Stetson University has appointed Washington Garcia (MM ’98, DMA ’03, Piano) dean of its School of Music starting in July. Garcia is Stetson’s first Latin-American dean.
Washington Garcia (MM ’98, DMA ’03, Piano) has been nominated for a 50 Over 50 NE Award in the community category. Award winners will be announced on June 25, 2021 with an awards ceremony being held in September 2021.
Jennifer Nicole Campbell (BM ’14, MM ’15, Piano) is producing a new show, Music Matters, dedicated to interviewing members of the community who are committed to bringing the transformative power of music into local communities. Her first guest was David Kim, Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra. The show airs on Main Line TV Network outside Philadelphia and is also available on their YouTube channel.
Yolanda Borrás (BM ’85, Piano) released her second CD for children, ¡Cantemos todos juntos! (Let’s Sing Together). The CD received a Tillywig Award and a Family Choice Award. Borrás’ illustrated songbooks for young children Los pajaritos (The Little Birds) and La Finca (The Farm) were also awarded a Family Choice Award.
Chad Bowles (MM ’05, GPD ’07, Piano), chair of the Preparatory’s Piano Department, and Conservatory faculty artist Alexander Shtarkman have been named Master Teachers for Portland Piano International’s Tholen Fellowship. As part of the program Bowles and Shtarkman will provide one-on-one master lessons to local piano teachers to help improve their teaching and playing.