Markand Thakar’s Book Published in Czech Reply

CounterpointCo-director of Peabody’s Conducting program Markand Thakar’s book Counterpoint: Fundamentals of Music Making was recently published in Czech as Kontrapunkt. Základy hudební interpretace. The book was first issued in English as by Yale University Press in 1990. Thakar also conducted concerts with the Chicago College of Performing Arts Orchestra (Roosevelt University) in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall on Jan. 29 and 30.

Brandon Keith Brown won prize in International Conductor’s Competition Reply

Brandon Keith Brown (MM ’11, Conducting) won third prize in the 2012 Georg Solti International Conductor’s Competition in Frankfurt, Germany. Over seven days, he competed against 22 candidates chosen from 405 applicants and 70 countries and received a cash prize of 5000 Euros.

Markand Thakar will present conducting workshop Reply

Markand ThakarMarkand Thakar, co-director of the Conservatory’s graduate conducting program and music director of Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, will present the fourth winter conducting workshop with BCO on Dec. 15-19. The intensive workshop for 21 conductors from around the world will place at Goucher College. A 10-day conducting seminar with BCO will take place in July at the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. For more information, visit

News from Gemma New Reply

Gemma New (MM ’11, Conducting) spent five weeks as one of two Ansbacher Conducting Fellows with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Music Festival, a week with Kurt Masur, and worked with the Baltic Youth Philharmonic. She also reached the semi finals of the LSO Donatella Flick competition in London. New also won first place in the American Prize Awards this year for orchestra conducting (College/University Orchestra division).