Soprano Kisma Jordan, a Graduate Performance Diploma candidate studying with Stanley Cornett, was the winner of Peabody’s Sylvia Green Vocal Competition on Apr. 2, singing Richard Strauss’ Vier letzte Gesänge (Four Last Songs) which she will sing with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra next concert season.
On Apr. 12, Jordan sang for The Metropolitan Opera Auditions’ National Winners’ Education Fund at Liszt Hall at Lincoln Center and was awarded $3,000, as well as free coachings with several Metropolitan Opera coaches as part of the prize for continued study. In February, Jordan won first place in the Baltimore Music Club Competition-Professional Division. Jordan won third prize in The Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation’s competition in Rhode Island in December.
She sang the lead soprano role of Nedda in I Pagliacci with Repertory Opera Theater of Washington in March. In April, she was soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “The Resurrection Symphony” at Severance Hall in Cleveland, with the Cleveland Institute of Music orchestra and chorus.
Sze-Long Aaron Wong (BM ’91, Cello) has been appointed to the faculty of Rome Summer Musical Arts (RomeSMARTS), a program designed to develop and promote performance skills in young artists, amateur musicians and music teachers. RomeSMARTS runs from July 16-28.
Kendra Preston Leonard (BM ’95, Cello) recently published “The Lady Vanishes: Vocality and Agency in Cinematic Ophelias,” in The Afterlife of Ophelia, “A Great Desire: Autobiography in Louise Talma’s Early Vocal Works,” Current Musicology, Issue 94/Fall 2012; and “Guides to Writing about Music,” Journal of Music History Pedagogy, Vol. 2, No. 1. (Fall 2011), 2011.
She has recently presented research at the 2012 Society for American Music conference; the 2012 South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference; The Legacy of Milton Babbitt: Post-WW II Serialism in the Americas (2012); and the 2011 American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Conference.
Upcoming publications and presentations include “Towards a Works List for Louise Talma,” Fontes Artis Musicae; “Rosalind’s Musical Identities in Branagh’s and Doyle’s As You Like It,” Upstart Crow; the 2012 International Congress on Medieval Studies; the 2012 Attending to Early Modern Women Conference; and the North American British Music Studies Association 2012 conference.
She has also recently been appointed to the Membership and Professional Development committee of the American Musicological Society and serves as the managing editor of the Journal of Music History Pedagogy.
Ross Crolius (BM ’76, Music Education) was honored at a reception for recent retired Metropolitan Opera choristers at the opera house in April. Ross and his wife Nancy (BM ’72, Music Education) spent 25 years singing full-time with the company.
Chair of Musicology Susan Weiss presented “The Role of Proportions in Composition and Memorization of Isorhythmic Motets” on May 3 and 4 in Basel, Switzerland, with Anna Maria Busse Berger. She will also present “How things got out of hand: Images of memory and learning as a mirror of musical learning in early modern Europe” on July 7 at the International Musicological Society in Rome.