Robert Grande, a guitar minor studying with Serap Gray, received second prize in the college division of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society’s Student Guitar Competition. A sophomore at The Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering, Grande is majoring in mechanical engineering.
Junior Gabe Slotnick and master’s candidate Jongsu Lee received “Outstanding Performance” recognition for their submission to the 2010 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards in the category of “Engineered Live Recording.” The pair submitted their recording of Mike Formanek and Tim Murphy’s Sylvia Adalman Artist Recital Series performance of new jazz works at Peabody on November 11, 2009.
Ryu Cipris (BM ’07, GPD ’08) received first prize at the 27th Benelux International Flute Competition, held last month during the Adams Flute Festival in the Netherlands. He studied with Maria Piccinini at Peabody.
Graduate student Michael Scott-Nelson recently created a virtual concertina/accordion/bayan called the Charmonika. You can choose your finger mapping to allow your computer keyboard to be used like a variety of different folk instruments. Optionally, use your mouse to control the bellows! Pictures, videos, and the software itself will be available before December. Visit Michael’s website for more information on the Charmonika and other projects he is currently working on.