Whitworth University Music Department

Opus 31 of Music that Matters honors one of our region’s beloved musicians and educators, Marc Hafsø. Retiring after a very long teaching career that included 18 years as director of choral and vocal activities at Whitworth University, Marc joined us for conversation around his musical upbring and subsequent career, illustrated by performances from the Whitworth Choir.  

Today, Chris Maccini welcomes the next SCC Hagen Center “Diversity Dialogues” speaker, Luis Rodrigues. Two of Verne Windham’s recent From the Studio guests, Sandpoint Conservatory director Karin Wedemeyer and the Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe offer their observations and strategies for dealing with the current state of pandemic affairs through engagement with music. A particularly sublime moment from a young pianist and some Spokane Symphony sounds complete the aural picture on this edition of NWAR

Polina Beymanov is a junior piano and voice major at Whitworth University, a piano student of Dr Judith Schoeflin and voice student of Scott Miller. She came to our KPBX studio to play her junior recital program, which included music of J. S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Of particular interest were two selections somewhat off the beaten path, Oscar Peterson's arrangement of Richard Rodgers' "Little Girl Blue," and two Bagatelles of William Bolcom.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, we continue to celebrate winners of the most recent SpokaneArts grants as Chris Maccini talks with Charity Doyle and Sam Song of Northwest Winterfest. We’ll also welcome comedian Aries Spears, who performs in Spokane this weekend, and Soundspace host Zan Agzigian with excerpts from her interview with US Poet Laureate and musician Joy Harjo. Plus music from our studio played by Whitworth University senior Mikah Turpin.

Verne Windham welcomes Dr. Philip Baldwin and Dr. Judith Schoepflin of Whitworth University Music Department for a discussion of women composers and the curation of the University's concerts highlighting their talents and contributions.

Elizabeth Hamilton is a Whitworth University junior performance major on both violin and piano.

She is also playing Beethoven’s Concerto No.1-I with the Whitworth Orchestra on May 8.

Elizabeth's Piano Bench selections:

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Sonata Op. 90-I

Lowell Liebermann: Nocturne No. 2

JohannSebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F, WTC II

Fredric Chopin: Ballade in Ab

Tavener Family

Verne Windham's remembrance and tribute to Whitworth University Emeritus Professor of Music Thomas T. Tavener, who passed away December 24, 2019.

Spokane Public Radio

Whitworth University Music Department's production of Handel's "Alcina" will be performed this month. Director Scott David Miller, Music Director Scott Rednour, and student vocalists Veronica Scafidi (Alcina), Chloe Millard (Morgana), and Kaitlyn Atchison (Bradamante) visit the studio with a preview and discussion.

Whitworth University has been buzzing with excitement over the newly completed music building on campus.  To commemorate the event, they held an opening ceremony a week ago, and Verne had the chance to talk with several faculty members about their impressions and goings-on in the music department.  He started with Marc Hafso (choral) and followed with Judith Schoepflin (piano), Phil Baldwin (orchestra), Dan Keberle (jazz), and Rich Strauch (wind symphony).