Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10) receives Guggenheim Fellowship Reply

Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10) was awarded a 12-month Guggenheim Fellowship and a Levy Supplemental Stipend for music composition. Kirsten will compose a large work for the Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the 180 successful candidates were chosen from a group of 3,000 applicants.

Peabody composers feature in 100 under 40 list Reply

In April, Q2—part of Classical 105.9 WQXR—and NPR Music launched a project to determine listeners’ favorite composers under the age of 40. Making the list, compiled from comments on Facebook, Twitter, and the Q2 and NPR Music websites, were alumna Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10), music theory faculty member Joel Puckett, and composition faculty member Kevin Puts. To see the full list, visit

Murry Sidlin to recieve JHU Alumni Award Reply

 Murry Sidlin (BM ’62, Music Education; MM ’68, Instrumental Conducting), recipient of the 2011 Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award, will conduct a full performance of the Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Choir on the grounds of the former concentration camp at Terezin, Czech Republic on June 12. Sidlin is the founder and president of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, which sponsors the Rafael Schächter Institute for the Arts and Humanities that will offer several weeks of lectures, seminars, panels, and artistic presentations in June.