On May 17, three Preparatory piano students of Hyun-Sook Park won awards at the Maryland State Music Teachers Association’s Gottlieb Competition, which was held at UMBC. Abigail Lo won first prize in her age group, Alan Mao won second prize in his age group, and Anna Han was awarded an honorable mention.
Gemma New (MM ’11, Conducting) has been appointed music director of Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ontario. For the 2014-15 season, she was the recipient of the prestigious Dudamel Fellowship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conducted eight education concerts in Los Angeles.
Ji Hye Jung (BM ’07, Percussion) was named associate professor of percussion at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. She previously served as associate professor of percussion at the University of Kansas for six years.
Georgi Videnov (BM ’12, Percussion) has been appointed assistant timpanist and percussionist in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for the 2015–2016 season.
Michael Compitello (BM ’07, Percussion) has been appointed a professor at the University of Kansas to start in the fall of 2015.
Mezzo-soprano Jessica Renfro (MM ’03, Voice; GPD ’05 Opera) will make her European debut at the prestigious Opera di Firenze’s Maggio Musicale singing the role of Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide, running from May 23 to June 3. The performances will be led by Maestro John Axlerod and directed by Francesco Micheli.