DMA candidate Chen Zhangyi (MM ’10, Composition) conducted the Japanese premiere of his orchestral work Rain Tree with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Asian Music Festival 2011 this summer. Prior to that, Rain Tree was read by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop.
Senior Peter Drackley, who studies with Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and alumnus William Davenport (BM ’11) are two of the four finalists in the Mario Lanza Competition. They will perform at the 50th Mario Lanza Ball in Philadelphia on Nov. 6.
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.