Jordan Thomas (BM ’13, MM ’15, Harp) was named the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association’s 2017-18 Civic Scholar. He is currently the principal harpist for the the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Anastasia Pike (MM ’07, Harp), a former student of Jeanne Chalifoux, presented a workshop at the American Harp Society’s Summer Institute in Northfield, Minn. Pike also gave a recital as part of her harp and voice duo, the Élan Ensemble.
Jacqueline Pollauf (BM ’06, Harp; MM ’07, Harp Pedagogy) is the founder, director, and sole instructor at the annual weeklong Baltimore Harp Camp. Since 2009, the camp has offered children ages 8 to 18 who are interested in honing their skills as harpists a one-week intensive day camp that exposes them to playing in a harp ensemble; teaches them music theory, history, and ear training; and entertains them with guest musicians. Pollauf and her program were featured in a story in The Baltimore Sun, Timonium woman operates unique summer camp for aspiring harpists.
Anastasia Pike (MM ’07, Harp), a former student of Jeanne Chalifoux, led a harp circle workshop at Wilmington Harp Day, sponsored by the Coastal Carolina Chapter of the American Harp Society on June 17th. She also performed works from Jane Austen’s personal songbook along with the Élan Ensemble and Elissa Edwards.
Alumna Yameng Wang (MM ’08, GPD ’11, Guitar) and faculty artists David Smooke (MM ’95, Composition) and Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) have each been awarded $6,000 in Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards. Faculty artist Manuel Barrueco (BM ’75, Guitar) and Jacqueline Pollauf (BM ’06, MM ’07, Harp) were each awarded $3,000. Keesun Kwon (BM ’01, Voice) was awarded $1,000. The Maryland State Arts Council’s annual Individual Artist Award recognizes the importance of artists and their works of excellence to the cultural vibrancy of Maryland.