Category:Peabody Institute alumni
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The following 87 pages are in this category, out of 87 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Peabody Institute – The Peabody Institute was founded in 1857 by philanthropist George Peabody, and is the oldest conservatory in the United States. Its association with JHU allows students to do research across disciplines, George Peabody founded the Institute with a bequest of about $800,000 from his fortune made in Massachusetts and Baltimore. Completion of the Grecian-Italian west wing building housing the Institute, designed by Edmund George Lind, was delayed by the Civil War, the library was created and endowed by Peabodys friend and fellow Bay-Stater, Enoch Pratt. In 1978, the Institute began working with The Johns Hopkins University under an affiliation agreement, in 1985, the Institute became a division of the university. Peabody is one of 156 schools in the United States that offers a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree, Peabody Preparatory offers instruction and enrichment programs for school-age children across various sites in Baltimore and its surrounding counties, Downtown, Towson, Annapolis and Howard County. The Peabody Childrens Chorus is for children ages 6 to 18 and it is divided into three groups, Training Choir, Choristers, and Cantate, grouped by age in ascending order. They practice weekly in Towson or Columbia, Maryland, and sing in concerts biannually under the instruction of Doreen Falby, Bradley Permenter, tori Amos, singer, songwriter, at age five, Amos was the youngest student ever admitted to the Institute
2. Richard Cassilly – Richard Cassilly was an American operatic tenor who had a major international opera career between 1954-90. He was an admired Don José in Carmen and sang almost all of the leading Puccini tenor roles, Cassilly spent the early years of his opera career singing primarily with the New York City Opera between 1955–1966, often portraying roles in obscure and contemporary operas. During these years he traveled frequently throughout North America, appearing with most of the major opera companies in the United States. In 1965 he launched an international opera career when he portrayed the title role in a critically acclaimed production of Heinrich Sutermeisters Raskolnikoff at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. This performance earned him a contract with the Hamburg State Opera as their leading in-house dramatic tenor, Cassilly also forged a strong collaborative partnership with the Royal Opera in London, appearing in that house almost every year from 1968-82. In 1978 he joined the roster of principal tenors at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, Cassilly spent his childhood on a farm near Aberdeen, Maryland where he attended Bel Air High School where his voice potential was first recognized. He became involved in music through singing in his high schools glee club, in 1946, at the age of eighteen, he entered the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University where he studied singing with Hans Heinz. As a student he sang in productions of The Flying Dutchman. During this time he also had the opportunity to study under Rosa Ponselle who had retired from her career and was residing in Baltimore. After graduating with a degree in performance in 1952, Cassilly moved to New York City with his first wife. Shortly thereafter he became a member of the John Harms Chorus singing with them at venues as Town Hall between 1952-1954. He also worked as a singer for a couple of different churches during this time. Eventually his break came in 1954 when he was hired by William Steinberg as the tenor soloist in Beethovens Symphony No.9 with the Pittsburgh Symphony. This was followed by his debut on Broadway as A Young Man. The production was a hit with the New York public. After it closed, the NBC Opera Theatre decided to use the cast for a version of the show. Cassillys performance in The Saint of Bleecker Street drew the attention of Joseph Rosenstock, director of the New York City Opera, Cassilly sang regularly at the NYCO in productions through 1966, often in contemporary operas or in rarely heard works. His last performance as a member of the company was in March 1966 as Sergei in Dmitri Shostakovichs Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
3. Angelin Chang – Angelin Chang is a Grammy award-winning classical pianist and professor of music at Cleveland State University. She heads the universitys keyboard studies program and coordinates the universitys music program. Prior to joining Cleveland State, she was faculty at Rutgers University, changs debut performance as a piano soloist was with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, at age 12. She is the first Artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C. Chang performed on and produced two of her CDs, Soaring Spirit and Angelín. She is the first female American classical pianist and the first pianist of Asian descent to win a Grammy, Chang was born in Muncie, Indiana, and attended Burris Laboratory School there. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody Conservatory and she is the first American awarded Premier Prix Piano and Premier Prix Musique de Chambre in the same year from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. In addition to her degrees, Chang has a B. A. degree in French from Ball State University. Chang is Vice President and on the Board of Governors of The Recording Academy Chicago Chapter, serving as Chair of the Education Committee, official website Faculty web page at Cleveland State University Angelin Chang at AllMusic Chicago Chapter at The Recording Academy
