Juniors David Diehl, a student of John Shirley-Quirk, and Julianne McCarthy, a student of Phyllis Bryn-Julson, gave a vocal recital at the Lightner Museum’s Restoration Gala on May 14. The program featured works by early 20th-century composers, mirroring the art showcased in the museum, located in St. Augustine, Fla.
Christa Bruce-Kotrc (MM ’74) has been appointed by Alaska Governor Sean Parnell to the Alaska Humanities Forum. The forum develops programs and projects, establishes policy, procures resources to support programs and projects, reviews grant proposals, and encourages public interest in the humanities.
Two students of Boris Slutsky have been chosen as semi-finalists of the 58th Annual Washington International Competition for Piano. Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Jee In Hwang and junior Sejoon Park will compete on May 27, starting at 9:00 am, at the Benjamin T. Rome Hall of the George Washington University, located at 801 22nd Street, NW, Washington D.C. The finals will take place on May 28, at 2:00 pm, at the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington. D.C. The semi-finals and finals are free and open to the public.
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.
Philadelphia-based Baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare, led by faculty artists Gwyn Roberts, recorder, and Richard Stone, lute, has its first orchestral tour in Germany in April. Members of the group include faculty artists Adam Pearl (BM ’99, Piano; MM ’01, DMA ’09, Harpsichord) and Stephen Bard, baroque oboe, as well as alumna Eve Miller (BM ’93, Cello).