Charles Halka (BM ’06, Piano; MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy) accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory in the Department of Music at Western Washington University beginning Fall 2018.
Faculty artists Kevin Puts and Joel Puckett will have their operas performed in Minnesota Opera’s 2018-19 season. Puts’s opera, Silent Night, will make its return to the company in November, and Puckett’s opera, The Fix, will premiere in March 2019. Both of these operas were commissioned by Minnesota Opera. Silent Night earned Puts the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2012, and its performance aligns with the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I. The Fix is about the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, and its commission came as a part of the opera company’s New Works Initiative.
Educator, arranger, and award-winning composer Omar Thomas, currently an associate professor of Harmony at Berklee College of Music, will serve as visiting faculty in Music Theory at the Peabody Conservatory in 2018-19. More…
Voices Rise: A Baltimore Choir of Hope, directed by faculty artists Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) and Benjamin Buchanan (MM ’14, Composition; MM ’15, Music Theory Pedagogy) appeared on a live broadcast on WYPR’s Midday with Tom Hall on December 22.
Peabody theory department faculty member Mark Janello’s new work, Quartet for String Trio and Harpsichord, will receive its world premiere on Sunday, February 4, in Durham, N.C. Commissioned by Elaine Funaro for the Mallarmé Chamber Players, it will be part of a concert including music by Mozart, Anne Louise Brillon de Joey, and Boccherini, in Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium at 3:00 pm.