Senior TJ Martin, studying composition with Kevin Puts, and his team at Boba Studios have won $20,000 at MICA’s Up/Start Venture Competition. They plan to create games that combine what they love about indie and major title games with this prize money. Their debut video game, Squirrely Roo Rabbit, involves using color theory to solve environmental challenges.
Preparatory faculty artist Michaela Trnkova (BM ’97, MM ’99, Harp) gave a master class on March 31 to harp students at the University of Richmond.
Humanities faculty member Hollis Robbins (KSAS BA ’83, Writing Seminars) published a piece in the LA Review of Books about Chinese scholarship of American Literature. In it, she argues that American academia should take note of what and how the Chinese are studying our literature.
Countertenor Daniel Moody (BM ’14, Voice) was named a Regional Finalist in the Rocky Mountain Region in the Metropolitan National Council Auditions in January. In February, he won a $5,000 George London Award from the George London Foundation. Moody also has numerous upcoming engagements. This summer, he will make his debut with Cincinnati Opera in L’incoronazione di Poppea. He will sing Valetto for four performances and Nerone, the lead role, for one. In December, he will sing Handel’s Messiah with Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s Baroque Orchestra. He will also make his Carnegie Hall debut, singing the same piece with the Oratorio Society of New York under the direction of Kent Tritle. His schedule continues into 2019 with Moody performing Chichester Psalms with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a concert of arias and duets with Anne Sofie von Otter and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
Peabody master’s candidate Sarah Thomas (BM ‘17, Violin) has been awarded one of this year’s Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowships for the Study of Hopkins History. Thomas plans to conduct research this summer at the Peabody Archives on the history of racial barriers and desegregation at the Peabody Institute in the 20th century. She will be supported by faculty mentor Judah Adashi and archivist mentor Matt Testa. The Hugh Hawkins fellowship is open to all Johns Hopkins University students who wish to conduct research into an aspect of the rich history of the university. This is the second year the award is offered, and the first time a Peabody student has been selected.