An article in The Baltimore Sun highlights Peabody alumni and faculty artists Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) and Benjamin Buchanan (MM ’14, Composition; MM ’15, Music Theory Pedagogy) and their work with Voices Rise. Voices Rise is a choir hosted by Paul’s Place, an outreach center in Pigtown. The brothers began the choir in February with the help of a $14,500 Dean’s Incentive Grant from Peabody. The choir is still small, but they plan to use the funds from the grant to provide gift cards to those who participate in the choir, as well as recruiting. The choir is modeled after the Dallas Street Choir and is made up of visitors and volunteers of Paul’s Place in southwest Baltimore.
Daniel Sabzghabaei (MM ’17, Composition) has been commissioned to write two new pieces for Minneapolis’ premier choral ensemble VocalEssence as part of a six-month one-on-one composer mentorship with Timothy Takach. The first piece will be specifically written for high school voices and will be premiered at Minnesota American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota Conference, November 17 and 18. The second piece will be premiered in the spring at McNally Smith College.
Frances Pollock (MM ’15, Voice) has been selected as one of six composers to participate in Composers & the Voice, a two-year training program where composers, librettists, and singers collaborate to create new vocal works. This season’s artistic chairs for the program include Ricky Ian Gordon, Davit T. Little, Missy Mazzoli, Tobias Picker, Stephen Schwartz, and Gregory Spears.
Composition Department Chair Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) will give the European premiere of his The Vanishing Pavilions, Book 1 on Saturday, October 14, at 5:30 pm. It will take place at Festival Dag in de Branding at The Hague, Netherlands.
Master’s composition student Camila Agosto will have a work performed at Columbia University’s Maison Française on Friday, September 22 at 7:30 pm, as part of a collective show presenting works that explore the intersection within interdisciplinary arts. She was also commissioned by Miller Theatre at Columbia University to compose a new work to be premiered during one of their pop-up concerts on Tuesday, October 24 featuring clarinetists Joshua Rubin and Vasko Dukovski.