served as a light among the dark uncertainties that still linger from the pandemic. The name “Aegis Carminis” has a special meaning to the choirs: Aegis translates from Greek as a “shield” or “protection” from something, and Carminis translates from Latin as “song.” “So in a sense, we’re talking about how singing protects us,” Crane said. “I think that, for BYU Singers, the past year has clearly demonstrated this concept. For the students, this ability to keep singing helped shield them from the emotional turmoil and anxiety happening around them during the pandemic.“ Garrett agreed with Crane, adding, “While this year has had many challenges, it has also brought with it incredible opportunities to share our love of music and the Lord with others on a global scale. . . music like this helps spark in us hope and a determination tolet our love be heard.” This time next year, BYU Singers hopes to compete in person in a similar choral competition in Lithuania. You can view the BYU Singers’ performance here and the entire IYCF “Aegis Carminis” concert here.
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BYU Alum Plays Bass Trombone at Presidential Inauguration

June 10, 2021 12:00 AM
Master Sergeant Karl Johnson, a BYU alum, plays bass trombone in “The President’s Own” Marine Military Band
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Two Clarinets and a Piano: Students Win National and Global Awards for Musical Gifts

June 04, 2021 12:00 AM
Music students Kyle Hotvedt, John Burton and Brooke Ballard showcase their gifts on a global and national scale
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