Andrew Bohman (BM ’20, Composition), Colin Sorgi (BM ’09, GPD ’13, Violin), and David Sexton (BM ’19, Voice; BM ’20, Recording Arts) were interviewed this story in The Baltimore Sun, More than ‘just turning on a camera’: How some of Baltimore’s liveliest classical music livestreams are made, which examined the skills musicians need to live stream concerts.
HOCKET, a cutting edge piano duo based in Los Angeles with Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff (BM ’10, Piano), has commissioned 50 composers to join them in their new project #What2020SoundsLike. 2020 has been a year with unprecedented mental, emotional, physical, and sociological effects. 50 commissioned composers have been invited to musically respond to this year with miniatures written for piano duo performed from from mid-June through September 2020.
Doctoral student Richard Drehoff Jr. (MM ’18, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy) was commissioned by the Dina Koston and Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music in the Library of Congress as part of The Boccaccio Project: A Series of Musical Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic. His piece for solo oboe, shadow of a difference / falling, was written for Andrew Nogal of the Grossman Ensemble. A complete program note and recording is available.
Nicholas Bentz (BM ’17, Composition, Violin; MM ’18, Violin) was awarded the American Prize in Composition for orchestral music, student division, for his piece A Cosmos in Stone, Respawning, commissioned by the Charleston Symphony.
Matteo Belli, a doctoral student of Oscar Bettison, won first prize in Peabody’s Macht Orchestral Composition Competition for his work trame di sangue grigio. Peabody’s Virginian Carty DeLillo Composition Competition had a tie for first place: Cody McVey (MM ’20, Composition), who studied with Du Yun, won with A Scarlet Gap and Belli won for trame di sangue grigio.