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News and featured articles

Chris Ignacio, a first-year MFA student in theater with a concentration in interdisciplinary digital media performance at Arizona State University, spent the spring 2022 semester in New York working...
Brian DeMaris , associate professor and artistic director of the Music Theatre and Opera program in Arizona State University's School of Music, Dance and Theatre, is a recognized conductor,...
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2022 graduates . Anna Galura is an experienced and accomplished performer and an educator who is not only concerned...
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2022 graduates . Laura Brackney, Doctor of Musical Arts in music composition, views composing as a form of sonic...
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2022 graduates . When Lauren Jimenez didn’t make her high school dance team, she was devastated. But she didn’t give...
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2022 graduates . Chandler, Arizona, native Cory Drozdowski is a Barrett, the Honors College student at Arizona State...

Focus on Faculty

Margaret Schmidt, professor of music learning and teaching in Arizona State University's School of Music, Dance and Theatre, was recently named the Music Educator of the Year by the Arizona...
Eugenia Hernandez Ruiz , assistant professor in ASU's School of Music, Dance and Theatre, was recently awarded The Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Award in the amount of $20,000 from the American...
Robert Mills , clinical associate professor in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre and vocal coach/accompanist for Music Theatre and Opera, is passionate about old music books and opera scores. A...
LaTasha Barnes , a new faculty member in Arizona State University’s School of Music, Dance and Theatre, recently received a 2021 Bessie Award as an outstanding performer for her sustained achievement...
ASU composer Garth Paine will premiere “FraKture,” a piece for symphony orchestra — and for smartphones — this Saturday as part of an ASU Symphony Orchestra concert at ASU Gammage. “This is to my...
Gordon Hawkins , internationally acclaimed baritone and professor of voice in the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre, performed the role of "The Reverend" in Tazewell Thompson's...

Students news

Four Arizona State University dance students — Kyla Kabat, Isabella Lepp, Karla Marquez and Fernanda Viera — have been chosen to represent ASU at the 2022 American College Dance Association (ACDA)...
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2021 graduates . International student Ramon “Chino” Alfonso Soberano, who graduates this fall with a Doctor of Musical...
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2021 graduates . Angie Stephanie Valencia, who graduates this December with a Bachelor of Music in music learning and...
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2021 graduates . Ri Lindegren is graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in a unique area — dance and...
Undergraduate senior Anna Sera, a Bachelor of Music in music theatre performance student at Arizona State University, was recently awarded the 2021 Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award. The monetary...
Ka Hou “Tommy” Chan, DMA in piano performance and pedagogy at Arizona State University, was awarded first prize at three international online piano competitions. Chan received the top prizes at the...

Alumni news

Two Arizona State University dance alumni were recently published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Dance Education in Practice. This special edition of the journal by the National Dance Education...
Chelsea Pace is using her expertise in staging sex to create safer spaces for actors. Pace , who received her MFA in theatre performance from Arizona State University, is an intimacy consultant and...
Arizona State University alumnus and Tempe , Arizona, native Patrick Fanning will return home to ASU Gammage as music director and conductor for a national tour of the world-renowned musical and...
Arizona State University music alumnus David Earll , who graduated with a Doctor of Muscial Arts in tuba performance in 2014 and is an assistant professor of tuba and euphonium at Ithaca College, was...
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....