Inspired – Linda Adams Kazmarek (BM ’67, Music Education) released her eighth CD with her arrangements of inspirational and Christian music.
Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Chen Zhangyi (MM ’11, Composition) was one of three composers selected for the 2012 Cabrillo Festival and Conductor’s Guild Composer/Conductor Workshop at Santa Cruz, Calif. Festival mentors include Behzad Ranjbaran, Marin Alsop, and Gustav Meier. Chen’s Sand Sketches for the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra was performed three times. The conductors were Ankush Bahl of the National Symphony Orchestra, Matthew Brown (MM ’05, Conducting) music director of the International Conductors’ Festival, and Juga Cohler from the Julliard School.
Faculty artist Garnett Bruce, who will direct Peabody’s Opera Potpourri on Nov. 27, will direct Aida at the Dallas Opera opening Oct. 26. He will also direct Pagliacci at Austin Lyric Opera opening on Nov. 10, Magic Flute at Opera Carolina in Charlotte opening Jan. 19, Magic Flute at Opera Omaha opening Feb. 22, Turandot at the Dallas Opera opening Apr. 5, and Gala Bel Canto Concert featuring Rossini & Donizetti at Lyric Opera Baltimore on Sat Apr 13 with Jim Harp and Ed Polochik, pianos.
Zane Forshee (MM ’01, GPD ’03, DMA ’11, Guitar) will perform at the Library of Congress on Sept. 8 on behalf of the Fulbright Association, which presented its 2012 J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the international medical humanitarian organization.
Zachariah Galatis (MM ’10, Piccolo) was the first place winner in the National Flute Association’s Piccolo Artist Competition during its 40th annual national convention in Las Vegas, Aug. 9-12. He was also appointed piccolo/utility flute with the Oregon Symphony.