Bill McQuay (BM ’91, Composition; BM ’92, Recording Arts & Sciences), an audio producer at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, has produced a weekly summer series on NPR. “Close Listening: Decoding Nature Through Sound” runs from July 30 to September 10 on “Morning Edition.”
Soprano Kimberly Christie (MM ’12, Voice) will appear as Susanna in Mozart’s comic masterpiece Le Nozze di Figaro with Caroll Summer Opera in Westminster, Md., on Thursday, August 6, and Friday, August 7, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, August 9, at 3:00 pm, at Carroll Community College.She will also be in the chorus of the Washington National Opera in its production of Carmen at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Performances run from September 19 to October 3. Ms. Christie will then return to the Bootless Stageworkz stage in Wilmington, Dela., to perform Clara in the exquisite musical The Light in the Piazza, November 6-12.
Kwang-Wu Kim (MM ’82, AD ’89, DMA ’93, Piano) has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Columbia College Chicago. He is the 10th president in the 123-year history of Columbia College. With more than 30 years of experience in performance, teaching and administration, President Kim was most recently dean and director of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.
Glenn Quader (MM ’03, Conducting) has been chosen as the Frederick Symphony Orchestra’s new conductor and music director. Mr. Quader currently holds positions in the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, and American Studio Orchestra. He served as an assistant director at the Frederick Symphony Orchestra in Maryland between 2003 and 2009.