Amy Scurria (MM ’98, Composition) had the first workshop of Pearl, an opera composed by Scurria with libretto by Carol Gilligan and Jonathan Gilligan, on Aug. 13 at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Mass. The opera is part of Different Voice Opera Project, founded by GRAMMY-nominated conductor Sara Jobin.
Mark Lanz Weiser (BM ’91, Piano; MM ’93, Composition) recently had his Moments Musicale for Alto Saxophone and Piano featured at the 2012 World Saxophone Congress held in St. Andews, Scotland. The performance given July 14 was by saxophonist David Stambler (MM ’93, Saxophone) and pianist Hannah Creviston. Other recent performances include: Triptych for chamber ensemble, performed October, ’11 by the University of Southern California’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, Donald Crockett, music director; Kegelstatt Funk performed by the Kegekstatt Trio in February, ‘12; and Three Bollywood Dances given multiple performances throughout the US by the Helix Collective.
Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Chris Buchanan is principal trumpet of the U.S. Naval Academy Band, where he performs with the concert band, marching band, brass quintet, and ceremonial units.
Faculty members Ken Johansen (keyboard skills) and Travis Hardaway (theory adjunct) received a grant through the Technology Fellowship Program, a mini-grant initiative designed to help Hopkins faculty develop digital course resources by combining their instructional expertise and project design capabilities with the technology skills of students who are interested in enhancing their digital portfolios. The focus of this program is to create instructional resources that support undergraduate education. With this funding, student worker Michael Rickelton will be helping to create digital training exercises designed to train students to read ahead and improve fluency in sight-reading at the piano.
Sarah Wetherbee (DMA ’02, Viola) has been appointed dean of students and faculty at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, N.Y. She has been assistant dean of students and faculty at the school since 2008 and also taught violin there.