Graduate Performance Diploma candidate Catherine Mikelson (BM ’08, Cello) has won the cello position with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. She will join the orchestra in the fall.
Cellist Jason Kim, a bachelor’s degree student of Alison Wells, has won a position with Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, a self-conducted chamber orchestra that performs both chamber orchestra and chamber music repertoire at various venues in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10) was awarded a 12-month Guggenheim Fellowship and a Levy Supplemental Stipend for music composition. Kirsten will compose a large work for the Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the 180 successful candidates were chosen from a group of 3,000 applicants.
In April, Q2—part of Classical 105.9 WQXR—and NPR Music launched a project to determine listeners’ favorite composers under the age of 40. Making the list, compiled from comments on Facebook, Twitter, and the Q2 and NPR Music websites, were alumna Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10), music theory faculty member Joel Puckett, and composition faculty member Kevin Puts. To see the full list, visit npr.org.
Memoirs Between Brothers is a new CD by the Jolley Brothers—Nathan (BM ’09, Jazz Percussion) and Noble Jolley, Jr (BM ’09, Jazz Piano)—paying tribute to their late father was released last month. It’s a collection of 10 original pieces, nine composed by the twins and one by their father.