Preston Hawes, Assistant Professor of Violin at Washington Adventist University, is interviewed by Spectrum Magazine online on continuing the legacy of the late Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse, WAU Professor Emeriti. link - http://spectrummagazine.org/article/alita-byrd/2012/09/04/touring-shadow-virginia-gene-rittenhouse
On Friday February 17, at 1pm, Grammy award winning conductor Herbert Blomstedt gave a 2 hour lecture and Q&A to a small but intent crowd of approximately 25 in the rehearsal hall of the newly constructed Leroy and Lois Peters Music Center. One of the worlds most respected and revered orchestral directors he is still vibrant and strong at the age of 84, directing the NSO in a series of 3 concerts at the Kennedy Center that weekend.
Michael Patterson, a senior music piano performance major at Washington Adventist University, and aspiring composer and orchestral conductor spent his summer in South Africa and California - but not at the beach.
After performing as principal oboe and piano soloist with the New England Youth Ensemble in over 25 concerts in South Africa during the month of June, Michael returned to his home in central California and immediately began organizing a concert for his 73-piece ensemble, the PianoForte Symphony Orchestra, first organized by Michael when he was just 18 years old.