Associate Professor Ah Young Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice) will direct and perform in Cantata Profana’s production of On the Threshold of Winter by Professor Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition). The performances are slated for April 16-18, 2020 at Irondale in Brooklyn, New York. Hong is also featured in Cantata Profana’s trailer for the upcoming performance.
Baritone Rob McGinness (MM ’17, Voice) will make his Kennedy Center debut as the baritone soloist in the Brahms’ A German Requiem in November. The performance will be with the Washington Chorus, and will also feature Benjamin Britten’s Ballad of Heroes. The concert will take place on November 18, at 2:00 pm, at the Kennedy Center.
Claudia Friedlander (MM ‘95, Clarinet, Voice) released her first book, Complete Vocal Fitness: A Singer’s Guide to Physical Training, anatomy, and Fitness, in June. Friedlander, a voice teacher and fitness trainer based in New York City, has pioneered the concept of sport-specific training for singers and adapted principles of biomechanics and motor learning to accelerate progress in the voice studio. Complete Vocal Fitness presents her knowledge and expertise in a comprehensive, accessible format. With more than 100 hand-drawn anatomical illustrations and photographs, Complete Vocal Fitness offers singers of all styles and skill levels the tools to develop their individual voices into unique state-of-the-art instruments. The book was published by Rowman & Littlefield and is now available.
Alysia Lee (MM ’06, Voice) has been appointed the new Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Maryland State Department of Education. As such, she will support and oversee K-12 Fine Arts instruction throughout the state of Maryland.