Symphony Number One has been named the 2019 Grand Prize winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance. The American Prize recognized the Baltimore group for its 2017-18 season which included 11 concerts, a fourth album, three major world premieres, a hip-hop collaboration, the music of Dan Deacon, 20 total new compositions, and a performance at TEDxMidAtlantic 2017. The group has also announced its fifth season, “BRIDGES,” which will feature a partnership with Morgan State University and music by Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) throughout 2019-20.
Sam Bessen (MM ’17, Horn) was featured on Limelight for his concert series “In the Stacks.” The article highlights the series for its creative and inclusive take on a classical music concert, and mentions its growing popularity.
Stephen A. Slater (GPD ‘15, Horn) accepted a one-year position as second horn of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for this coming 2019-20 season.
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.