Master’s candidate Jonathan Rush, orchestral conducting, participated in the 2018 New York Conducting Workshop Conducting Competition and won 1st place for the Respighi Prize in Conducting. As a result, Rush made his professional orchestra debut with the Chamber Orchestra of New York in the legendary Carnegie Hall on Thursday, June 7. Jonathan Rush is a conducting student of faculty artist and Baltimore Symphony Music Director, Marin Alsop, and Chicago Sinfonietta Music Director, Mei-Ann Chen.
Todd Craven (GPD ’18, Orchestral Conducting) has been appointed assistant conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic. The position will commence in the Fall of 2018.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has announced its New Music Festival that will take place June 20-23. The festival will feature many Peabody faculty artists, including Marin Alsop, conducting; Kevin Puts, composition; and Katherine Needleman, oboe. The festival will include many different events in spaces all over the city, and will conclude with a symphony concert and the world premiere of Moonlight, an oboe concerto by Puts. Faculty artist Du Yun, composition, will also be featured on the concert with her piece “Slow Portraits.”
GPD student Gonzalo Farias, conducting, has been appointed the new assistant conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
Peter Bay (MM ’80, Conducting) has organized and will conduct a production of Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers. The production, in his home of Austin, Texas, will include 300 cast and crew members, the involvement of all of the major performing arts organizations in Austin, and an opening night Gala event featuring the families of Leonard Bernstein and John F. Kennedy. This collaboration of all the major performing arts organizations in Austin is unprecedented. A project of this magnitude has been a lifelong dream of Bay, and comes at a particularly poignant time, the 100th birthday of Bernstein. This production is presented as a part of Bernstein100Austin, and will take place on June 29 and 30 at the Long Center in Austin.