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.
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, adjunct professor of music theory, 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.