The brass quintet Marquee Brass, featuring Sam Bessen, a master’s student studying horn with Denise Tryon, Mike Minor, a master’s student studying tuba with David Fedderly, Brandon Cave, a DMA trumpet candidate, and Ricson Poonin, a GPD student studying trombone with James Olin, performed outreach concerts across El Paso in homes for the elderly and community centers as a part of El Paso Pro-Musica’s Young Artist Development Series in November. Participation in the El Paso Pro-Musica’s Young Artist Development Series allowed the group to continue their work as outreach musicians, seeking to positively impact their community through musical exposure. The group’s work in El Paso was featured in an article by the El Paso Times.
In April 2017, vocalist and faculty member Jennifer Blades (MM ’97, GPD ’98, Voice) will be performing the U.S. premieer of a one-woman, unaccompanied monodrama by award-winning composer Ana Sokolovic entitled Love Songs . The production will take place at the Baltimore Theatre Project and features an all-female production team led by stage director Frances Pollock (MM ’15, Voice) and music director JoAnn Kulesza, interim chair of the Opera Department. Support the production here.
The Newark Symphony Orchestra premiered Embers of Memory, a work for piano and orchestra by alumna Jennifer Nicole Campbell (BM ’14, MM ’15, Piano) on November 19 in a concert honoring women composers. Embers of Memory is a composition about individuals who have suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and their families. Ms. Campbell hopes to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s, and to give a musical voice to those who suffer in silence from the disease. In addition, Ms. Campbell also performed her composition Variations on Simple Gifts at the November 19 concert.
The New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) announced the appointment of DMA conducting student Michael Repper as Music Director of the orchestra beginning in the 2017-18 season. Mr. Repper will joining the respected roster of NYYS Music Directors, including Leonard Slatkin, David Alan Miller, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Mischa Santora, and Paul Haas. Read more here.
Adler Fellow Toni Marie Palmertree (BM ’06, Voice) stepped up to perform the role of Cio-Cio-San in San Francisco Opera’s main stage production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly after the artist she was covering fell ill. Palmertree’s performance received a positive review from Janos Gereben of San Francisco Classical Voice and was featured in an article by The Mercury News.