In July, senior Jasmine Hogan, DMA candidate Cameron Huster, and GPD candidate Shuang Liu attended the USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington, Ind., and gave a presentation about new music with harp department chair Ruth Inglefield, who is the head of the composition competition associated with the harp competition. The students performed the pieces composed by the prize winners and spoke about the process of learning some avant-garde music. Along with these pieces, they played other compositions that merited acknowledgement in the harp community, but did not gain a prize from the pool of over 70 submitted pieces. They have been invited to give this presentation at the World Harp Congress in Vancouver, July 24-30, 2011.
On July 17, senior En-Hua Chang gave a solo recital at Song Ying Hall at the Tainan Theological College in Taiwan. This spring, she also worked with Shuang Liu and Cameron Huster in an outreach program teaching harp students at the Mother Seton School in Baltimore.
Sophomore Jordan Thomas will be attending the Saratoga Harp Colony and studying with Elizabeth Hainen, Philadelphia Orchestra’s principle harpist. He will also have the opportunity to participate in master classes with Judy Loman, the former principal harpist for the Toronto Symphony who teaches at the Curtis Institute.
Works by composition faculty members Michael Hersch and Kevin Puts will be featured at this summer’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, Ca. The world premiere of Hersch’s Symphony No. 3, commissioned by the festival, will be performed on opening night, August 6. On August 14, Puts will make his Cabrillo debut as a soloist, playing his own piano concerto, Night. The festival’s music director is Marin Alsop, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director and a distinguished visiting artist at Peabody.