Jonathan Wagstaff, a Master of Music candidate studying with Steve Rainbolt, performed the role of Tirésie in Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera Naïs, as a Britten-Pears Young Artist in the Snape Proms in the UK. The opera was conducted by the renowned French-baroque harpsichordist and director Christophe Rousset.
Michael Compitello (BM ’07, Percussion) has been appointed interim lecturer in percussion at Cornell University, where he will direct Cornell’s percussion ensembles—the Cornell University Steel Band and the World Drum and Dance Ensemble—and coordinate the school’s Percussion Department. Compitello will also be interim lecturer in percussion at UMass Amherst, where he will teach private lessons and direct the school’s percussion ensemble.
Laura Virella (BM ’03, Voice) was chosen to sing in a master class with Christa Ludwig, where she was interviewed by a reporter from the Kleine Zeitung newspaper. She performed the final trio from Der Rosenkavalier with the AIMS Graz Orchestra, led by Mo. Gerrit Prießnitz, and soprano Linda Watson as the Marchallin. A great review came out in the Kleine Zeitung as well. She also participated in operetta concerts, coached by Wayne Wyman and Dorit Hanak.
Emily Koh (MM ’11, Composition) is one of the winners of the Barlow Commission this year. For the commission, she’ll be writing for the Lunar Ensemble, which is made up of Peabody alumni.
Tim Hartman (BM ’03, Saxophone; BM ’04, Recording Arts) accepted a position as a high school math teacher at Carver Vocational Technical High School in Baltimore City and will be teaching PreCalculus and AP Statistics.