4. Richard Wayne Dirksen – Richard Wayne Dirksen was an American musician and composer, who served as Organist and Choirmaster of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D. C. from 1977 to 1988. Previously he was Assistant Organist and Choirmaster from 1942 to 1964, in 1969, Dirksen was named the cathedrals Precentor, giving him administrative oversight of all worship services until his retirement in 1991. Dirksen composed extensively, mostly choral and organ works, and his music continues to be featured on broadcasts from the Cathedral. His 1974 opus, Vineyard Haven, has been called widely acclaimed as one of the finest hymn tunes of our day, Dirksen was born in Freeport, Illinois, the eldest son of Richard Watson Dirksen and Maude Logemann. In high school, he played the bassoon and was a drum major, awarded a scholarship, he then studied organ at Baltimores Peabody Conservatory under Virgil Fox, graduating magna cum laude in June,1942. While still studying at Peabody, Dirksen became assistant organist to Paul Callaway at the Washington National Cathedral in February,1942, later that year, he began three-and-a-half years of military service during World War II, resuming his post at the cathedral in December,1945. In 1949, Dirksen was also appointed director of the club at the cathedrals affiliated St. Albans School. In 1969, he was the first lay person in the Anglican Communion to be named a Precentor, during his long tenure at the cathedral, he produced ceremonial music and pageants for various occasions, such as the U. S. Bicentennial in 1976 and the consecration of the cathedral in 1990, attended by U. S. President George H. W. Bush. Dirksen was succeeded by Douglas Major as Cathedral Organist and Choirmaster in 1988, Dirksen was also a composer of almost 300 works, mostly for organ and/or choir or theater. At the time of his death in Washington, D. C. on July 26,2003, he was survived by a sister, Phyllis. In 2006, the Cathedral Choral Society at Washington National Cathedral announced the establishment of an endowment fund in his memory to commission new Christmas choral music, the Hymn Tunes of Richard Wayne Dirksen, The Hymn, v.53 no.4 pp 19–28
5. Joel Fan – Joel Fan is an American pianist noted for his work with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, as well as his solo virtuosity and eclectic repertoire. Fan was born in New York City to parents from Taiwan and his performing career began with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 11 after having won the Philharmonics Young Peoples Concert Auditions. C. Internationally, Fan has performed recitals on four continents – most recently in tours of China, Cuba, in January 2006 Fan recorded his first solo album World Keys, Virtuoso Piano Music which was released the following June under Reference Recordings. In 2013, Joel Fan released Revelations, an homage to his mentor and teacher, the album features several solo works performed by Fan, including “The Forbidden” – Leon Kirchner’s last major piano composition that was dedicated to Joel Fan. Fan also collaborates with singers Diana Hoagland in several songs, and with the conductor Scott Dunn in a setting of Dawn. November 2014, Joel Fan released Dances for Piano and Orchestra with the Northwest Sinfonietta, Dances for Piano and Orchestra featured works by Gabriel Pierné, Ricardo Castro Herrera, Fryderyk Chopin, Camille Saint-Saëns, Charles Wakefield Cadman, and more. Fan is a member of Yo-Yo Mas Silk Road Project with whom he performed at the BBC Proms for the first time in 2004 alongside Wu Tong, Wu Man and the London Sinfonietta. His other performances with the range from venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center. He has also named a Presidential Scholar by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Seattle Post-Intelligencer has described him as a musician, able to cross one style into another without any diminution in musical sophistication. The Los Angeles Times says he is a soaring talent - Fans facility makes his playing a technical wonder, the Washington Post noted him as a versatile and sensitive pianist – an impressive talent. Official site Joel Fans Vantage Artists profile
