Dontae Winslow on Dr. Dre’s Compton

Dontae Winslow (BM ’97, MM ’99, Trumpet) wrote and performed the orchestral intro and also arranged horns for Dr. Dre’s new album, Compton, the soundtrack for the 2015 movie Straight Outta Compton.

Maki Kubota selected for New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program

Maki Kubota (BM ’13, Cello), who was a student of Alan Stepansky, is one of 10 outstanding Music Academy of the West musicians who has been selected to travel to New York in January 2016 to participate in the second year of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program. The program offers opportunities to train […]

Denise Tryon released debut album, So-Low

Faculty artist Denise Tryon, horn, has released her debut album So-Low on Bridge Records. Her disc features newly commissioned compositions that feature the low area of the horn’s register.

Ensemble Loadbang will perform at Peabody

Ensemble Loadbang will play two free concerts on Saturday, September 6, at 7:30 pm and Monday, September 8, 7:30 pm. The concerts, held at Peabody’s Centre Street Performance Space, 5 E. Centre Street, will feature the world premiere of A Baby Bigger Grows Than Up Was, a monodrama by faculty member David Smooke (MM ’95, […]

Jennifer Kloetzel concert series by the Jarvis Conservatory

Preparatory alumna Jennifer Kloetzel, cello, is a member of San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet with Cecily Ward, violin; Tom Stone, violin; and Ethan Filner, viola. The quartet will be featured in the Beethoven String Quartet Concert Series by the Jarvis Conservatory in Napa, Calif. This series will be the first installment of a two-year series […]

James Seay new Montgomery Chorale artistic director

James Seay (MM ’04, Voice) has been named the artistic director for the Montgomery Chorale. Dr. Seay is a Montgomery, Ala., native, and he will also serve as Montgomery’s First United Methodist Church’s director of music.

New early music CD released, Love and Lust

Elizabeth Hungerford (BM ’10, Voice) and Andrew Arceci (BM ’08, Viola da Gamba; Double Bass) released an album of works for soprano and viola da gamba with Gramophone Award-winning engineer/producer Adrian Hunter.  The album, Love and Lust, will feature early English and Italian works by Caccini, Monteverdi, Hume, Simpson, Campion, and Purcell.

Denyce Graves gives advice in new book

Voice faculty artist Denyce Graves was interviewed in Master Singers: Advice from the Stage, a book by Donald George. Master Singers provides vocalists making the transition from student to professional with indispensable singing advice. Ms. Graves also wrote an essay on performing Margaret Garner for the University of Virginia Press.