A new book by Markand Thakar, co-director of the graduate conducting program, was recently published by the University of Rochester Press. Looking for the “Harp” Quartet: An Investigation into Musical Beauty is a philosophical tour through the experience of beauty taking the form of a dialogue between a music student and his teacher.
The Mid-West Book Review calls the book “an exercise in academic excellence and a seminal contribution for personal, professional, and academic Classical Music Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.”
The American Library Association describes it as “a thoughtful inquiry into the nature of beauty and the aesthetic experience.”
The Berkshire Review calls it an …”immensely stimulating and rewarding book…”
Jim Stopher (DMA ’11) has been appointed the new director of the Joliet Symphony Orchestra.
Ken Lam (MM ’08) has been appointed music director of the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestras. He has also been appointed orchestra director at Montclair State University, beginning this fall.
Ken Lam (MM ’08) won the Memphis International Conducting Competition. Lam took home a cash prize and will have the opportunity to conduct the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in a concert next October. Ten contestants were selected from 236 applications representing 35 countries and 30 states in the U.S. The competition included three rounds over two days. Lam, a native of Hong Kong, is assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Lee Mills (GPD ’11) will be the 2011-2012 Peabody-BSO Conducting Fellow. Mills will make his BSO debut at Artscape, conducting works by Mozart and Vaughan Williams on July 16.