Faculty artist Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) will have several performances of his piece my heart comes undone on the West Coast and in the Midwest over the next two months. Director of LAUNCHPad and faculty artist Zane Forshee, guitar, will perform the piece on electric guitar on March 16 in Bellingham, Wash., March 18 in Seattle Wash., and on April 13 in St. Louis, Mo. Eric Byers, cello, will perform the piece on March 13 in Joshua Tree, Calif., and on March 19 in Los Angeles. Finally, Tim Sherren, electric guitar, will perform the piece in San Francisco on March 17. These concerts vary in ticket price, but all feature great music in unique spaces.
Josh Armenta (MM ’14 Composition; MM ’15 Computer Music) premiered a new piece on Saturday, February 9 with Indianapolis Opera. The piece, Ice Shall Cover Nineveh, was commissioned by the company and celebrated the 35th season of Chorus Master John Schmid. It involved soloists and a chamber choir and appeared on a robust program of opera choruses.
Doctoral candidate Sun-Young “Sunny” Park, composition, is the director of the South Korean section of the Asia-America New Music Institute (AANMI). AANMI is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cultural exchange between Asia and the Americas through the creation and performance of new music concerts and allows audiences to experience key narratives at the intersections of Asian and American cultures, past and present. Angel Lam (MM ’03, DMA ’11, Composition; MM ’05, Music Theory) and a number of other Peabody students and alumni are also involved in AANMI. Recently, the institute went on a two-week tour of America, Japan, and South Korea that included concerts, workshops, lectures, and outreach events. AANMI has also released an album on Delos Music called “Transcendent,” which features Park’s music. Park was also recently commissioned by Ebb & Flow Arts and travelled to Hawaii to view rehearsals and the performance of her piece, Heem, as well as a speaking engagement on Hawaii Public Radio.
Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition; MM ’12, Music Theory Pedagogy) has been awarded the Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission from the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), an honor he now shares with Dominick Argento, Gian Carlo Menotti, and Eric Whitacre among others. His piece A Silence Haunts Me uses text from Beethoven’s Heiligenstadt Testament, adapted by Todd Boss, and will be premiered on Friday, March 1, at the ACDA National Conference in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. The world premiere of the piece will be performed by Capital University Chapel Choir, conducted by Dr. Lynda Hasseler. An article about the piece and Runestad’s life by Jonathan Talberg was published in the February 2019 issue of Choral Journal.
Faculty artist Du Yun, composition, received a review from the premiere of her piece Where We Lost Our Shadows in The Guardian.