6. Virgil Fox – Virgil Keel Fox was an American organist, known especially for his flamboyant Heavy Organ concerts of the music of Bach. These events appealed to audiences in the 1970s who were familiar with rock n roll music and were staged complete with light shows. His many recordings made on the RCA Victor and Capitol labels and they continue to be widely available in mainstream music stores. Virgil Fox was born in Princeton, Illinois to Miles and Birdie Fox and he began playing the organ for church services at the age of ten, and four years later made his concert debut before an audience of 2500 at Withrow High School, Cincinnati. The program included one of the mainstays of 19th-century organ music, from 1926 to 1930, he studied in Chicago under German-born organist-composer Wilhelm Middelschulte. His other principal teachers were Hugh Price, Louis Robert, during World War II, Fox enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces and took a leave of absence from Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore and the Peabody. He was promoted to sergeant and played various recitals and services at the request of Eleanor Roosevelt. After having played more than 600 concerts while on duty, plus his onbligations to H. H. C and he then served as organist at the prominent Riverside Church in New York City, from 1946 to 1965. The organ was built for him by famed organ builder G. Donald Harrison, under his direction, the Riverside organ was expanded to become one of the greatest in North America. His extemporaneous hymn accompaniments at Riversides Sunday services and concert performances were widely acclaimed, recordings made during this period brought his playing to larger audiences. Among his recordings, some which are now overlooked, the Transcriptions he improvised upon, Song at Sun Set, Vale of Dreams, in 1965, Fox retired from the church to devote himself to performing full-time. His last commercially released recording, though unauthorized, was made at his return to Riverside Church in concert on May 6,1979, foxs 50th year of performing began when he appeared with the Dallas Symphony in September 1980, in what was to be his final public performance. Racked with pain, he completed one of the two concerts, returning to Florida to be hospitalized near home. Always Fox stressed pushing the limits of the instruments available to him, rather than requiring that they, or his playing and his style was in contrast to that of his contemporaries, such as E. Power Biggs. Fox was also famous for his memory, and could instantly recall over 250 concert works. He played all concerts from memory and very rarely read from written scores even when playing alongside an orchestra, many organists, however, have strongly criticized Fox for his unconventional interpretations of classical organ music. For once making a speech at one of his recitals, music critic Alan Rich called him the Liberace of the organ loft. Despite his controversial approach to music, Virgil Fox attained a celebrity status not unlike that of Leonard Bernstein
7. Philip Glass – Philip Morris Glass is an American composer. He is considered one of the most influential makers of the late 20th century. Glasss compositions have been described as music, similar to other minimalist composers including La Monte Young, Steve Reich. However, Glass has described himself instead as a composer of music with repetitive structures, Glass founded the Philip Glass Ensemble, with which he still performs on keyboards. He has written numerous operas and musical works, eleven symphonies, eleven concertos, seven string quartets and various other chamber music. Three of his scores have been nominated for Academy Awards. Glass was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Ida and his family were Jewish immigrants from Lithuania. His father owned a store and his mother was a librarian. She developed a plan to help them learn English and develop skills so they could find work and his sister, Sheppie, would later do similar work as an active member of the International Rescue Committee. Glass developed his appreciation of music from his father, discovering later his fathers side of the family had many musicians and his cousin Cevia was a classical pianist, while others had been in vaudeville. He learned his family was related to Al Jolson. Glasss father often received promotional copies of new recordings at his music store and he spent many hours listening to them, developing his knowledge and taste in music. This openness to modern sounds affected Glass at an age, My father was self-taught, but he ended up having a very refined and rich knowledge of classical, chamber. Typically he would come home and have dinner, and then sit in his armchair, I caught on to this very early, and I would go and listen with him. The elder Glass promoted both new recordings and a selection of composers to his customers, sometimes convincing them to try something new by allowing them to return records they didnt like. His store soon developed a reputation as Baltimores leading source of modern music, Glass cites Schuberts work as a big influence growing up. He studied the flute as a child at the school of the Peabody Institute. At the age of 15, he entered a college program at the University of Chicago where he studied mathematics
