Alex Wang (MM ’17, Computer Music) became an Ableton Certified Trainer. He offers private and group lessons for various abilities, both over Skype and in person. Wang offers lessons in English and Mandarin, and is based in Shanghai.
Jeremy C. Baguyos (MM ’05, Computer Music) received an Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Alumni Association in honor of distinguished teaching in the classroom. The award was presented Thursday, April 12, during UNO’s Faculty Honors Convocation. Baguyos is an associate professor of music, music technology, and interdisciplinary informatics (IT Innovation).
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) has announced winners of their Individual Artist Award, which include Peabody alumni and faculty. Faculty artist Blake Meister (BM ’08, Jazz Double Bass), incoming faculty artist Kris Funn, and alumni Todd Simon (BM ’07, Jazz Piano) and Patrick McMinn (MM ’12, Computer Music) all received top prizes in their categories. Samuel Burt (MM ’05, Composition), Byung Kang (BM ’14, GPD ’16, Jazz Percussion), and Russell Kirk (BM ’05, Jazz Saxophone) were awarded second prizes. Third prizes were awarded to Adam Rosenblatt (BM ’10, Percussion; KSAS BS ’10, Molecular/Cellular Biology) and incoming faculty artist Warren Wolf, vibes.
Peabody junior Anthony Peña, studying recording arts and computer music, has signed his recording group June Pastel with The Native Sound, an independent recording label. Their album will be released this summer, and features Peabody students, including jazz pianist Troy Long, jazz percussionist Kayin Scanterbury, Sean McFarland (’17, Composition), and John Murphy. This group will also be on an East Coast Tour in March.
Bijan Olia (BM ’11, MM ’12, Computer Music) was nominated for a Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for his work on Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain as music editor. The winners will be announced on Sunday, February 18.