A roundup of recent accomplishments by Conservatory faculty

An opera star's award, world premieres for two composition professors, and more

Denyce Graves, Rosa Ponselle Distinguished Faculty Artist, is one of three international opera stars receiving an Opera News 2022 award at the Opera News Awards Gala in April in New York.

A new work by Michael Hersch, a composition professor, receives its world premiere March 23 at Carnegie Hall, in a performance by the Decoda ensemble co-founded by faculty bassoonist Brad Balliett and featuring soprano and associate professor Ah Young Hong.

Harlan D. Parker, an associate professor of music education, serves as host in February to the College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference, which includes a Peabody Wind Ensemble concert honoring Parker's 30th anniversary of teaching at Peabody.

Mount Vernon Virtuosi, the chamber music ensemble founded by cello professor Amit Peled, was featured in The Baltimore Sun and the UK-based music magazine The Strad, and launched its Every Child Deserves a Voice program to raise funds to buy 1,000 string instruments to distribute to schools in the Baltimore and Montgomery County school systems. The program recently received a donation of an 1850 German-made cello from Czechoslovakia from Holocaust survivors Ned Spindel and his late wife, Shulamit Spindel.

Kevin Puts' The Hours will receive its world premiere in March, when it will be presented by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Puts is a professor of composition.

Oliver Thorndike's recent study on Immanuel Kant's "Theory of Music" was published in Con-Textos Kantianos: International Journal of Philosophy in December. Thorndike is an assistant professor of liberal arts.

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