Chair or Music Theory, Ear Training, and Keyboard Skills Joel Puckett is featured in the March 2019 issue of Opera News for his new opera, The Fix, to premiere with Minnesota Opera on March 16. The article by Joshua Rosenblum talks about how the opera, about the 1919 White Sox scandal, was created, the composition process, and how the opera has been received so far.
Richard Antoine White (BM ’96, Tuba) is the subject of a documentary film called “R.A.W. Tuba.” The film chronicles White’s journey from being a homeless child in West Baltimore to his successes as the first African American to earn a doctorate in music for tuba performance. The film will be pre-screened at Baltimore School for the Arts, where White began his music education, on Friday, February 8 at 7:00 pm and on Saturday, February 8, at 2:00 pm. Both screenings will include a Q&A with White and the filmmakers about his story.
Soprano Christine Lyons (MM ’16, Voice) won first place in the New England Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions that were held at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall on Sunday, January 27. She won $6,000, coaching time with the Metropolitan Opera’s artistic staff, and will advance to the National Semifinals to be held on Sunday, March 24.
Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair Sean Jones, jazz was interviewed by Geoffrey Himes about how he has restructured the jazz department at Peabody. He emphasizes the importance of “the hang” or when young jazz players interact with more seasoned performers to learn the craft. Jones also comments on the importance of living where you work in order to fully immerse oneself into the community. The article will be published in the March 2019 issue of Downbeat Magazine.