8. Martha Goldstein – Martha Goldstein was a harpsichordist and pianist, who gave concerts in the United States, North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. She performed works by George Frideric Handel, Frédéric Chopin, Georg Philipp Telemann, Franz Liszt, Ferruccio Busoni, Johann Sebastian Bach and she was trained at the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School and studied with Audrey Plitt, Eliza Woods, James Friskin and Mieczysław Munz. She taught at the Peabody Conservatory for 20 years and at the Cornish College of the Arts and she also performed as a guest artist with the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet, wind quintet-in-residence at the University of Washington School of Music since 1968. Many of Goldsteins recordings were first released on LP by Pandora Records, the company went out of business with the advent of the CD. The entire archive of recordings is now available for download without restriction and can be found at many download sites, often her recordings reflect historically informed performance, employing original period instruments and tunings. Complete and Authentic Works from the Neue Bach Gesellschaft, Chopin, Études, Op.10, Études, Op.25. Bach / Martha Goldstein - The Sound of the Keyboard Lute, Bach, Music for Solo Traverso, Volume I. Sonata in B minor for flute or recorder and harpsichord File, andante - Traverso and Harpsichord. ogg H. R. Smith Co. Scanned from a holding at the University of Michigan, OCLC1085363 American Guild of Organists. The American Organist, Volume 19, Issues 1–6, museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri
9. Hilary Hahn – Hilary Hahn is an American violinist. In her active career she has performed throughout the world both as a soloist with leading orchestras and conductors and as a recitalist. She also has built a reputation for championing contemporary music, several composers have written works especially for her, including concerti by Edgar Meyer and Jennifer Higdon. Hahn was born in Lexington, Virginia on November 27,1979 and she began playing the violin one month before her fourth birthday in the Suzuki Program of Baltimores Peabody Institute. She participated in a Suzuki class for a year, between 1984 and 1989 Hahn studied in Baltimore under Klara Berkovich. In 1990, at ten, Hahn was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she became a student of Jascha Brodsky, Hahn studied with Brodsky for seven years and learned the études of Kreutzer, Ševčík, Gaviniès, Rode, and the Paganini Caprices. She learned twenty-eight violin concertos, as well as programs, chamber works. In 1991, at the age of eleven, Hahn made her orchestral debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Soon thereafter, Hahn debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Hahn made her international debut in 1995 in Germany with a performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Lorin Maazel and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. The concert was broadcast in Europe, a year later, Hahn debuted at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, New York City as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. During this time she coached violin with Jaime Laredo, and studied music with Felix Galimir. In a December 2001 interview on PBS, Hahn stated that of all musical disciplines, on March 17,2015, Hahn announced via Facebook that she and her husband were expecting a child, she gave birth in August to a girl, named Zelda. Her recordings are often marked by a blending of newer and traditional pieces and her albums include pairings of Beethoven with Leonard Bernstein, Schoenberg with Sibelius, Brahms with Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky with Jennifer Higdon. Hahn has played with such as the London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra. The concert was recorded and released by Deutsche Grammophon, in addition to being a solo violinist, Hahn has also performed as a chamber musician. Since the summer of 1992 she has performed every year with the Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival in Skaneateles. In 2004, she toured Saint Petersburg, Russia, with the Poulenc Trio. On January 14,2010, Hahn appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan OBrien for an interview, after a performance with Valentina Lisitsa on piano, in support of her album, Bach, Hahn has been interested in cross-genre collaboration and pushing musical boundaries
10. Michael Hedges – Michael Alden Hedges was an American composer, acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter. Michael Hedges was born in Sacramento, the son of Dr. Thayne Alden Hedges, Hedges life in music began in Enid, Oklahoma, as he flirted with various instruments before focusing on flute and guitar. He eventually enrolled at Phillips University in Enid to study classical guitar, Hedges covered a wide range of musical styles and was considered an extremely dynamic performer in concert. Hedges made ends meet playing and singing in pubs and restaurants in the Baltimore Metro area during his tenure at Peabody, from 1976 to 1977 he played electric guitar and flute for a local jazzy folk rock group called Lotus Band, which he left to start performing solo acoustic. In 1980, he plans to move to California to study music at Stanford University. Hedges first two recordings for Windham Hill—Breakfast in the Field and Aerial Boundaries—were milestones for the acoustic guitar and he wrote nearly exclusively in alternate tunings. His early recordings and most of the Breakfast in the Field album were recorded on the Ken DuBourg guitar and he also made extensive use of string damping as employed in classical guitar, and was known to insist strongly on the precise duration of sounds and silences in his pieces. He also played guitar variants like the guitar, and the TransTrem Guitar. He was a multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, percussion, tin whistle, harmonica, bassist Michael Manring contributed to nearly all of Hedges records. His fourth album, a recording called, Live on the Double Planet, was