Faculty artist Du Yun, composition, and Corinne Winters (MM ’07, Voice) were featured in Musical America’s special Where Are They Now? Issue. The issue highlights the best of Musical America’s New Artist of the Month past features, and gives updates about their careers successes.
Musicology faculty member Susan Forscher Weiss was one of six recipients of the first Digital Education and Learning Technology Acceleration, or DELTA, grants. Her project, called “Hacking Harmony,” will work students in creating apps and wearable technology that enhances music performance and history. The grands offer up to $75,000 to each recipient to develop, implement, and evaluate new digital education initiatives that can enhance teaching and learning at Johns Hopkins, whether online or on its campuses.
Nicholas Will (MM ‘11, Organ) was recently appointed director of liturgical music at the Pontifical North American College, Rome. There he will oversee all musical activity, serve as primary organist, conduct the 45-voice Seminary Choir, and offer musical instruction to the seminarians. The Pontifical North American College was founded in 1859 and serves approximately 250 seminarians from the United States, Canada, and Australia. Will leaves his position of director of music and liturgy at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Carnegie, Penn., and he will take a leave of absence from his position of coordinator of the Sacred Music Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio).
Faculty artist Serap Bastepe-Gray (BM ’96, MM ’99, Guitar) is part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers which has been chosen to receive a 2018 Johns Hopkins Discovery Award for their proposal, “Step Into My Brain: Experiencing Depressive Brain with Virtual Reality.” The team also includes Lucy Bucknell (Arts & Sciences), Haris Sair (Medicine), Dr. Haris Sair (Medicine; Neuroradiology) and Annette Porter (Arts & Sciences).
Juliet McComas (BM ’71, MM ’74, Piano) created the Annual Keyboard Marathon as a forum to present the great works of piano literature to the public. The idea was inspired from her studies with Dr. Konrad Wolff who hosted several piano marathon projects at Peabody, including the complete Well-Tempered Clavier and the Debussy Preludes. The Annual Keyboard Marathon is presented by the piano faculty of the San Francisco Community Music Center. This festive concert is going into it’s 16th year and has become one of the most popular musical events in the community.