Faculty and alumni involved in ‘RENGA:Cage:100’ performance Reply

Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) was one of 100 composers invited to contribute a few seconds of music to a work entitled RENGA:Cage:100, marking the centenary of John Cage, by Chicago’s outstanding Third Coast Percussion. The piece will was previewed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and premiered in its entirety on Aug. 9 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Others involved with the work include Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10, Composition), music theory faculty member David Smooke, and former faculty member Oscar Bettison.

Michael Compitello joins faculty at Cornell University and UMass Amherst Reply

Michael Compitello (BM ’07, Percussion) has been appointed interim lecturer in percussion at Cornell University, where he will direct Cornell’s percussion ensembles—the Cornell University Steel Band and the World Drum and Dance Ensemble—and coordinate the school’s Percussion Department. Compitello will also be interim lecturer in percussion at UMass Amherst, where he will teach private lessons and direct the school’s percussion ensemble.

Laura Virella performed in Christa Ludwig master class Reply

Laura Virella (BM ’03, Voice) was chosen to sing in a master class with Christa Ludwig, where she was interviewed by a reporter from the Kleine Zeitung newspaper. She performed the final trio from Der Rosenkavalier with the AIMS Graz Orchestra, led by Mo. Gerrit Prießnitz, and soprano Linda Watson as the Marchallin. A great review came out in the Kleine Zeitung as well. She also participated in operetta concerts, coached by Wayne Wyman and Dorit Hanak.