CPP flutist Jodie Rottle (MM ’13) launched the Silicon Valley Music Festival, a week-long program of performances, master classes, and outreach. Building a festival from the ground up included booking faculty artists; securing rehearsal space, housing, and promotion from the San Jose Fairmont Hotel; and enlisting the support of JetBlue for flights. Jodie also partnered with a local restaurant and has received funds through the San Jose Arts Council.
Silicon Valley Music Festival
Jazz vocalist Joyce Kwon (MM ’13) launched her popular blog, Jazz Toilet, which offered write-ups and commentary on NYC club bathrooms, culture, and music. The blog attracted notable Twitter buzz, including mentions from Alex Ross and NPR’s A Blog Supreme, as well as music journalists at The New York Times and the Boston Globe. In addition, she formed a Brazilian voice/guitar duo, Nossa Nova, created promotional fliers and multimedia website, and met with Peter Duchin for advising and referrals. The duo has played several restaurant gigs and is working on securing ongoing engagements.
Pianist Eunbi Kim (MM ’12) is leading the Murakami Music Project, a series of multi-disciplinary presentations based on the writings of novelist Haruki Murakami. She is collaborating with an actress, a moving image specialist, and an arranger to create shows combining readings and concerts of the music Murakami references in two of his novels. The project has been accepted for workshopping and performances at The Cell in Chelsea and Eunbi is sending out proposals for additional bookings.
Violinist Emily Westell (PS ’12) formed the piano/violin “Forward” FWDuo, to focus on 20th century works. They have produced concerts at a piano museum in Canada, with programs that range from great Hollywood film composers, to the second Viennese school, to the works of Western Canadian “Big Sky” composers.
Pianist/composer Amir Khosrowpour (DMA ’13) prepared promotional and booking materials for his voice/piano duo, Rogers & Khosrowpour. Their programming, anchored by Schumann’s Dichterliebe, features a new work by Amir inspired by the writing of Schumann’s contemporary, E.T.A. Hoffman.
Hornist Kyra Sims (MM ’12) launched The Harlem Sound Project with a concert to benefit the Children’s Storefront, a local independent, tuition-free school. The concert featured works by jazz bassist Noah Jackson and others.
Violist Catherine Parsons (MM ’13) created the Symposium Concert Series, which combines lively philosophical discussions with performances by a flexible group of solo and chamber artists, in a range of genres. The first performance focused on music and spirituality and the second on musicians’ motivations to make music.
Jazz drummer Kevin McDonald (MM ’12) worked on promoting his piano trio Ziemba, Baron, & McDonald by targeting regional symphony orchestras for bookings. This included creating promotional fliers, upgrading the group’s online presence, and strategizing after the group made their symphony debut with the Amherst Symphony. As part of their programming, the trio offers a range of outreach presentations for K-12 audiences.
Composer Robert Vuichard (MM ’13) focused on launching his Libertine Music Press Competition for young composers. The winners will receive a professionally engraved score and parts, a cash prize, and funding for a performance of the winning work. He has secured partial funding and has had a number of mentoring sessions to fine-tune his plan and promotion strategy.
Shattered Glass is a conductor-less chamber orchestra founded by bassist Max Jacob (BM ’13) and violinist Elizabeth Woo (BM ’13). They debuted it the Broadway Presbyterian Church and have also performed in Boston’s Old South Church. They have also performed at the TEDxEAST Conference at the Times Center and with hip-hop artists Kinetics and One Love on a newly released video. In May 2013 Shattered Glass performed at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall.
Jazz composer/pianist Joachim Junghanss (DMA ’12) was offered a position with the prestigious Boston Consulting Group in their Munich offices. The rigorous application and interview process involved complex case studies. Joachim’s work will make use of the considerable analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills he honed at MSM. An interesting extension and application of his creativity and problem-solving skills, the consulting work will also allow him to continue advancing his music projects. In addition, in rural Ghana Joachim led his Music Works! project over multiple years, providing music education to students ages 10-18, focusing on traditional Ewe music as well as international repertoire, in an innovative curriculum.