The documentary film, Defiant Requiem, created and musical directed by Murry Sidlin (BM ’62, Music Education; MM ’68, Instrumental Conducting), will be seen in New York for a week, August 3-9, at the IFC Theater in Greenwich Village; and will also be seen in Los Angeles at the Laemmle NoHo7 Theater in North Hollywood, August 17-23. The live performance his Defiant Requiem was presented in Jerusalem in May with the Jerusalem Symphony, and the Kuhn Choir of Prague. The entire Verdi Requiem is the centerpiece for the concert/drama. Other performances this year: the Berkshire Choral Festival in July, the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus in October, Peabody in April, and New York’s Avery Fisher Hall in April, and Prague in June. PBS will broadcast the film nationally next April as well.
Mark Lortz (BM ’92, Percussion; MM ’07, Composition, Music Education) has been appointed Director of Bands by Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md., to develop a new marching band.
Ross Crolius (BM ’76, Music Education) was honored at a reception for recent retired Metropolitan Opera choristers at the opera house in April. Ross and his wife Nancy (BM ’72, Music Education) spent 25 years singing full-time with the company.
Several recent graduates will be assuming full-time teaching positions in Maryland this fall:
Ian Burns (BM ’10, Music Education and Tuba) will be the Director of Bands at Arundel High School in Anne Arundel County.
Alexandra Dawson Beatty (BM ’10, Music Education and Oboe) will be the Elementary Instrumental Music Teacher at Crofton Elementary School, Crofton Woods ES, Crofton Meadows ES, and High Point ES, also in Anne Arundel County.
David Matchim (MM ’10, Music Education) will be the Elementary Instrumental Music Teacher in two Howard County Public Schools, Triadelphia Ridge ES and Hammond ES.
Sarah Nalls (MM ’10, Music Education) will teach elementary general and vocal music at College Gardens Elementary School in Montgomery County.
James Kranz (BM ’10, Music Education, Trumpet) will be a Graduate Assistant in Music Education at Peabody this year while also pursuing a master’s degree in wind conducting.
Mark McCoy (MM ’92), a noted educator and composer, has been appointed dean of the DePauw University School of Music, effective August 1.