Three of Phyllis Bryn Julson’s former and current students advanced in the New Tang Dynasty Television International Vocal Competition held October 19-21 in New York. Chen Yu (GPD ’12, Voice) and Chi-Chen Jeannie Chiang (MM ’05, Voice) made it to semi-finals at Hunter College. Master of Music candidate Jiyoung Lee was a finalist and competed at Carnegie Hall.
Thomas Nielsen, Solon Snider, and Lawrence Suh, Preparatory composition students of Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, faculty), will participate in the second annual UMBC Young Composers Day, part of the Livewire Festival of Contemporary Music. On Saturday, Oct. 27, the students’ chamber works will be read and recorded by members of RUCKUS, UMBC’s faculty contemporary ensemble.
B.M. Candidate Jordan Thomas will be featured this January on a new recording of Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with the Keystone State Boychoir in Philadelphia. He will also be playing for their live performance in early January 2013 in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Benjamin Britten.
Arts critic Tim Smith featured several Baltimore ensembles, founded and run by Peabody students and alumni, in an article in The Baltimore Sun, “A ‘classical revolution’ is spreading in Baltimore: Local ensembles are taking traditional music into non-traditional spaces.” The groups included were Classical Revolution, directed by Rafaela Dreisin (MM ’10, Trumpet); Federal Hill Parlor Series, founded by Megan Ihnen (MM ’09, Voice); Vivre Musicale, a performance group with several Peabody alumni; outerspaces, with DMA candidate James Young as artistic director; and Occasional Symphony, founded by MM candidates Norman Huynh and Stephen Mulligan.
Gemma New (MM ’11, Conducting) spent five weeks as one of two Ansbacher Conducting Fellows with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Music Festival, a week with Kurt Masur, and worked with the Baltic Youth Philharmonic. She also reached the semi finals of the LSO Donatella Flick competition in London. New also won first place in the American Prize Awards this year for orchestra conducting (College/University Orchestra division).