Composer Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition; MM ’12, Music Theory Pedagogy) is one of four artists chosen for a McKnight Fellowship for Composers by the McKnight Foundation. The award, which includes $25,000 in unrestricted funds for each recipient, acknowledges excellence in the field of music composition. The four fellows were chosen from a pool of 55 applicants.
Faculty artist Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) and Benjamin Buchanan (MM ’14, Composition; MM ’15, Music Theory Pedagogy) were featured on the website BmoreArt for work with Voices Rise: A Baltimore Choir of Hope and musical outreach through the St David’s Music Series. A recipient of a Dean’s Incentive Grant, Douglas Buchanan directs a variety of musical outreach initiatives, including a music series which recently featured the world premiere of Michael Hersch’s only choral work.
Faculty artist Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) has been awarded second place for the The American Prize in Chorus Conducting 2016-17—community division for his work with Baltimore’s Canticum Novum Chamber Chorus. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication, and regional, national, and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States.
Sejoon Park (BM ’12, Piano), who studied with Boris Slutsky, will have his Philadelphia debut recital broadcast on New York’s Classical Network WWFM today, May 4, at 10:00 am. At this recital, sponsored by Astral Artists in Philadelphia, Mr. Park premiered music theory faculty member Joel Puckett’s A Lullaby with My Daughter.
Voices Rise: A Baltimore Choir of Hope, a community ensemble under the direction of Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition), will give its debut performance at Paul’s Place Outreach Center in Baltimore on Saturday, April 29 at 1:30 pm as a part of the Paul’s Place Spring Health Fair. The ensemble is based on a street choir model, welcoming all who wish to make music regardless of experience and catering particularly towards those experiencing homelessness or poverty. Voices Rise is an outreach partnership between the Peabody Conservatory, St. David’s Episcopal Church, and Paul’s Place.