Fanfares and Finesse: A Performer’s Guide to Trumpet History and Literature by Elisa Koehler (BM ’87, Music Education; BM ’87, Trumpet; DMA ’96 Conducting) will be released on March 7 by Indiana University Press. The book is decribed as “more than just a history of the trumpet, this essential reference book is a comprehensive guide for musicians who bring that musical history to life.”
Daniel Trahey (BM ’00, Tuba, Music Education) was a presenter at the 2014 LA Philharmonic’s Take A Stand Symposium, held February 20-22. Trahey lead sessions on creative composition and integrating community engagement into higher education curriculum.
Holly Mulcahy (BM ’94, Music Education; PC ’94, MM ’96, Violin) has been appointed the concertmaster for the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. She performed Dvorak No. 6 with the orchestra last November and was chosen from seven candidates who each played one Masterworks concert in the 2012-2013 season.
JHU’s Black Student Union will present its Annual Soulful Expressions Benefit Concert on February 23 at 6 pm in Peabody’s Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. The event will include the presentation of the Johns Hopkins Heritage Award to Audrey McCallum (BM ’60, MM ’67, Music Education, Piano), the first African American student to study at the Peabody Preparatory. More details can be found in the article at examiner.com, “Black History Month: JHU’s Black Student Union honors Audrey McCallum in song.”
Mark Lortz (BM ’92, Percussion; MM ’07, Music Education, Composition), director of the marching band at Stevenson University, was featured in a PressBox article highlighting the program he started in 2011. Since its beginning, the marching band has grown from 75 to 130 students, involving about 3 percent of the school’s population (the average size of a college marching band is about 1 percent). Lortz “liked the challenge” of building the band from the ground up and expects the program to continue growing in the future.