Washington Garcia (MM ’98, DMA ’03, Piano) performed at the National Recital Hall in Taipei, Taiwan; debuted with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Peter Bay (MM ’80, Instrumental Conducting); and was appointed assistant director of the School of Music at Texas State University San Marcos. In March, he performed solo recitals and taught master classes at the Casa de la Música in Quito, Ecuador, and the Olev Roots Hall at the National Conservatory of Music in Bogota, Colombia.
Melissa Sky-Eagle (MM ’03, Piano) has recently served as musical director and arranger of an original performance piece at Los Angeles Valley College, Valley Glen, Calif. She taught and coached the singers and conducted the ensemble, in addition to scoring and arranging the songs and backing vocals.
Phillip Bush (BM ’81, Piano) was appointed associate professor of piano and chamber music at the University of South Carolina, beginning in the 2012-13 academic year. He also just completed his sixth season this past summer as music director of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference in Vermont, the largest and oldest program in the nation for amateur chamber musicians to study with professional concert artists.
David Hagan, Pianist – (BM ’65, MM ’66, Piano) Had a recent CD release of solo piano music by Mozart, Albeniz/Godowsky, Stravinsky, Barber, and Liszt, plus Hagan’s transcriptions of works by Schumann and Honegger.
MM candidate Alexei Tartakovski, a student of Boris Slutsky, won First Prize and the Audience prize at the 2012 International Russian Music Competition in San Jose, Calif.