assembled from 40 of his live concerts captured from 1986 to 1987 recordings. Subsequently, Hedges earned the freedom to release his albums with both vocal and instrumental songs, Hedges had a very broad range of influences and his output spans many genres. His musical education was largely in modern 20th century composition and he saw himself as a composer who played guitar, rather than a guitarist who composed music. He was often categorized as a musician because of his association with the Windham Hill record label. Somewhat in reaction to this, he would describe his music as Heavy Mental, New Edge, Acoustic Thrash, Deep Tissue Gladiator Guitar or Savage Myth Guitar, Hedges toured briefly as a co-bill with Leo Kottke. These shows included performances by Kottke and Hedges and, as a finale. Making full use of his equipment, Hedges was also able to precisely the live sound from his instruments within the concert hall in which he was performing. He used state-of-the-art equipment such as Sunrise magnetic soundhole pickups, the piezo-crystal F. R. A. P. and later, Hedges was married to flautist Mindy Rosenfeld but the couple divorced in the late 1980s. He was the father of two children, Mischa Aaron Hedges and Jasper Alden Hedges, in late 1997, Hedges died at the age of 43 in a car accident along State Route 128 in Mendocino County, near Boonville
11. Michael Hersch – Michael Nathaniel Hersch is an American composer and pianist. This shook me, Hersch has written, thats when I knew that I was to be a composer. My whole life started over at that moment and he almost immediately began studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. He believed that a composer confronting his or herself in this manner would force the composer to look in the seeing, along with the good. Hersch moved on to the Moscow Conservatory, where he worked with Albert Leman and Roman Ledenev and he also worked with John Corigliano, John Harbison and George Rochberg at a program for young composers in 1995. Hersch then returned to Peabody for graduate studies and he serves on the faculty at Peabody, where he is the Chair of the composition department. Early success His first success came when Marin Alsop selected Elegy for Strings as winner of the American Composers Prize, in 2000 Hersch won the Rome Prize, where he worked with Luciano Berio, and in 2001 the Berlin Prize, where he worked with Hans Werner Henze. The disc was selected by The Washington Post and Newsday as among the most important recordings of 2004-05, Music His music increasingly recorded, Vanguard Classics is in the midst of an acclaimed three volume survey of Hersch’s complete music for solo strings. This project comes several years after the 2007 release of Hersch’s, The Vanishing Pavilions, critic David Patrick Stearns of The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote on the premiere of The Vanishing Pavilions, a work lasting over 2 hours, premiered on October 14,2006. In 2014 his first opera was premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Musics Fishman Space with Ah Young Hong as the solo soprano. The opera, about illness and death, is a reaction to the passing of one of Herschs closest friends in 2009 and its text comes from the deathbed poems of Romanian writer Marin Sorescu. His Violin Concerto was premiered on November 6,2015 by renowned violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Michael Herschs public debut took place in Carnegie Recital Hall in 1999. Also on the program was noted composer Jason Eckardt, both Hersch and Eckardt had received commissions from Carnegie Hall. Michael Hersch rarely performs in public, but commands a wide repertoire from Josquin to Boulez, since 2000 he has primarily focused on performances of his own work. 1, commissioned and performed as part of the Dallas Symphony Orchestras centennial season, Alan Gilbert conducting Umbra, written for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, recording location and date, The Concert Hall, Lighthouse, Poole, UK, 6–7 June 2005. Review, Phillip Scott of Fanfare says It is not difficult to hear why conductors of the caliber of Alsop and he writes for orchestra with a sure hand. His Symphony No.1 in one movement is indisputably a promising first essay in the genre, over a 27-minute span, Michael Herschs page at Theodore Presser Company Michael Hersch web site Michael Hersch YouTube Channel
12. David Hogan (composer) – David Hogan was a composer and musical director of CIGAP—Le Choeur Intl Gai de Paris—a choir composed of men who loved music and wanted to show pride in their identity as gay men. A native of Virginia, Hogan graduated from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University with a degree in 1971. He would later help in the founding of The Walden School, when the previous musical director of CIGAP resigned three weeks before its auditions, Hogan was tapped to fill in the position. During his tenure, he was responsible for bringing the CIGAP members into shape, during his career, Hogan had also been tenor soloist with the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Hogan and CIGAP baritone Jean-Paul Galland were killed when TWA Flight 800 exploded off the coast of Long Island, killing all 230 passengers, magnificat and Nunc dimittis Washington, unison treble/organ Obituary from the Washington Post
