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.
Mark McCoy (MM ’92), a noted educator and composer, has been appointed dean of the DePauw University School of Music, effective August 1.
Murry Sidlin (BM ’62, Music Education; MM ’68, Instrumental Conducting), recipient of the 2011 Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award, will conduct a full performance of the Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Choir on the grounds of the former concentration camp at Terezin, Czech Republic on June 12. Sidlin is the founder and president of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, which sponsors the Rafael Schächter Institute for the Arts and Humanities that will offer several weeks of lectures, seminars, panels, and artistic presentations in June.
Senior Jasmine Hogan will travel to China for nine months and be affiliated with China Conservatory in Beijing. Hogan, who speaks fluent Mandarin, will transcribe traditional Chinese Konghou music for the modern pedal harp and study Chinese traditional instruments.
Hogan has won a Fulbright Award for the project as well as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Baltimore Rotary Club and Rotary District 7620.