Dance BFA students Rush Johnston’s solo “Nothingness” and Zoë Payne’s “-back again-” were presented in the Werner Independent Choreographer Showcase, College Edition in November.
Three cello students were awarded prizes in the Mount Vernon Virtuosi Online Cello Competition. Junior Jorge Giménez was awarded first place with a cash prize of $1,000 and an appearance with the Mount Vernon Virtuosi in the 2020-21 season. Second year Master’s student Natalia Vilchis was awarded second place and senior Mafalda Santos was awarded third prize. The Mount Vernon Virtuosi Online Cello Competition is a competition for students in Maryland started by cello faculty member Amit Peled.
Violin student Yanxiong Kevin Huang performed with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in the closing concert of the 23rd Beijing Music Festival conducted by Yu Long. Huang, concert master of the China Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, performed “You and Me” by Qigang Chen. Huang is a sophomore in the studio of Herbert Greenberg.
Conducting master’s student Leonard Weiss is a recipient of the 2020 Churchill Fellowship Award. With support from the Churchill Trust, Weiss has been invited to act as assistant conductor to Marin Alsop at Chicago Symphony’s Ravinia Festival, Toby Purser at Vienna Opera Academy, and Nicholas Carter at Santa Fe Opera.