Doctoral candidate Rachel O’Connor won the American Musicological Society Capital Chapter’s Irving Lowens Award for Student Research for her paper “The Forced Migration of Venezuelan Musicians: The ‘music for social change movement’ as a transnational guardian in a time of unprecedented crisis.” O’Connor presented her research as a finalist on Saturday, April 10, 2021.
Junior horn performance student Maxwell Arceneaux released his second EP album entitled Identity. The album is available on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Tidal, I Heart Radio and other streaming platforms.
Soprano Noelle McMurtry, a second-year DMA student of Ah Young Hong, has been selected to receive the Presser Foundation’s Graduate Music Award of $10,000 to support her research project, “Unearthing the Unpublished Lieder of Composer Luise Adolpha Le Beau.” As part of her work to challenge the gendered narratives that surround the creation of canon, McMurtry plans to focus her Doctoral thesis and lecture recital on Le Beau’s Lieder repertoire, much of which has never been studied or published. McMurtry hopes to discover the manuscripts of Le Beau’s unpublished Opuses by mining the German composer’s public archives, held in the Berlin State Library, the Bavarian State Library, and the Baden State Library Karlsruhe. In transcribing and performing these works at Peabody and other concert venues, she aims both to expose a wider audience to the breadth and beauty of Le Beau’s repertoire, and to reveal the gendered barriers which prevented Le Beau’s inclusion in the nineteenth-century Lieder canon.
The winners have been announced for the 2020-21 Vocal Studies Competition at the Peabody Conservatory. Under remote learning guidelines, contestants submitted video recordings of their performances for the competition. Winners were selected in both undergraduate and graduate divisions, and for the first time this year, each division awarded a special prize to a student who presented an outstanding performance featuring an art song by an African American composer.
In the undergraduate division, the first prize was awarded to soprano Simone Gallion, who also won the African American composer honor for her performance of “In the Springtime” by Betty Jackson King. Undergraduate second and third prizes went to tenor Kaijeh Johnson and mezzo-soprano Alexandria Zallo.
Bass-baritone Anthony Sharp was the winner of the graduate division, presenting works by Francesco Paolo Tosti, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, and Aaron Copland. Mezzo-soprano Bailey Galindo took second prize. Both the third prize and the African American composer honor were awarded to soprano Annisse Murillo.
Jay Shankar, an undergraduate clarinet student, has been awarded first prize in Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition in Classical Clarinet. Winners of the competition will travel to Paris to visit the home of Vandoren, receive $1,000, and perform at the annual Music For All National Festival.