Catching up with Conservatory faculty

Here's what's been happening on stage and off

Suhnne Ahn, musicology instructor, was elected to the Council of the American Musicological Society for a three-year term that began in summer 2021.

Marin Alsop, director of Graduate Conducting, was named the Harman/Eisner Artist in Residence at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. In addition, she led the New York Philharmonic's "We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert" that took place in Central Park and was broadcast on CNN in August, the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at Vienna's Rathausplatz Film Festival in September, and the London Symphony Orchestra's recent recording of Leonard Bernstein's Candide, which was staged by vocal studies instructor and opera stage director Garnett Bruce.

Manuel Barrueco's Music from Cuba and Spain; Sierra: Sonata para Guitarra was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Classical Album. Barrueco is a guitar professor.

danah bella, BFA Dance program chair, was honored as 2021 Dance Educator of the Year in Higher Education by the Maryland Dance Education Association.

Oscar Bettison, chair of the Composition Department, saw the world premiere of his piece La Arqueología del Neón (The Archaeology of Neon) performed by Talea Ensemble in August, and in September the Dutch ensemble Asko|Schönberg performed the world premiere of his first opera, The Light of Lesser Days, in the Netherlands as part of Gaudeamus Muziekweek, where he served on the jury for the Gaudeamus composition competition for younger composers.

Denyce Graves, Rosa Ponselle Distinguished Faculty Artist, was elected to the American Philosophical Society in Class 5: The Arts, Professions, Leaders in Public and Private Affairs. In addition, Graves performed the role of Madame Mary Cardwell Dawson, founder of the National Negro Opera Company, in the world premiere of Sandra Seaton's The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson at the Glimmerglass Festival in August, and she will make her directorial debut with the Minnesota Opera's production of Georges Bizet's Carmen in May.

Michael Hersch, composition professor, has a new opera, Poppaea, starring associate professor of voice Ah Young Hong, which premiered at the Festival ZeitRäume Basel in September before moving to the Wien Modern Festival in Austria in November.

Judith Ingolfsson, violin professor, and Vladimir Stoupel, pianist, of Duo Ingolfsson-Stoupel, released a new album, Sonatas for Violin and Piano, featuring works by Karol Rathaus, Heinz Tiessen, and Paul Arma, in August.

Richard D. Johnson, an assistant professor in the Jazz Studies Department, released a new album, First Glance, in August on his own AFAR Music label.

Felipe Lara's Double Concerto received its world premiere in September by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and his Chambered Spirals was premiered in October by Talea Ensemble at Peabody, a project funded by a 2020–21 Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award. Lara is an assistant professor of composition.

Gwyn Roberts, Historical Performance faculty artist, received Early Music America's 2021 Thomas Binkley Award for outstanding achievement in performance and scholarship by the director of a university or college early music ensemble.

Fran Vielma, a lecturer in the Jazz Studies Department, was awarded a New Jazz Works National Grant from Chamber Music America.

Du Yun's collaborative opera Sweet Land won the 2021 Music Critics Association of North America's Best New Opera Award. She is a professor of composition.