Incoming Peabody student Paul Byssainthe, was named a semi-finalist in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance through the American Guild of Organists.
Nicholas Will (MM ‘11, Organ) was recently appointed director of liturgical music at the Pontifical North American College, Rome. There he will oversee all musical activity, serve as primary organist, conduct the 45-voice Seminary Choir, and offer musical instruction to the seminarians. The Pontifical North American College was founded in 1859 and serves approximately 250 seminarians from the United States, Canada, and Australia. Will leaves his position of director of music and liturgy at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Carnegie, Penn., and he will take a leave of absence from his position of coordinator of the Sacred Music Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio).
Master’s candidate Jordan Prescott, organ, won the Sixteenth Annual International Organ Competition at West Chester University. The final competition took place on Saturday, May 19 at West Chester University.
On Sunday, March 18, Trent Johnson (BM ’89, GPD ’91, Organ) conducted the Oratorio Singers of Westfield, N.J., in the premiere of his oratorio, Wittenberg – The Story of Martin Luther, scored for narrator, soloists, chorus and orchestra. This new work tells of the German religious reformer and highlights his famous trial in the city of Worms. The concert also featured works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Copland.
In 2014, Kitty Yang (MM ’90, DMA ’98, Organ) initiated a concert “United Methodist Choirs Sing for UMCOR Concert.” UMCOR stands for United Methodist Committee On Relief and is now rated number one in charity organizations. Choirs from Springfield, Va., and the surrounding area have presented the concerts in February each year since then. Three music directors lead the combined choirs, and all three music directors are Peabody alumni, Linda Apple Monson (BM ’79, Music Education; MM ’81, DMA ’86, Piano); Louise Wilson (DMA ’95, Organ) and Kitty Yang. This year’s fund was for Puerto Rico hurricane victims. The concert took place on Sunday, February 11, at the Springfield United Methodist Church.