Composer Daniel Reza Sabzghabaei (MM ’17, Composition) was recently selected to participate in the Choral Art Program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Alberta, Canada. This tuition-free program brings together a select group of composers, conductors, and choirs for an intensive workshop that explores the creation and presentation of choral music in the 21st century. From February 11 – March 2, Sabzghabaei will be in residence at the Banff Centre, working with Pro Coro Canada, conducted by Michael Zaugg, composer Tarik O’Regan, and Swedish conductor Lone Larsen.
Gu Wei (MM ’17, Composition) and Mi Zhou (MM ’18, Organ) were selected as one of the four composer/organist pairs by the American Guild of Organists (AGO) for their Student Commissioning Project 2019. The project is AGO’s most recent new music venture, with the initiative of creating new repertoire for the organ. The pair will produce a new organ piece to be premiered in Spring 2019, followed by another performance in the same year.
Ah Young Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice) made her directing debut in a performance of Michael Hersch’s (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) On the Threshold of Winter at the Corcoran Music Festival, which began last weekend. The performance was reviewed in The Washington Post by Anne Midgette, who praised the performance for its humanity and truth.
Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10, Composition) will return to the Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF) to serve as one of two distinguished guest composers during the festival, which runs July 22 through July 27, 2019. She will be teaching and consulting with the resident composers and ensemble in celebration of the festival’s tenth year. Kirsten was part of the festival’s first group of resident composers in 2010. The MICF features three public concerts of music from contemporary composers, as well as workshops, master classes, and other events.
Mark Lackey (MM ’02, DMA ’09, Composition) will release his debut album, Fairy Tale, on November 2. The centerpiece of the album is the 13-minute chamber work Fairy Tale for flute, guitar, cello, and percussion, imaginatively paired with electronic remixes of that recording by Julian Date (the composer’s alter-ego) and features Caleb Vaughn-Jones (PC ’06, Cello), Mark Edwards (MM ’09, GPD ’11, Guitar), Marissa LaBant (BM ’04, Flute), and faculty artist Edward Tetreault (MM ’05, Recording Arts) as recording engineer. This piece was recorded in Peabody’s Freidberg Hall. Other pieces on the album include Outside the Bluebird and Starscapes.