An article in The Baltimore Sun highlights Peabody alumni and faculty artists Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) and Benjamin Buchanan (MM ’14, Composition; MM ’15, Music Theory Pedagogy) and their work with Voices Rise. Voices Rise is a choir hosted by Paul’s Place, an outreach center in Pigtown. The brothers began the choir in February with the help of a $14,500 Dean’s Incentive Grant from Peabody. The choir is still small, but they plan to use the funds from the grant to provide gift cards to those who participate in the choir, as well as recruiting. The choir is modeled after the Dallas Street Choir and is made up of visitors and volunteers of Paul’s Place in southwest Baltimore.
This fall, faculty composer Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) began an 18-month composer residency, “The Sounds Between,” at the Dallas Chamber Symphony, the city’s only professional chamber orchestra. In January, three newly-commissioned works will be performed in a mid-residency concert at the Dallas City Performance Hall, including a multi-movement work titled “Crossroads” for DCS and Dallas Street Choir. Richard McKay (DMA ’11, Conducting) is the DCS’ artistic director and conductor and was Buchanan’s contemporary in the Peabody DMA program.
Faculty composer Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) and librettist Caitlin Vincent (MM ’09, Voice) win the $25,000 Sackler Prize for Music Composition from the University of Connecticut. The collaboration is a one-hour opera to be premiered in 2019, focusing on Bessie Coleman, the first female African-American aviator, and Ma Ferguson, the first female governor of Texas. The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize offers a $25,000 cash prize, recordings, and substantial recognition including public performances. The competition will be an biennial event rotating among specific areas of the musical arts. These include: jazz ensemble, choir, opera, wind ensemble, orchestra, children’s choir, chamber ensemble, solo instrument, voice, and electronic music.
Faculty artist Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) and Benjamin Buchanan (MM ’14, Composition; MM ’15, Music Theory Pedagogy), co-founders of Voices Rise: A Baltimore Choir of Hope, were included along with the choir in the WYPR podcast Out of the Blocks, produced by Aaron Henkin and Peabody faculty member Wendel Patrick. Voices Rise is a street choir, welcoming all individuals, particularly those experiencing homeless and poverty, to make music together. The choir is a partnership between St David’s Episcopal Church, Paul’s Place, Inc., and Peabody, and is funded by a Dean’s Incentive Grant.
Music theory faculty member Jenine Brown and Nathan Cornelius, doctoral candidate in guitar and master’s candidate in theory pedagogy, presented their research at the national biennial meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition. The study investigates which chords are best remembered in a piece of music composed by Bartók. The conference will take place July 30 to August 3 at the University of California, San Diego.