Soprano Annie Gill (GPD ’08) won first place in the Kentucky Opera Idol Competition on Sept. 17 in Morehead, Ky. Gill won all three components: judges’ decision, audience choice, and online. She will perform the role of Kate Pinkerton in Baltimore Opera Theatre’s production of Madama Butterfly on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Hippodrome Theatre.
Maracaípe by Sergio Assad has been nominated for a Latin GRAMMY as the Best Classical Contemporary Composition. The work was written for and dedicated to the Beijing Guitar Duo (GPD candidates Meng Su and Yameng Wang), recorded on their CD with the same name, and released on Tonar Music. The 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be on Nov. 11 and broadcast live on the Univision Network from 8:00 pm.
A recording by Emily Watkins Freudigman (GPD ’99) with Camerata San Antonio, Salon Buenos Aires: Music by Miguel del Aguila, has been nominated for two Latin GRAMMYs – Best Classical Album and Best Classical Contemporary Composition (for Clocks from Salon Buenos Aires). Camerata San Antonio, founded in 2003 by Freudigman and her husband Ken Freudigman, is a flexible chamber ensemble now entering its eighth season of presenting imaginative chamber music in South Texas.
Senior Kelsey Tamayo attended the 2010 Summer Orford Academy Orchestra, Orford, Montreal, Canada. Tamayo was one of only four percussionists accepted through an international audition process. She received a full tuition music scholarship under the baton of Music Director Kent Nagano from the Bavarian State Opera Symphony, Munich, Germany, and Jorg Widmann, composer and clarinet soloist. The four week festival consisted of a number orchestra performances along with masterclasses and lessons with European University music professors.
In addition to attending the summer festival, Tamayo performed a marimba duet with Maiko Ono from Mannes College of Music, which will be featured on Canadian TV. Tamayo also worked and studied with conductor Jean Francois Rivest, percussionist Andre Malashenko of the Montreal Symphony, and percussionist Robert Leroux, department head of percussion at Universite of Montreal.
Helen Callus (GPD ’94) recorded the complete works for viola and orchestra by Gordon Jacob with the BBC Concert Orchestra in London. She also recorded a new work written for her by Rachel Matthews (MM’91, DMA ’94, Piano) which recently won the top prize in the American Viola Society’s Maurice Gardner Composition Competition. Last September, she recorded the complete Bach Suites in Domaine Forget, Quebec, for Canada’s independent record company, Analekta.
Callus has also been busy making guest appearances with the Tokyo and Juilliard String Quartets; in studio live radio appearances for Performance Today and Saint Paul Sunday.
Recently awarded full professorship at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she has taught over 40 master classes at conservatories around the country including the Cleveland Institute, New England Conservatory, Rice School of Music, Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music and residencies at Indiana University and the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Past president of the American Viola Society, she continues to be active as an advocate for the viola with articles published in Strings magazine and other publications. Her web site, www.HelenCallus.com, is being re-launched this fall.