Harry Oehler (BM ’16, Trombone, Music Education; MM ’18, Trombone) has been named principal bass trombone of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra in Johnstown, Penn.
The Preparatory’s Tuned-In Wind Brass Percussion Congregation, led by faculty artist Dan Trahey (BM ’00, Tuba, Music Education), will travel to Detroit, Mich. for a week of collaborations, performances, and classes. They will experience partnerships with the Detroit Symphony, Detroit African American Culture Museum, Detroit’s Juneteenth Celebration, and many local artists as well as an educational week long workshop with Accent Pontiac where Preparatory students will be leading classes and conducting the students. The group will be in Detroit June 17-21.
Doctoral candidate Rachel O’Connor, horn, has arrived in Chile to carry out her Presser Award project, and was featured in a local newspaper. The article outlines what she will be doing in her time in Chile and gives some of her background.
Doctoral candidate Rachel O’Connor, horn, has been awarded the $10,000 Presser Graduate Music Award. Her project aims to fund a teaching artistry and performance tour focused on enriching musical communities in La Paz, Bolivia; Panguipulli, Chile; and Durango, Mexico; through brass pedagogy and performance training. At these locations, she will partner with established music schools to enhance their training on the horn, a highly specialized instrument. She plans to offer lessons, training, concerts, and seminars for a variety of ages and skill levels.
Richard Antoine White (BM ’96, Tuba) is the subject of a documentary film called “R.A.W. Tuba.” The film chronicles White’s journey from being a homeless child in West Baltimore to his successes as the first African American to earn a doctorate in music for tuba performance. The film will be pre-screened at Baltimore School for the Arts, where White began his music education, on Friday, February 8 at 7:00 pm and on Saturday, February 8, at 2:00 pm. Both screenings will include a Q&A with White and the filmmakers about his story.