13. Kevin Kenner – Kevin Kenner is an American concert pianist. At the age of 17, Kenner participated in the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and was awarded the 10th prize, ten years later, in 1990 he returned to Warsaw and achieved second place, and the Polonaise Prize. Earlier that year he won the prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Other awards include the International Terence Judd Award, The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and his achievements have won him critical acclaim from all over the world. Adrian Jack of Londons Independent describes one of Kenners recitals as. the best performance I have ever heard in the hall of all four of Chopins Ballades. And the Washington Post recently proclaimed him a major talent, an artist whose intellect, imagination and pianism speak powerfully and eloquently. The conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, who recorded with such as Arthur Rubinstein, claimed Kenners Chopin interpretations to be the most sensitive. He has performed music with the Tokyo String Quartet, the Endellion String Quartet, the Vogler String Quartet. He has toured with the Piazzoforte String Quintet performing arrangements of Ástor Piazzolla, along with his concert appearances, he has given masterclasses for many years at the International Piano Festival in Krynica, Poland as well as in major centres in Japan and America. More recently he has been giving classes at the International Summer Music Academy in Kraków and he has also been invited to adjudicate in international music competitions in Asia, Europe and the US. Since 2001 he has engaged as a professor of piano at the Royal College of Music, London. He was a member of the jury at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2010, adam Harasiewicz, Nelson Freire, Bella Davidovich, Martha Argerich, and Piotr Paleczny were among other jury members. Kevin has made recordings, including those of Chopins Ballades, Preludes. In 2007, he released a recording of various works by Maurice Ravel. Kevin Kenners official website Biography at the Chopin Foundation website
14. Angel Lam – Angel Lam is a New York-based Hong Kong-born composer and writer. GRAMMY nominated and has received three commissions from New York Carnegie Hall, Lam holds degrees from Yale University, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She first received a commission from Carnegie Halls Weill Music Institute in 2006, the resulting piece she composed, Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain caught the attention of Yo-Yo Ma, who is the artistic director of The Silk Road Ensemble. They took the piece on worldwide concert tours throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Japan, South East Asia, and China, the latter album, where Lam was one of four featured composers, was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Classical Crossover category. Second commission from Carnegie Hall she created the song cycle Sun, Moon, in 2009, she was voted by the magazine Musical America as Artist of the Month and by Yale Alumni Magazine of Yale University as Yalie of the Week. She was a featured New Stage Theater composer in the 40th Hong Kong Arts Festival and she currently resides in New York City and also writes critical reviews for the Broadway, Off-Broadway and indie shows review website Theasy. com. She is a member of the Distinguished Artist Council of the Johns Hopkins University and Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Awardees Association
15. David Meece – David Meece is a contemporary Christian musician who enjoyed success in the mid 80s throughout the early 2000s with more than 30 Top 10 hits. Growing up in Humble, Texas, with an abusive, alcoholic father, by his mid-teens he was touring in Europe and the US. He went on to music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he met his wife, Debbie. David and his wife live in Franklin, Tennessee. David worked with Canadian songwriter/producer and Juno Award winner Gino Vannelli for his albums Chronology, Meece is perhaps best known for his songs We Are the Reason, One Small Child and Seventy-Times-Seven. Meece was requested to appear in Billy Graham Crusades, among other outreach groups and he was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame on June 14,2008 and received the 2009 Visionary Award for the Inspirational Male Soloist category. In November 2012, Meece was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for his body of work by the Artists Music Guild, David I Just Call On You Everybody Needs A Little Help Are You Ready. For example, in the song This Time from the album Learning to Trust, the introductory melody for You Can Go, from the album 7, is taken from the Two-Part Invention No.13 in A Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. Also, the song Falling Down from his album Count the Cost is based on a sonata by Mozart, in 2012, Meece co-wrote the piece Hands of Hope with fellow performers, David L. Cook and Bruce Carroll. The song was a current day remake of We Are the World which featured many famous voices from the music industry, the song went number one on the charts and remained there for two weeks. The song was used as the song for Turning Point Centers for Domestic Violence. DavidMeece. com - The official David Meece website