Bijan Olia (BM ’11, MM ’12, Computer Music) premiered his piece Streicher, Tasti et Bizarreries for piano quartet, melodica, and toy piano at the Theatricum Botanicum alongside pieces by Danny Elfman, Harry Gregson-Williams, and Michael A. Levine on September 28 in a concert presented by Composer Collective. The venue, in Topanga, Calif., is outside, providing a unique performance experience for Olia’s piece.
James Young (DMA ’14, Composition), Tyrone Page (BM ’16, MM ’18 Saxophone; BM ’16, Music Education), and Matthew Sullivan (BM ‘17, Computer Music) released an album, “True Fluorescent Skeleton” in October on Ehse Records. The album was reviewed by Kevin Baldwin on I Care If You Listen, and it is currently available on Band Camp.
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.