Frances Pollock (MM ’15, Voice) has been selected as one of six composers to participate in Composers & the Voice, a two-year training program where composers, librettists, and singers collaborate to create new vocal works. This season’s artistic chairs for the program include Ricky Ian Gordon, Davit T. Little, Missy Mazzoli, Tobias Picker, Stephen Schwartz, and Gregory Spears.
Megan Ihnen (MM ’09, Voice) will present a recital on October 15 at the Contemporary Music Concert Series: This World of Yes in Fort Wayne, Ind. Ihnen and saxophonist Alan Theisen will present modern works by Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Anna Brake, Ryo Noda, Chelsea Williamson, Michael Young, John Cage, Antoine Beuger, Jessica Rudman, Alan Theisen, and Nick Zoulek. She will also present a recital at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in Glendale, Calif., on October 21, featuring new music by George N. Gianopoulos and Ryan Keebaugh.
Molly Young (MM ’13, Voice, Early Music), who was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer this past February at age 29, was featured on Self magazine’s website for her coping mechanism. She’s spending her chemotherapy sessions creating music videos complete with costumes, makeup, and lip syncing.
Tenor Michael Dodge (MM ’16, Voice) and soprano voice master’s student Arianna Arnold will present a performance and lecture celebrating the life and works of WWI poet and composer Ivor Gurney on Friday, October 13 at 7:00 pm at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The program includes Gurney’s Five Elizabethan Songs and song cycle Ludlow and Teme, as well as the premiere performance of several of Gurney’s unpublished works.
In November, faculty artist William Burden, tenor, will perform the role of Dr. Knox in the Boston Lyric Opera’s premiere of the Julian Grant/Mark Campbell opera, The Nefarious, Immoral But Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke and Mr. Hare.