This fall, faculty composer Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) began an 18-month composer residency, “The Sounds Between,” at the Dallas Chamber Symphony, the city’s only professional chamber orchestra. In January, three newly-commissioned works will be performed in a mid-residency concert at the Dallas City Performance Hall, including a multi-movement work titled “Crossroads” for DCS and Dallas Street Choir. Richard McKay (DMA ’11, Conducting) is the DCS’ artistic director and conductor and was Buchanan’s contemporary in the Peabody DMA program.
On Friday, September 8, at 7:00 pm, Two Cities, a vocal duo with soprano Melissa Wimbish (GPD ’11, Voice; GPD ’14, Chamber Ensemble) and mezzo-soprano Elspeth Davis (MM ’06, Voice) will perform with Hui-Chuan Chen (MM ’06, DMA ’14, Piano), as part of season two of Thrive Music Live. Two Cities was created to take a new look at early and traditional music, as well as expand the repertoire of contemporary music written for two female voices.
Lydia Bunn (MM ’09, Viola) recently won the co-principal viola position with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico.
Community Concerts at Second in Baltimore has announced its 2017-18 season and several Peabody alumni are featured soloists: Felix Hell (AD ’07, MM ’08, DMA ’16, Organ) on September 24, bass-baritone Robert Cantrell (MM ’90, GPD ’92, Voice) on November 12, Alon Goldstein (GPD ’95, MM ’96, Piano) on March 11, all at 3:30 pm. Other alumni will perform on the Chamber Music by Candelight concerts throughout the season.
Faculty composer Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) and librettist Caitlin Vincent (MM ’09, Voice) win the $25,000 Sackler Prize for Music Composition from the University of Connecticut. The collaboration is a one-hour opera to be premiered in 2019, focusing on Bessie Coleman, the first female African-American aviator, and Ma Ferguson, the first female governor of Texas. The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize offers a $25,000 cash prize, recordings, and substantial recognition including public performances. The competition will be an biennial event rotating among specific areas of the musical arts. These include: jazz ensemble, choir, opera, wind ensemble, orchestra, children’s choir, chamber ensemble, solo instrument, voice, and electronic music.