Megan Rabe, preparatory violin student of Rebecca Henry and member of the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program, was a first place winner in the 2014 Gus Johansen High School String Competition, sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club. She received a cash award and will perform in the winner’s recital in the Mansion at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD on November 28, 2014. Megan is in 9th grade.
Gary Thomas, director and chair of Jazz Studies, was featured in a Baltimore Sun article, Baltimorean Gary Thomas is world-class jazz saxophonist by Mary Carole McCauley. McCauley discusses Thomas meeting Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels, who owned some of Thomas’s albums before arriving at Hopkins, and how they put together a local jazz series presenting such famous folks as Chick Corea and Jack DeJohnette. The article further delves into Thomas’s upbringing and musical influences and the affect teaching has had on his musical output. “I’m not playing as well as I was 10 years ago,” he says. “But I’m making much better music.” Read the full article here.
The Peabody Opera Department’s weekend run of Cendrillon was reviewed in the Baltimore Sun by Tim Smith. The staging was “endearing” while “everyone onstage revealed an appreciation for the subtlety and elegance of the score.” Smith called the playing by the Peabody Symphony Orchestra “refined”, attentively conducted by Hajime Teri Murai. Read the full review here.
Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition) was commissioned by Washington National Opera for his latest composition, “Daughters of the Bloody Duke,” which will have its world premiere at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on Friday, November 21, 2014.“Daughters of the Bloody Duke” is a dark, comedic one-act opera, in which Margot, the young daughter of the Bloody Duke of Ravenswood, must choose between love and the demands of her revenge-crazed family.
Jake Runestad has been commissioned by leading ensembles and organizations such as Washington National Opera, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Seraphic Fire, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Virginia Arts Festival, the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare, Spire Chamber Ensemble, and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay.
His compositions have been performed by hundreds of ensembles throughout the world and he has received awards from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, the Peabody Conservatory, New Music USA, the Otto Bremmer Foundation, VocalEssence, the Virginia Arts Festival, the National Association for Music Education, the Association for Lutheran Church Musicians, and the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota
Humanities department chair Hollis Robbins authored a chapter in a book, Economics of the Undead, recently published through Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Each chapter of the book represents a variety of economic perspectives as applied to the living dead. “Killing Time: Dracula and Social Discoordination” shows how Dracula was a threat not just to jugular veins, but to the standard of time that enable coordination in a modern economy.