Mark Lortz directs the marching band at Stevenson University Reply

lortzMark Lortz  (BM ’92, Percussion; MM ’07, Music Education, Composition), director of the marching band at Stevenson University, was featured in a PressBox article highlighting the program he started in 2011.  Since its beginning, the marching band has grown from 75 to 130 students, involving about 3 percent of the school’s population (the average size of a college marching band is about 1 percent).  Lortz “liked the challenge” of building the band from the ground up and expects the program to continue growing in the future.

Ng, Element, and Brantigan chosen for select ensembles Reply

Violinists Alexandra Ng and Naomi Element were selected to be a part of the 2014 Maryland Junior All-State Orchestra.  Ng and Annie Brantigan, viola were selected to play in the Baltimore County Side-by-Side with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert on April 8 at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.  Ng, Element and Brantigan are students of Andréa Picard Boecker.

Preparatory students awarded honors at Columbia Orchestra Young Artist Competition Reply

Several Peabody Preparatory students received accolades at the 2014 Columbia Orchestra Young Artist Competition.

Senior Division Wind Category:


  • Edmond Kim, Clarinet – Student of David Drosinos

Senior Division String Category:


  • Janie Shih, Cello – Student of Alison Wells

Honorable Mention

  • Jeremy Hess, Violin – Student of Rebecca Henry
  • Nicholas Kim, Violin – Student of Matthew Horwitz-Lee
  • Hana Takemoto, Cello – Student of Alicia Ward

Junior Division String Category:


  • Caleb Park, Cello –student of Alison Wells

Honorable Mention

  • Megan Rabe, Violin – Student of Rebecca Henry
  • Anne-Marie Wnek – Student of Rebecca Henry.

Winners will be featured on a Columbia Orchestra concert in the spring.

Jake Runestad news Reply

Jake-Runestad-Headshot-2-e1331324237961Led by renowned conductor Andre Thomas, the Nebraska All-State Choir performed Jake Runestad’s (MM ’11, Composition) Nyon Nyon in November.  In 2013, the work  sold over 5,000 copies to choirs around the world.

At the ACDA Western Division conference on February 21, Brady Allred and the Salt Lake Vocal Artists will give the world premiere of Runestad’s Alleluia, a work they commissioned especially for this conference performance.

Runestad will compose a new work, settings of several poems by Langston Hughes, commissioned by Craig Hella Johnson and Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble.  The work will be performed on May 2 at 7:30pm in Memorial Hall, Cincinnati, OH  alongside works by J.S. Bach, Dominick Argento, R. Nathaniel Dett, and Kevin Puts.

Runestad was featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Composer Spotlight” series as a part of their Classical Notes blog. Runestad was also featured in an article in the Huffington Post, “Composer Jake Runestad’s Dreams of the Fallen– A Veterans Day Happening at the National WWII Museum.”