Catching up with Conservatory faculty

This month: Compositions in the spotlight, plus other wide-ranging accolades

The California Symphony performed the world premiere of Peabody faculty composer Katherine Balch's Illuminate, a work for three solo voices and orchestra based on French poet Arthur Rimbaud's proto-surrealist collection Les Illuminations, in March.

Oscar Bettison, a composition professor, is one of the three composers featured on the new season of the Mission: Commission podcast produced by the Miller Theater of Columbia University. Over the course of the season the series follows three new pieces written for the Parker Quartet.

Thomas Dolby, a music for new media professor, was appointed chair of the advisory board of Ascend Through Music, a program of the nonprofit Living Classrooms Foundation. Ascend Through Music provides children and adults in Baltimore and Washington with access to music education, instruments, mentorship, and performance opportunities.

Sean Jones, who holds the Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair in Jazz, was named one of "25 Black Marylanders to Watch" by The Baltimore Sun in February.

Ji Su Jung, a percussion faculty artist, was one of five musicians awarded a 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant by Lincoln Center.

Felipe Lara, an assistant professor of composition, is a visiting composer at the Banff Centre in Canada and this summer will be a member of the composition faculty at the Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival in Spain.

Du Yun, a composition professor, is among the 19 composers commissioned by the New York Philharmonic for Project 19, a multiseason initiative to commission and premiere 19 new works by 19 women composers.

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