Alumnus Zach Herchen (BM ’07, MM ’09, Saxophone; BM ’06, Recording Arts) and Elisabeth Halliday (BA ’07, German) have released a self-produced album of music for voice and saxophone. Emerging Voices pairs the music of Lori Laitman with commissioned works by Kathleen Bader, Adam Knauss (MM ’08, Music Theory, Composition), and George Lam (MM ’05, Music Theory, Composition). The CD was mastered by Peabody faculty member Michael MacDonald.
Graduate Performance Diploma candidate Petrit Çeku (GPD ’11, Guitar), a student of Manuel Barrueco, won first prize in the Maurizio Biasini International Classical Guitar Competition, held Oct. 10–16, in Bologna, Italy. The competition concluded with a concert with orchestra in the final round. The first prize consisted of a cash award and the opportunity to perform two concerts in Bologna and in Basel.
Ian Rosenbaum (BM ’08, Percussion) has been chosen as one of 12 new members of CMS Two. The program provides a three year residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for performers in the early stages of their careers.
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.