In 2014, Kitty Yang (MM ’90, DMA ’98, Organ) initiated a concert “United Methodist Choirs Sing for UMCOR Concert.” UMCOR stands for United Methodist Committee On Relief and is now rated number one in charity organizations. Choirs from Springfield, Va., and the surrounding area have presented the concerts in February each year since then. Three music directors lead the combined choirs, and all three music directors are Peabody alumni, Linda Apple Monson (BM ’79, Music Education; MM ’81, DMA ’86, Piano); Louise Wilson (DMA ’95, Organ) and Kitty Yang. This year’s fund was for Puerto Rico hurricane victims. The concert took place on Sunday, February 11, at the Springfield United Methodist Church.
Brian J. Isaac (MM ’14, Music Education) has been appointed the new Artistic Director of the Williamsburg Choral Guild. He will assume this position in July.
Linda Apple Monson (BM ‘79, Music Education; MM ‘81, DMA ‘86, Piano) currently serves as director of the School of Music at George Mason University and the National Association of Schools of Music Commission. Recently, thanks to a $1 million commitment from Sidney O. Dewberry, a scholarship will be provided to chosen students in her name. Linda Apple Monson Scholars will be awarded scholarships from the commitment fund for five years, starting in fall 2018. In September, she was recognized when the Grand Tier III of the Center for Performing Arts was renamed in her honor as a part of Mason’s Grand Piano Celebration.
Members of the Tuned-In program participated in a collective composition/improvisation week this summer at Peabody which culminated in a concert at the Reginald F. Lewis African American History Museum. In addition, they traveled to New York to perform as part of Make Music NYC and to give concerts and workshops at Project Music and The Harmony Program.
Music theory faculty member Ildar Khannanov will present a paper at the Third Congress of the Russian Society for Music Theory, in Moscow, September 24-30. KSAS student Ben Costello, who was advised by Khannanov, will also present a paper on music of Shostakovich. Costello will be able to work at the archive of Glinka’s Museum that holds most of Shostakovich’s manuscripts. His paper will be published in two languages.