Sergio Cervetti (BM ’67, Composition) will release a new album, PARALLEL REALMS – XXI Century Works for Orchestra, on March 8, 2019. This will be the eighth Cervetti Navona Records album and features spellbinding 21st century works for orchestra.
Patricia Melcher Bissell (TC ’59, BM ’60, Piano; BM ’64, Composition) has recently had her book “Classroom Keyboard: Play and Create Melodies with Chords” published by the National Association for Music Education through Rowman & Littlefield.
Composition department chair Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) has been named a Gilman Scholar. Hersch joins four other Johns Hopkins faculty members in this honor that distinguishes and celebrates select Johns Hopkins faculty who embody the highest standards of scholarship and research across the university.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s performance of composition department chair Michael Hersch’s (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) violin concerto with the International Contemporary Ensemble was selected as the Best Violin Concerto of 2018 by Sequenza21. It was also listed as one of New York Music Daily’s 50 Best Albums of 2018 list and Anearful’s Best of 2018: Classical.
Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition; MM ’12, Music Theory Pedagogy) has had a number of exciting projects in recent months. “Rivers of Air” was commissioned by a consortium of 17 university wind ensembles in North America and was premiered in November by the Capital University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Jeff Gershman. The Santa Fe Desert Chorale performed “Come to the Woods” this summer. Runestad conducted Kantorei, an ensemble in Colorado, in a concert of his pieces in the fall. Grammy-nominated True Concord Voices & Orchestra performed his extended work for piano, chorus, and orchestra “Dreams of the Fallen” as well, in three moving performances. Finally, he completed two residences with West Virginia University and Oklahoma State University.