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, 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 http://www.thebco.org/conductingworkshop.
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).
Mark Mandarano (MM ’91, Conducting) has joined the Macalester College Music Department, in St. Paul, Minn., as a tenure-track assistant professor and director of instrumental activities.
Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Chen Zhangyi (MM ’11, Composition) was one of three composers selected for the 2012 Cabrillo Festival and Conductor’s Guild Composer/Conductor Workshop at Santa Cruz, Calif. Festival mentors include Behzad Ranjbaran, Marin Alsop, and Gustav Meier. Chen’s Sand Sketches for the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra was performed three times. The conductors were Ankush Bahl of the National Symphony Orchestra, Matthew Brown (MM ’05, Conducting) music director of the International Conductors’ Festival, and Juga Cohler from the Julliard School.