Harmony of Virginia, founded by Shelley Greene (BM ’92, Harp), was selected a 2021 A-List Wedding Vendor by Richmond Magazine and one of three Top Wedding Industry Vendors in the Best Service Provider for Small or Backyard Weddings Category and in the LGBTQ-Friendly Vendor Category. Harmony of Virginia has been offering live music for virtual weddings as well as in-person events. Greene founded Harmony Of Virginia, a company for her services as a soloist harpist that promotes and facilitates the hiring of other professional African-American musicians.
Duo Sila – Christina Manceor (MM ’17, Percussion) and Amanda Dame (MM ’19, Flute) – released their inaugural album, Traditions Reimagined, on February 26, 2021. The album explores the infusion of international music traditions within 20th Century music. They will host a virtual album release party on Sunday, February 28.
The Boston Chamber Symphony, including alumni Avlana Eisenberg (GPD ’08, Conducting), music director, and Brian Bunnell (BM ’03, Music Education; PC ’03, Trumpet), trumpet, created a multimedia presentation about the life and music of African-American composer William Grant Still.
Professor Manuel Barrueco (BM ’75, Guitar) is featured in the March/April 2021 issue of Acoustic Guitar. In the article, Barrueco talks about his new album Music from Cuba and Spain, Sierra: Sonata Para Guitarra.
Nicholas Bentz (BM ’17, Composition, Violin; MM ’18, Violin), Bobby Ge (MM ’20, Composition), and Daniel Reza Sabzghabaei (MM ’17, Composition) have all been named Copland House CULTIVATE fellows. As fellows, they will participate in a week-long creative workshop and mentoring program in June centered around a composition commissioned by Copland House.