Kendra Preston Leonard Premieres Many Works Reply

kendra leonardKendra Preston Leonard (BM ’95, Cello) has had many premieres and performances of her work in 2020. “Strawberry Man” commissioned and performed by Arwen Myers was released in April 2020, Fire and Dust premiered at the 2020 N.E.O. Voice Festival, Protectress, a full-length opera collaboration with Jessica Rudman based on Leonard’s novella was a part of the American Opera Project’s First Glimpse program. Par for the Course was premiered by Rhymes with Opera, Sense of Self, with music by Lisa Neher, will be premiered by Opera Elect. Leonard published her first collection of poetry called Making Mythology and also published the book Music for the Kingdom of Shadows: Cinema Accompaniment in the Age of Spiritualism.

Three Awarded Prizes in Mount Vernon Virtuosi Online Cello Competition Reply

Jorge GimenezThree cello students were awarded prizes in the Mount Vernon Virtuosi Online Cello Competition. Junior Jorge Giménez was awarded first place with a cash prize of $1,000 and an appearance with the Mount Vernon Virtuosi in the 2020-21 season. Second year Master’s student Natalia Vilchis was awarded second place and senior Mafalda Santos was awarded third prize. The Mount Vernon Virtuosi Online Cello Competition is a competition for students in Maryland started by cello faculty member Amit Peled.