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Distinguished Faculty Address

Recognizing a faculty member’s exemplary achievement

The annual Distinguished Faculty Address honors a faculty member who has risen to the front ranks of his or her discipline through achievements in research, scholarship, and teaching.

2022 Address

Keri McCarthy
Professor, School of Music

Wed., March 29, TBD

Reception to follow

The event can be experienced again at this link:

The Power of Live Music in a Post-COVID World

Discover music from the past and today with Professor Keri McCarthy, Core Fulbright Scholar and internationally recognized chamber musician, soloist, teacher, and clinician.

The COVID-19 pandemic made live musical performances less accessible to many people. Professor McCarthy will discuss how live music creates a sense of shared experience, uniting diverse and even divergent populations. As people emerge from their COVID silos, live music can play a powerful role in strengthening communities worldwide.

With the help of all-star faculty ensembles, Professor McCarthy will take you on a toe-tapping exploration of the role of music in local and global communities. She and her colleagues will present music that spans two centuries, four continents, and a multitude of genres. Her address will not only discuss, but demonstrate, the immeasurable value of musical performance.

The following faculty members will perform at the event:

  • Julie Wieck, soprano, and Elena Panchenko, piano
  • Aaron Agulay, tenor, and Yuna Roh, piano
  • The Palouse Trio: Christiano Rodrigues, violin, Ruth Boden, cello, and Fabio Menchetti, piano
  • Faculty Brass Quintet: David Turnbull and Ashley Swanson, trumpet, Martin King, horn, A.J. Miller, trombone, and Chris Dickey, tuba
  • Jacqueline Wilson, bassoon
  • Greg Yasinitsky, saxophone; Cesar Haas, guitar; Dave Bjur, bass; Darryl Singleton, drums
  • Keri McCarthy, oboe

The address will feature compositions by faculty members Scott Blasco and Greg Yasinitsky, as well as Yii Kah Hoe, a 2022-23 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence from Malaysia

About Professor McCarthy

Keri McCarthy has built global awareness of music from Asia and the United States. Her work has resulted in performances and presentations worldwide dedicated to Asian composers and their music. It has also yielded 18 newly commissioned works for oboe or wind quintet and four commercially-released albums sharing music from Asian and Asian-American artists.

In 2011 a Core Fulbright Scholarship took McCarthy to Thailand to study contemporary music. She later co-founded the Light through Music project, introducing oboe and bassoon to musicians in Myanmar. In 2016 she co-founded the Pan Pacific Ensemble, a wind quintet that has commissioned and recorded works from Asian and Asian-American composers. McCarthy founded OctOboeFest NW, which provides high-school- and college-aged oboists opportunities to learn from nationally recognized musicians. Institutions across the Northwest host the event. A service project that she co-founded brings instruments and education to underserved populations. McCarthy advises WSU’s Fulbright Student Association.

Previous Presenters of the Distinguished Faculty Address



Keri McCarthy
Professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering


Amit Bandyopadhyay
Professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering


Patricia Hunt
Meyer Distinguished Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences


Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe
Professor, Department of Psychology


Susmita Bose
Professor, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture


Douglas R. Call
Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine


Michael K. Skinner
Professor, College of Arts and Sciences


Gerald B. Berthiaume
Professor, College of Arts and Sciences


Raymond Reeves
Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine


Kenneth L. Nash
Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

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