On stage—and off—with Conservatory faculty

A Grammy, an Emmy nom, composition premieres, and more

Marin Alsop, professor and director of the Graduate Conducting Program, was appointed principal guest conductor of London's Philharmonia Orchestra and was named artistic director and chief conductor at Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. In addition, The Conductor, the film about Alsop's life and music that was directed by Johns Hopkins Arts and Sciences Professor Bernadette Wegenstein, was nominated for an Emmy in the category Best Arts and Culture Documentary. In September, Alsop will lead the BBC's Last Night of the Proms 2023.

Manuel Barreuco, a faculty artist, was honored with the 2023 José Tomás Honorary Guitarist Award during the Festival Internacional de Guitarra José Tomás Villa de Petrer in Valencia, Spain.

Danah bella, professor and chair of Dance, was named one of the Musical America's 30 Professionals of the Year; dubbed "The Resilient Warriors," these arts leaders and administrators, teaching artists, scholars, and performers "dealt with the pandemic and its aftereffects on the performing arts through game-changing innovation or endless toil, or both."

Oscar Bettison, a faculty composer, was awarded a 2023 Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The 2021 Wien Opera production of Poppea—the opera by faculty composer Michael Hersch and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann, co-starring faculty artist Ah Young Hong—was nominated for an Austrian Music Theater Award in the category Best Contemporary Musical Theater. Also, Hersch's three-part, 11-hour Sew Me Into a Shroud of Leaves received its U.S. debut at National Sawdust in May, and his new Medea opera had its world premiere in Cologne, Germany.

Sean Jones, a jazz professor, led Carnegie Hall's National Youth Jazz Orchestra on its first European tour, which included a stop at the Proms in London, with special guest Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Colette Krogol, a dance faculty artist, and Matt Reeves, her creative partner, received a 2023 Ruby Artist Grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation for developing an artificial intelligence–operated dance and multimedia performance that uses smart home technology. Also, Krogol received a $10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize from the Baker Artist Awards.

Javier Nero, a jazz professor, released his new album, Kemet: The Black Land (Outside in Music), featuring fellow Peabody Jazz faculty Sean Jones, Warren Wolf, and Tim Green.

Wendel Patrick, a music engineering and technology associate professor, was an adviser and provided the soundscape for the Baltimore Museum of Art exhibition The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, which travels to the Saint Louis Art Museum this fall. He also scored the soundtracks to the I Got a Monster documentary about Baltimore police corruption and the "The Women Behind the Montgomery Bus Boycott" episode of NPR's Code Switch podcast.

Kevin Puts, a faculty composer, was honored with a 2023 Grammy Award in Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Contact, performed by the string trio Time for Three and the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of conductor Xian Zhang. His recent album, The City—Marimba Concerto—Moonlight (Naxos), features Marin Alsop leading the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra through three of the composer's early works.

Warren Wolf, a jazz professor, released a new album, Chano Pozo: Origins, and he appears on the SF JAZZ Collective's New Works & Classics Reimagined.

Joseph Young, a conducting professor, made his Washington National Opera debut in March, his National Symphony Orchestra debut in June, and his Carnegie Hall debut leading the National Youth Ensemble in July, before touring with the ensemble in the Dominican Republic. Also, Young stepped in for Marin Alsop to lead the Mzansi National Philharmonic Orchestra during its South African tour.

Du Yun, a composition professor, was one of six Harvard alumni awarded the Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Centennial Medal in May. In addition, choreographer Keerati Jinakunwiphat's Fortuitous Ash, for which Du Yun wrote the music, was debuted by the New York City Ballet in January; her Slow Portraits received its Japanese premiere at the Born Creative Festival in Tokyo in July; and her Pulitzer Prize–winning opera Angel's Bone will open Oper Wuppertal's 2023-24 season in September.

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