In February, baritone David D. Morrocco (BM ’74, Music Education) presented “Quirky February Songs: Songs with a Twist for a ‘Fab Feb’ Afternoon” at Villa Assumpta in Baltimore as part of the Arts for Hearts’ Sake series founded by Ernest Ragogini (MM ’63, DMA ’75, Piano). Dr. Morrocco introduced each song with interesting and little-known background information and then accompanied himself on the piano, guitar, or accordion. In addition, Dr. Morrocco currently teaches full time at Notre Dame of Maryland University in the School of Education.
OrchKids, a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra outreach program directed by faculty member Dan Trahey (BM ’00, Tuba, Music Education), was featured in an piece by WYPR titled Opportunity can be everything. The piece highlights Orch Kids’ mission to provide an example for what students can achieve when they apply and believe in themselves through the study of music. Read the full article here.
Joe Buono (BM ’13, MM ’15, Bass Trombone) has been commissioned by a consortium to write a piece for solo trombone and piano. The consortium includes members of orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, and Atlanta Symphony. The piece will be premiered at the Arkansas Trombone Workshop on February 25 by Dr. Cory Mixdorf.
Doctoral candidate John Ehrenburg (BM ’11, Trumpet) will be on the trumpet faculty at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md. Mr. Ehrenburg studied with Joe Burgstaller, Edward Hoffman, Phil Snedecor, David Fedderly, and Harlan Parker.