Alysia Lee (MM ’06, Voice) has been accepted from an international pool of applicants to the New England Conservatory in the third class of the Abreu Fellows Program. The program has two primary goals: to educate 10 people each year to make significant and sustainable contributions to the growth of the El Sistema movement in the United States and, through that work, to contribute knowledge and artifacts that are of use to others interested in growing El Sistema throughout the world. Upon completion of the Abreu Fellowship, graduates of the program work on behalf of The El Sistema movement, preferably in the U.S., for at least one year. Lee will have a four-week U.S. internship (which includes three weeks in Juneau, Alaska) and a six-week Venezuela internship.
Amy Scurria (MM ’98, Composition) is working on an opera entitled Pearl with conductor Sara Jobin and librettist and feminist author Carol Gilligan and her son Jonathan Gilligan. The opera is a sequel to Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter. It will be workshopped next summer at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass.
Graduate Performance Diploma candidate Kristina Lewis (MM ’11, Voice) has won an Opera Index 2011 Encouragement Grant. The competition was held at Merkin Concert Hall in New York.