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 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.
Shadow of Sirius, a CD featuring music theory faculty member Joel Puckett’s flute concerto by the same title, performed by University of Texas Wind Ensemble with Jerry Junkin as conductor, has been nominated for the Best Engineered Album, Classical category of the 2017 Grammy Awards. Shadow of Sirius was engineered by Silas Brown, produced by David Frost, and published under Naxos Records.
Complete list of classical Grammy nominees here.
Purchase Shadow of Sirius here.
Music theory faculty member Jenine Brown and Nathan Cornelius, doctoral candidate in guitar and masters candidate in theory pedagogy, will present their research, entitled “The Interaction of Repetition and Short-Term Memory in Melodic Dictation Tasks,” at the 15th Annual Auditory Perception, Cognition, and Action Meeting on November 17 in Boston, Mass.