Joseph Young (AD ’09, Conducting), Peabody’s Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Artistic Director of Ensembles, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of New Music USA. Of his appointment he said, “during this very significant time in our musical history, I hope to offer my diverse perspectives as an educator and music director while New Music USA continues to look at new areas for growth.”
Conducting master’s student Leondard Weiss is a recipient of the 2020 Churchill Fellowship Award. With support from the Churchill Trust, Weiss has been invited to act as assistnt conducor to Marin Alsop at Chicago Symphony’s Ravinia Festival, Toby Purser at Vienna Opera Academy, and Nicholas Carter at Santa Fe Opera.
PROTESTRA, a music ensemble founded by Michelle Rofrano (MM ’16, Conducting), created a virtual performance of Florence Price’s Symphony No. 4 in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The ensemble aims to highlight social justice issues through classical music performances. Alumni Clifton Guidry (BM ’18, Bassoon) and Jordan Thomas (BM ’13, MM ’15, Harp) performed for the recording.
Jamie Reeves (DMA ’20, Conducting) was recently appointed director of orchestral studies at the University of Alabama.
Marin Alsop, director of graduate conducting, was featured in a New York Times piece, ‘We Can’t Do Our Craft’: Conductors Contend With the Pandemic, on June 26. The article states that Alsop “has been working with the school to develop virtual reality tools for podium-deprived conducting students.”