Gulaboff Davis Awarded Beyer Composition Award Reply

Gulaboff DavisZach Gulaboff Davis (MM ’19, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’19, Composition) has been awarded the Beyer Composition Award in Chamber Music for his first string quartet, On the Trajectory of Light. The award from the National Federation of Music Clubs comes with a $4,000 prize. On the Trajectory of Light was premiered and toured by the Beo String Quartet during their fall 2019 “Refractions” tour. Gulaboff Davis was a student of Kevin Puts and Michael Hersch at Peabody.

Jake Runestad Releases New Work and Video Reply

Jake RunestadIn April, Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition; MM ’12, Music Theory Pedagogy) released a new piece called “Elegy” — music about loss. Conductor John Byun asked Runestad to create a musical work to remember his unborn twin girls. This work explores a tradition called keening, found in numerous cultures around the globe, in which a mournful lament is sung as part of a ritual honoring those who have passed on before us. Runestad released a video of its performance by Byun and the Riverside City College Chamber Singers from the 2020 American Choral Directors Association’s Western Region Conference in early March.

Jaroszewicz Conducts CNSNC Reply

cnsncCNSNC, Peabody’s student-run composers collective comprised of Gu Wei (MM ’17, Composition), Zachary Gulaboff Davis (MM ’19, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’19, Composition), and Master’s candidates in composition Daniel Despins and Seo Yoon Kim, has secured professional conductor Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz of the Canton Symphony to lead their spring 2020 concert. Jaroszewicz will lead Peabody student musicians in premieres of the collective’s five members, all Peabody students or recent graduates. The event will take place on March 8 at 3 pm at Peabody’s Centre Street Performance Studio. This endeavor was made possible by an award from Peabody’s Career Development Grant.