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.
Pianist and composer Jennifer Nicole Campbell (BM ’14, MM ’15, Piano) released her solo piano debut album Perceptions of Shadows. The CD includes her own compositions, new audio premieres by Israeli-American composer Avner Dorman and David Auldon Brown, and established masterpieces of the piano repertoire by Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin.
Thomas Kotcheff (BM ’10, Composition, Piano) was awarded one of nine BMI Student Composer Awards from the BMI Foundation, in collaboration with Broadcast Music, Inc. The winning composition was titled that in shadow or moonlight rises for mixed octet. The BMI Student Composer Awards recognize superior musical compositional ability. Winners receive scholarship grants to be applied toward their musical education; awards this year totaled $20,000. In 2015, more than 700 online applications were submitted to the competition.
Sejoon Park (BM ’12, Piano), an Artist Diploma candidate studying with Boris Slutsky, was named one of 10 pianists to advance to the semifinals of Canada’s Honens Piano Competition. The musicians (ages 22 to 30) come from six countries: Italy, Russia, South Korea, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States. One pianist will be named the Honens Prize Laureate and win the world’s largest award of its kind—$100,000 (CAN) and an artist development program valued at a half million dollars. The semifinals and finals of the Honens Piano Competition take place during the 2015 Honens Festival & Piano Competition in Calgary, September 3-12.