Andy Mitchell (BM ’96, MM ’98, Guitar) composed Linear Singularity, a composition about the growth of Artificial Intelligence as represented by music. The piece was dedicated to Matt Palmer, who performed the world premiere on March 6, 2021 through the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society.
Sarah Hoover (DMA ‘08, Voice), Associate Dean for Innovation, Interdisciplinary Partnerships and Community Initiatives, publishes her first book Music As Care: Artistry in the Hospital Environment on May 3, 2021.
Laura Strickling (MM ’06, Voice) has announced “The 40@40 Project” in which she has commissioned 40 new art songs from 40 composers. Each commissioned piece is two to five minutes in length scored for soprano and piano. Strickling said of the project “the 40@40 Project is the beginning of a personal mission to commission with intentionality and to encourage and help other performing musicians (or music lovers!) to do the same.”
CNSNC (Consonance) Collective – Zach Gulaboff Davis (DMA ’19, Composition), Daniel Despins (MM ’20, Composition), Bobby Ge (MM’ 20, Composition), Gu Wei (DMA ’20, Composition), and composition DMA candidate Seo Yoon Soyoona Kim – released their inaugural album, Hearing Stars, in March. A collaboration with Bergamot Quartet and the Space Telescope Science Institute, the album features five compositions for string quartet, inspired by the Hubble Space Telescope’s iconic imagery.
Robert Soma-Lewis (BM ’04, Saxophone; BM ’05, Recording Arts) recently collaborated with noted violinist and London Contemporary Orchestra member Galya Bisengalieva as mixing engineer for her debut LP Aralkum, released on One Little Independent Records. The album has received wide critical acclaim, including write-ups from Pitchfork, Bandcamp Daily, FACT Magazine, Composer Magazine (Spitfire Audio), and others.