Linehan Scholar and Senior Piano Performance Major, Linda Jung spent part of her summer performing at the piano institute at the Miami Music Festival. Linda participated in daily lessons, forums, and studio classes with world renowned pianist including Ching-Yun Hu, Alexandre Moutouzkine, Douglas Humphreys, and Anton Nel. The piano institute is a part of larger festival and provide its students with the opportunity to attend other performances from the different tracks and promotes collaboration among the other students. Pictured on the right is Linda with Anton Nel
Dr. Lisa Cella, flute faculty, taught and performed at the Nief-Norf Summer Festival and at Soundscape Festival. She finished two recording projects, the flute works of Daniele Venturi and a piece to go on a Soundscape Faculty CD by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. In addition, she presented theNational Flute Convention about her proposal for curating “The Changing Face of Virtuosity in Contemporary Times” accepted in its entirety and performed two pieces on this program.
Voice faculty, Lisa Dodson, recently performed as Lily along side her so Colin in The Secret Garden with The Other Voices Theatre in Frederick, MD. The production ran for two weeks in August and a review of the production can be read here.
Over the Summer, drumset professor Scott Tiemann ran a woodworking workshop for teenagers between 13-18 years olds. One of the projects included creating a 10 note bass tongue drum and mallets tuned with a minor pentatonic scale. To the right is one of the completed projects.
This summer, Michael attended Festival Baltimore here at UMBC. During the two week festival, they studied, rehearsed, and received coachings from incredible professional musicians in preparation for a performance of the complete Brahms piano quartets. In addition to the fantastic performing experience, they attended concerts by the faculty featuring complete works by select composers. Michael described the festival as an invaluable experience demonstrating tremendous artistry and musicianship at each performance, and he said the insight and knowledge he received during lessons and coachings made Festival Baltimore a phenomenal experience to look forward to next summer!
The students learned an incredible amount in this short time and finished up with an amazing demonstration of solo, duo and ensemble performances from styles ranging from pop, blues and classical music.
Through his painting, Jonathan sought to evoke some of the natural and social experiences of daily life in this rural part of the country.
By straining the sand from his beachside residence, Jonathan filtered out everything but the finest-grained black sands to be used as raw materials in his paintings. With a limited palette of black, white, ochre and gray, these sands were used to create a textural and aesthetic reference to the black-washed beaches that result from the receding tides.
In addition to the use of sand, Jonathan incorporated mud, clay and cement in his work in order to allude to the humble mud-brick houses that can still be found in these rural areas of the country. These works – which are not only visually textured but also tactile in their nature – serve as a metaphor for the simplicity and humility that underlies the daily experience of so much of the local population.
Despite the persistence of what might be labeled as the area’s ‘underdeveloped existence,’ Jonathan did not create these works to serve as a moral or political statement.
Instead, he sees these paintings as a poetic reference to the individuals who – with hope and humility – continue to find beauty and dignity in the simplicity of their lives.