Peabody Preparatory alumna, Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, is the violist with the Dover Quartet, which swept the awards at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition. In addition to winning first place and the $25,000 prize, the quartet also won awards for their performances of a Schubert quartet, Haydn quartet, and Canadian composer Vivian Fung’s String Quartet No. 3, which was commissioned for the competition. They also won the Esterhazy Foundation Prize, awarding the quartet a recital in Haydn Hall at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt. Pajaro-van de Stadt was a student of Preparatory faculty member Libby Bellamy.
Handong Park, a Peabody Preparatory student, was selected as a first flute to perform with All-National Concert Band in Nashville, TN. Park was eligible because he had been selected to All-Eastern last year. He will participate in their All-National Honor Ensemble program from October 27- 30.
The National Lutheran Choir has released a new recording of Nada Te Turbe by Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition). The piece, which won the 2013 Raabe Prize, was also recently performed at the national conference for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Runestad has also been named a finalist for the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus Competition for Young Composers. His new work will be premiered at their June 2014 concert in New York City. In addition, Runestad is currently working on two newly commissioned pieces, with the Spire Chamber Ensemble in Kansas City, MO and the Greater New Haven Community Chorus.
This past July, Michael Angelucci (BM ’03, MM ’06, Piano) appeared with the TOCCATA-Tahoe Symphony and Chorus performing the Piano Concerto No. 2 of Camille Saint-Saëns. He played a series of four concerts with the orchestra, including a featured performance as part of the annual Artown Festival in Reno. In 2012, Angelucci debuted with the orchestra performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor. He is currently completing his DMA in Piano Performance at the University of Maryland.