Gu Wei (MM ’17, Composition) and Mi Zhou (MM ’18, Organ) were selected as one of the four composer/organist pairs by the American Guild of Organists (AGO) for their Student Commissioning Project 2019. The project is AGO’s most recent new music venture, with the initiative of creating new repertoire for the organ. The pair will produce a new organ piece to be premiered in Spring 2019, followed by another performance in the same year.
Faculty artist Jeremy Filsell, organ, has been named the new organist and director of music at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue.
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.