Music theory faculty member Joshua Fishbein, who studied piano at the Preparatory with Carol Prochazka, and Chorus Austin are this year’s winner of the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award. In conjunction with this award, Dr. Fishbein will receive a $5,000 commission to compose a new choral work for Chorus Austin, under the direction of Ryan Heller. The Dale Warland Singers Commission Award is presented by Chorus America in partnership with the American Composers Forum and recognizes a chorus entering into a meaningful and mutually beneficial partnership with a composer of their choice to contribute a new work to the choral repertoire.
Faculty artist Ian Power and percussionist Eric Derr will present Home Drones: Music of Domesticity and Radiation for Percussion and Organ, a concert of immersive, intensive experimental music for electric organ, percussion, piano, electronics, and kitchen appliances on Sunday, May 7 at 5:00 pm at the Centre Street Performance Studio in Baltimore. The program will feature stones, shades by Catherine Lamb; Closed Categories in Cartesian Worlds by Michael Pisaro; and three pieces by Dr. Power, including come back to me now for crotales and electric organ; for *current* resonance for piano and percussion placed inside the piano; and Buoy for electric organ and electronic kitchen appliances. The set will close with Iannis Xenakis’ seminal multi-percussion solo Psappha performed by Dr. Derr.
Charles Halka (BM ’06, Piano; MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy), who studied piano with Brian Ganz (AD ’93, Piano) and composition with Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) and Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition), won first place in Division 1 of the 2017 Tribeca New Music Young Composer Competition for his composition Por la Fuerza las Tierras. Thomas Kotcheff (BM ’10, Piano), another former Conservatory student of Dr. Adashi, was awarded runner-up status in Division 1 for his composition scratch cradle. Preparatory composition students of Dr. Adashi, Samuel Lam, Lila Quillin, and Kevin Su received “Emerging Composer” recognition in Division 2 of the competition for their compositions Sonatine, City Suite, and Infernal Drums, respectively.
Music theory faculty member Joel Puckett’s composition titled It Perched for Vespers Nine has been featured on the recent release of the “The Presidents Own” Marine Band CD Picture Studies. Mr. Puckett joined the Marine Band for several rehearsals, the May 15 performance, and the recording session of the CD. It Perched for Vespers Nine is inspired by the last words of his wife’s grandfather and was commissioned by the American Bandmasters Association and the University of Florida in 2008. Read more here.
Members of Rhymes With Opera – Ruby Fulton (DMA ’09, Composition), Elisabeth Halliday-Quan (’07, Voice; KSAS BA ’07, German), George Lam (MM ’05, Music Theory, Composition), and Robert Maril (MM ’04, Voice)- will be showing a screening of a video opera created by the organization titled Adam’s Run at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore on December 15 at 7pm. The opera is a dark comedy which takes place in a dystopic future world, amidst chaotic and extreme weather, where two television show hosts vie for the most viewed program in America. Ticketing and more information available here.