Chung Park (BM ’96, Viola) was named the director of orchestral activities at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. At ASU, Park conducts the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra, Appalachian Philharmonia and Appalachian Opera Theatre.
Cello faculty artist Alison Wells was interviewed for an article in The Baltimore Sun, “Piano teacher a key change for Ugandan youths: Founder of TUBA collects instruments for villages in Africa.” Wells said, “A brass quintet at Peabody, called Eastern Edge, will spend four weeks in Uganda over winter break, helping mentor the group.”
Junior Jennifer Nicole Campbell, a piano student of Brian Ganz, recently competed as a finalist in the 6th New York International Piano Competition, sponsored by the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. Campbell will appear in select concerts on the East Coast this coming year.
Caryn Block (DMA ’97, Composition), had her new dramatic song cycle Long, Too Long America for soprano, baritone and piano, performed in a vocal concert by singers of the Opera Project at St. Andrew’s Church in Lambertville, N.J., in January. The song cycle was written in commemoration of the victims of 9/11 and is a new version of the third movement of Celebration and Remembrance Double Concerto for English horn, bassoon, mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra. Block’s new duo, Dionysus for marimba and cello, received a favorable review in the March issue of Percussive Notes, the journal of the Percussive Arts Society in the mixed instrumentation category.
Faculty artist Manuel Barrueco (BM ’75, Guitar) will do his first tour of China in the fall, with recitals and master classes in Shanghai and Chengdu; a recital in Santa Barbara, Calif.; and a tour of Europe (Switzerland, Spain, Germany). He will also perform on September 22 at the New World Center on Miami Beach, presenting the “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the New World Symphony and Michael Francis conducting. Barrueco will perform a solo recital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 11. He will also conduct a master class and then perform with the Brasilian Symphony Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro on August 17, with Robert Minczuk conducting the “Concierto de Aranjuez.”