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Christos Tsitsaros, a University of Illinois professor of piano pedagogy, was named 2014 Distinguished Composer of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association.

Professor of piano pedagogy wins national composition award

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 2, 2015

Christos Tsitsaros, a professor of piano pedagogy at the University of Illinois School of Music, has been named the 2014 Distinguished Composer of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association.

Published Date: February 2, 2015


In the Bauhaus, by William Wegman. 1999 Color Polaroid.

New takes on modern design, Wegman's art are highlights at Krannert Art Museum

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:January 14, 2015

Modernism has ignited a new passion among designers and collectors, who value the movement’s objects as historical icons. It also has inspired artists who are using modernist design objects in their own work to comment on the movement’s cultural significance. That artwork forms the exhibition “MetaModern,” opening at Krannert Art Museum on Jan. 29.

Published Date: January 14, 2015


Music professor Heinrich Taubes Harmonia application could improve how music theory is taught. A grant from the National Science Foundation will allow him to test the program in a classroom in fall 2015.

NSF grant to help with application to teach music theory

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:January 5, 2015

A University of Illinois music professor who developed a computer application for teaching music theory has received a National Science Foundation grant to complete development of a prototype and test it in a classroom next fall.

Published Date: January 5, 2015


The cover for Happy: The 1920 Rainbo Orchestra Sides. The album has been nominated for a Grammy Award in two categories: Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes.

Illinois employee's record label earns two Grammy nominations

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts & Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 23, 2014

Saxophonist and band leader Isham Jones is best known for writing the melody for “It Had to Be You” and other hit songs. Although a well-known songwriter and band leader during the 1920s and ‘30s, Jones’ early recordings are largely unknown and overlooked. Meagan Hennessey hopes that will change, with the reissuance of music Jones recorded in 1920 in Chicago with his Rainbo Orchestra.

Published Date: December 23, 2014


The title page and engraved portrait from a book from the Rare Book & Manuscript Librarys Cavagna Collection. The book, from 1750, is one of only two known copies. It describes a famous Italian medical malpractice case of the time.

Rare Book & Manuscript Library receives grant to catalog collection of rare Italian books

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 22, 2014

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois has received a grant of nearly a half million dollars to catalog rare Italian books and make them accessible to scholars.

Published Date: December 22, 2014