Neomonology – a solo recording by faculty artist Jeffrey Weisner (MM ’95, Double Bass) features three world premieres of new solo pieces for bass by faculty artists Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) and David Smooke (MM ’95, Composition) and former faculty artist Armando Bayolo. The album, on the innova recordings label, was recorded at Peabody by Ed Tetrault and is partially funded by a Faculty Development Grant.
Phillip Bush (BM ’81, Piano) was appointed associate professor of piano and chamber music at the University of South Carolina, beginning in the 2012-13 academic year. He also just completed his sixth season this past summer as music director of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference in Vermont, the largest and oldest program in the nation for amateur chamber musicians to study with professional concert artists.
Audrey Babcock (BM ’00, Voice) has performed as Erika in a new production of Vanessa at Sarasota Opera, followed by Madama Butterfly at Tulsa Opera, Maddalena in Rigoletto at Opera Saratoga, and Carmen at Florentine Opera. She was reunited with Vera Danchenko in a concert at the Austrian Embassy in mid-spring followed by a concert for Syracuse Opera, the premiere of La Reina with American Opera Projects at the Opera America Conference in Philadelphia and will perform Sweeney Todd with Syracuse Opera, Feb. 8-17, 2013.
Tong Chen (GPD ’11, Conducting) won sixth prize in International Malko Young Conductor’s Competition in Copenhagen, Denmark, in May. Early in April. Chen was named the 2012 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship selected by Maestro Kurt Masur, the former music director New York Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
Co-director of the graduate conducting program Markand Thakar was the guest conductor for the West Coast Youth Orchestra Festival. On June 29, he directed the West Coast Youth Festival Orchestra, a combination group, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.