Harpist Alyssa Katahara, a student of Michaela Trnkova, was the winner of the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp concerto competition, and performed Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane with the World Youth Symphony on June 30. Alyssa also received a coveted merit scholarship to the Interlochen Arts Academy for 2013-2014.
Bob Parker (BM ’87, Music Education, PC ’87, Trumpet) won the WHAS11 Excel award, an honor bestowed upon exceptional teachers in the Louisville, KY area. During his tenure as the band director at South Oldham Middle School, the number of students in the band program has tripled. Parker and has been teaching for 22 years. The article and video clip featuring Parker and the Excel award can be found online.
Tonya McBride Robles (BM ’95, Music Education) has been hired recently as the Executive Director of The City Choir of Washington. Robles returned to live in Baltimore this summer, after spending most of the last 18 years living around the world with her husband, an active duty U.S. Naval officer. During this time, she taught privately and in international school music programs. Robles also worked in arts administration and led several nonprofit and performing arts organizations.