Alice Giles ‘cool’ World Harp Tour stops in Tacoma

Alice Giles, world-renowned harpist, will be performing at Pacific Lutheran University as part of her 2014 world tour on October 19 at 8pm in Lagerquist Concert Hall. The multi-media performance commemorates the Centenary of the First Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914. The first part of the…

Going for a Grammy

When you think Grammys, you might think Béyoncé and Macklemore—but you might not think Lute. It might be time to rethink the Grammys. Micah Haven, a 2009 Music Education graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and now the director of bands at Meeker Middle School in…

A Flutist’s Unplanned Path to Success

Jodie Rottle ’10 Finds Fame Even Without a Direct Roadmap By Shunying Wang ’15 and Sandy Deneau Dunham, PLU Marketing & Communications As far as Jodie Rottle ’10 can recall, she started to play the flute because her sister randomly suggested it. Good call, Jodie Rottle’s sister. Rottle,…

Free Summer Jazz Series brings Stars-and the community-to PLU

16th Annual Jazz Under the Stars Kicks Off July 10 By Sandy Deneau Dunham, PLU Marketing & Communication  As a gift to the community—and really, to everyone who attends—the Pacific Lutheran University Department of Music kicks off its free summer concert series, Jazz Under the…

The End of an Era

Dave Robbins Steps Down after 33 Years as Chair of the Department of Music Greg Youtz’s first glimpse of Dave Robbins was him strolling down a hallway in Eastvold, while his two-year-old daughter toddled along at his side, clutching his finger. “I remember thinking that…

Musical Memories

Editor’s Note: When Lorna Vosburg Burt ’40, ’69 read our story on PLU’s annual Christmas Concerts in the winter 2013 edition of Scene magazine, she was inspired to recall—and share—her own Choir of the West story … from 1939. It was so full of history…

Lute Plays Piano ‘Up Close with the Masters’

A Q&A With Natalie Burton ’13 By Sandy Deneau Dunham, PLU Marketing & Communications Music and Chinese Studies major Natalie Burton graduated magna cum laude from PLU in 2013, but she might have taken her most high-profile class just this year: an “Up Close With the…

Professor Emeritus David Dahl releases new CD: “The Organ Sings”

Professor Emeritus and former University Organist David Dahl released a new CD titled  The Organ Sings , which features compositions drawn from publications of his organ music over the past 25 years. The recording features organist Mark Brombaugh playing the renowned John Brombaugh pipe organ…

Angela Meade Vocal Performance Scholarship Underway

On January 18, Soprano Angela Meade ‘01 performed a one-time-only benefit concert at PLU to kick off fundraising for the new Angela Meade Vocal Performance Scholarship. “During my years at PLU, I received about a third of my tuition in scholarships and I know how…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream first opera set in the Karen Hille Phillips Center

Fairy high jinks, true love and bewitching spells will play out on stage at the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts January 23-26 when PLU’s Opera series presents Benjamin Britten’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Originally premiered in 1960 at the Aldeburgh Festival, Britten’s evocative…

PLU choral conductor winner of The American Prize for 2013

Pacific Lutheran University’s professor and choral conductor, Richard Nance, was named the winner of The American Prize for 2013. Richard Nance is the Director of Choral Activities at Pacific Lutheran University where he has worked since 1992. At PLU, Nance conducts the Choir of the…

The Choir of the West and Choral Union perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony three times this May, with three different orchestras

PLU choirs and local orchestras will combine this spring to perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony three times this May, with the Everett Philharmonic Orchestra, PLU’s University Symphony Orchestra and the Tacoma Youth Symphony Orchestra. Tacoma Youth Symphony and Everett Philharmonic Orchestra conductor, Dr. Paul Elliott Cobbs,…

Student Sings way to Seattle Opera

You may have seen him tearing up the stage in Lagerquist Hall or starting an impromptu concert in the UC. Maybe you recognized him from America’s Got Talent “YouTube Acts Compete.” Or, if you were in Seattle last weekend, you may have seen the young…

The Choir of the West takes to the road

Performing in Washington and British Columbia The PLU Choir of the West will be on tour in Washington and British Columbia later this January and in early February. The repertoire for this year’s Choir of the West tour spans many stylistic eras and genres. Audience…

Pursuing the Dream

By Leah Traxel ’14 Justin Huertas ’09 was ready to “break up” with acting and playing the cello to pursue a steadier paycheck, when fate stepped in. Huertas, who has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from PLU, had worked fairly steadily immediately after graduation.…

Streaming Concerts now a permanent reality

In early September, three small, black video cameras were installed in Lagerquist Concert Hall and on September 25, 2012, PLU streamed its first live concert – the President’s Inaugural Concert.  Moving forward, streaming live concerts will become a permanent aspect of SOAC and PLU. These…