Music Theory faculty member Joel Puckett has been commissioned by The Crossing to compose a 15 minute unaccompanied work for 24-voice chamber choir. The Philadelphia based choral ensemble has been awarded the 2013 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award, created to recognize a chorus entering into a partnership with a composer of their choice, to contribute a new work to the choral repertoire. The award is presented by Chorus America, in partnership with the American Composers Forum, and will be presented at Chorus America’s National Convention in Seattle on June 13. Puckett’s new work will be a main feature of the Month of Moderns Festival in Philadelphia during the summer of 2015.
The Russian Trio—Graduate Performance Diploma candidate Nikita Borisevich, violin; Artist Diploma candidate Dmitry Volkov, cello; and Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Katherine Harris (MM ’11, Piano), piano—coached by Michael Kannen, won the Coleman-Barstow Prize for Strings in the Coleman Competition in Los Angeles on April 27. They performed Dmitry Shostakovich’s Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67, in a winners’ concert on April 28 at Caltech.
Pianist Gregory Taboloff (BM ’84, MM ’85, Piano) will perform a concert on June 9 at Lafayette Library Community Hall in Lafayette, CA. The program will feature Beethoven’s “Tempest” Sonata, Liszt’s Paraphrase of Verdi’s Rigoletto and Transcription of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, as well as Taboloff’s own fantasies on Bizet’s Carmen and Strauss’ Fledermaus.
Junior Bo-Kyung Hwang, a piano student of Yong Hi Moon, won first place for the Collegiate Strings in the 2013 Rockville Competition for Piano and Strings. She will perform Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 57 in the Winners’ Recital.
Tenor Halim Shon, Master of Music candidate and student of Stanley Cornett, won first place in the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition on April 28. Shon has been admitted to the full-tuition Artist Diploma program at Yale University, where he will be attending in the fall. Mezzo-soprano Madelyn Wanner (BM ’09, Voice), a former student of Phyllis Bryn-Julson, won a study grant in the competition.