Andrew Cooperstock (DMA ’88) performed with the National Symphony of Ghana and taught at the University of Ghana Legon in March. He will serve as U.S. judge for the National Giant Cup Art Talent Contest in Shenzhen, China, this summer, as well as for the Iowa Piano Competition and the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition, sponsored by the American Liszt Society.
Michael Kurth (BM ’93, Double Bass), a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, was invited by ASO Music Director Robert Spano to compose one of 10 celebratory fanfares to mark Spano’s decade with the orchestra. The piece, May Cause Dizziness, Kurth’s first work for full orchestra, was premiered by the ASO on Mar. 31.
Round and Round, a new work for violin, cello, and piano 4-hands by composer Charles Halka (BM ’06, Piano; MM ’08, Composition and Music Theory Pedagogy), was premiered in March at the historic Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress. The work was inspired by a little-known composition by the great American patron Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge as well as her correspondence with composer Rebecca Clarke, whose work also appeared on the program.
Three Peabody students, all from the studio of of Phyllis Bryn-Julson, won prizes in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Mid-Atlantic Regional Vocal Competition, held at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., on Apr. 1 and 2. First-place for college senior went to Marie Marquis, also a student of William Sharp. Sarah Hayashi and Francesca Di Domenico placed second and third respectively in the college sophomore category.
Lindsay Thompson Roush (BM ’09, MM ’10) won first place in the Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artist Performance Competition. The competition took place in Milwaukee at the MTNA National Conference, March 26 to 30.