Melanie S. Keller (BM ’99, Flute) along with her ensemble, Tree City Chamber Players, has received a $2,000 2019 grant from the Boise City Department of Arts & History as part of the Boise Composers Commission Project. The group will use the funds to commission three Idaho composers to each write a piece for the ensemble which will be premiered in May 2020 on an Idaho-themed program.
Symphony Number One has been named the 2019 Grand Prize winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance. The American Prize recognized the Baltimore group for its 2017-18 season which included 11 concerts, a fourth album, three major world premieres, a hip-hop collaboration, the music of Dan Deacon, 20 total new compositions, and a performance at TEDxMidAtlantic 2017. The group has also announced its fifth season, “BRIDGES,” which will feature a partnership with Morgan State University and music by Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) throughout 2019-20.
The Preparatory’s Tuned-In Wind Brass Percussion Congregation, led by faculty artist Dan Trahey (BM ’00, Tuba, Music Education), will travel to Detroit, Mich. for a week of collaborations, performances, and classes. They will experience partnerships with the Detroit Symphony, Detroit African American Culture Museum, Detroit’s Juneteenth Celebration, and many local artists as well as an educational week long workshop with Accent Pontiac where Preparatory students will be leading classes and conducting the students. The group will be in Detroit June 17-21.
Preparatory alum Iman Williams, a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University, won the 25th annual Sigma Alpha Iota scholarship competition for VCU women in the Music Department in 2019. She was also just awarded the Frances Blaisdell scholarship through the National Flute Association 2019. She will be sharing her experience at the conference with the Flutist Quarterly magazine afterwards. In 2018, she was the winner of the VCU Symphony Concerto Competition and performed in December 2018. She also attended Imani Winds’ Chamber Music Festival at Manhattan School of Music.
Nijaya Brown, an eighth grader at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (located in our neighborhood in Mount Vernon), recently got accepted to the prestigious Interlochen Arts School as a flute major. She’s been in the Tuned-in program for two years.