Duo Sila – Christina Manceor (MM ’17, Percussion) and Amanda Dame (MM ’19, Flute) – released their inaugural album, Traditions Reimagined, on February 26, 2021. The album explores the infusion of international music traditions within 20th Century music. They will host a virtual album release party on Sunday, February 28.
Piccolo faculty artist Erica Peel is featured on the Flute 360 podcast talking about her orchestral journey, time management, and patience with self.
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.
Sam Kaestner (BM ’00, Clarinet) designed a solution to drive climate action for the United Nations with a team of four other students from the Parsons School of Design where he was completing a Master of Science in Strategic Design. The UN adopted the idea as part of their children’s component of the Act Now campaign and the Climate Action Superheroes launched in November to mobilize kids and parents around the world to take action on climate change and sustainability.
Marina Piccinini will participate in the Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Virtual Summer Festival. On July 29, she will perform the world premiere of Siren Song for Solo Flute by Aaron Jay Kernis, and on July 31, she will perform Pierre Boulez’s Sonatine for Flute and Piano with Andreas Haefliger, piano.