Composition Department Chair Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) was profiled in the Philadelphia Inquirer on July 18 in a piece by David Patrick Stearns titled Michael Hersch: Music for Music’s Sake.
The Baltimore Consort – Mary Anne Ballard, Mark Cudek (MM ’82, Lute), Larry Lipkis, Ronn McFarlane (’79, Guitar), and Mindy Rosenfeld (BM ’80, Flute) – performed at the Madison Early Music Festival on July 12. Greg Hettmansberger reviewed the performance on his blog.
The Sprezzatura Duo, featuring Anastasia Pike (MM ’07, Harp) who studied with Jeanne Chalifoux and Kate Loughrey (MM ’08, Harp), gave the world premiere of Peyi-a Chanje, commissioned from Caleb Vaughn-Jones (PC ’06, Cello) who studied with Alan Stepansky, at the American Harp Society’s National Conference in Atlanta on July 1. Dr. Pike also gave a presentation titled “The End of the Conservatory” at the College Music Society’s National Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., on November 5, 2015.
Julian Gargiulo (MM ’97, Piano) performed in Australia on Saturday, July 16 in Perth and at the Noosa Festival on Friday, July 22.
Justine Koontz, who studied composition at the Preparatory with Judah Adashi, is a recipient of the Fulbright award. Ms. Koontz will be living in Riga, Latvia, to determine how “the country that sings” maintains and burnishes that reputation. This year she received a Master in Music from Butler University.