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News and featured articles

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre welcomes new faculty member Kelly Kasper Hawkinson as a clinical professor of costume technology. “We are delighted to have an artist of Kelly Hawkinson’s...
The ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre welcomes Joyce McCall as assistant professor of music learning and teaching. McCall is one of the few scholars whose music education research focuses on...
Arizona State University’s outdoor installation DesignSpace provided more than 100 ASU students, including 21 students from the School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for...
Graduate music theater and opera student Yophi Adia Bost wanted to take ownership of the art she shared. Bost said she got that chance as part of the School of Music, Dance and Theatre’s Color...
Internationally recognized and award-winning dancer, choreographer, educator and performer LaTasha Barnes joins the dance faculty in Arizona State University's School of Music, Dance and Theatre...
Scenic designer Arnel Sancianco joins the School of Music, Dance and Theatre in Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts this fall. “We are thrilled to have...

Focus on Faculty

Karen Schupp, associate professor and associate director of curriculum and instruction in ASU's School of Music, Dance and Theatre, has been awarded both the Susan W. Stinson Book Award for...
New Morse Code, a group co-founded by Arizona State University School of Music, Dance and Theatre Assistant Professor Michael Compitello, recently won the grand prize in the Ariel Avant "Impact...
The ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre welcomes Fernanda Aoki Navarro as an assistant professor of music composition. Navarro is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music, developing...
As a new assistant professor in ASU's School of Music, Dance and Theatre, Rachel Finley hopes to increase the educational experiences of her students and to help them find their own voices. “...
Robert Farid Karimi wants to amplify the ways people tell stories, and as a new assistant professor in Arizona State University's School of Music, Dance and Theatre, Karimi hopes to do that...
Erin Barra is coming to Arizona State University to lead the new popular music program at a pivotal time. The music industry is undergoing huge changes as popular music itself is part of the country’...

Students news

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2020 graduates . Sumana Mandala graduated with her Master of Fine Arts in dance this December, two decades after she...
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2020 graduates . Doctoral graduate Soyeon “Sally” Kang always understood that for a performance, practice makes perfect...
Astrid Morales Torres, Doctor of Musical Arts student in piano performance, showcased Mexican music in a livestreamed concert this fall as part of an international collaboration between Arizona State...
ASU saxophone quartet Helíos recently won the silver medal in the senior wind division of the Fischoff Competition , one of the most respected chamber music competitions in the world, held virtually...
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2020 graduates . ASU graduate student Stephanie Sadownik, DMA in voice performance, started suffering from undiagnosed...
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2020 graduates . Annie Villalobos Vincent has been waiting 20 years to achieve her dream and receive her college...

Alumni news

When it comes to artistic endeavors, whether they be music, painting, dancing, writing or something else, many people give up before they get the chance to really try. This is not the case for...
During a year with little to no opportunities in the conducting field, Argentinean-born Arizona State University music alumna Michelle Di Russo has been awarded two esteemed conducting fellowships....
Arizona State University School of Music alumna Caelan Creaser returns to ASU to represent the "Frozen" North American Tour . Creaser, who earned a bachelor's degree in musical theater...
The Arizona Commission on the Arts awarded grants to 31 artists throughout the state, including two faculty members and six alumni from Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design...
Two Arizona State University School of Music alumni have been selected to participate in the Sphinx Organization’s national arts leadership and artistic development programs dedicated to transforming...
Arizona State University School of Music alumnus Joshua Hill is the recipient of the 2018 Canadian Screen Award for best original song for his work on the 2017 animated feature film “ The Breadwinner...