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News about Carl DuPont, Denyce Graves, Shodekeh, and Derrick Wang

Carl DuPont, assistant professor of voice, was selected to take part in the premier cohort of IN Series' Cardwell Dawson Resident Artists Program, a two-year residency providing lead roles, voting seats on the IN Series board, and input on the vision of the company to singer-advocates of color.

Denyce Graves, Rosa Ponselle Distinguished Faculty Artist, sang the role of Maria in the Metropolitan Opera's recording of Porgy and Bess from the 2019–20 season, which won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.

Shodekeh, BFA Dance musician, will become the first hip-hop artist in Maryland to have his or her work archived and first beatboxer in the world to have a special collection dedicated to his or her work when Towson University opens Ideations of Potential: Shodekeh's Innovation Lab or Embodied Scholarship & Hip Hop Imagination." The collection serves as a capstone project for Shodekeh's time as innovator-in-residence at TU.

Derrick Wang, professional studies lecturer, is composer and librettist of the opera Scalia/Ginsburg, which will receive five mainstage performances during the Chautauqua Opera Company's 2021 summer season. Scalia/Ginsburg also recently received its Australian premiere in a performance by Orchestra Victoria.

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