During the COVID-19 pandemic, Daniel Smith (DMA ’15) has created a unique line of merchandise to help spread an important message about public health. “Go Bach Inside” and “Six Feet Bach Please,” two puns on JS Bach’s name, are printed onto T-shirts, mugs, tote-bags, stickers, and more. 25% of proceeds will be donated to the International Rescue Committee, which is working to fight outbreaks in refugee camps around the world. Get your merchandise now at bit.ly/SocialDistanceBach.

Christina Chan Song An (DMA ’20), with her Trío Rouge, has won the Silver Medal of the Senior String Division at the 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association sponsors the nation’s largest chamber music competition, and is America’s premier educational chamber music competition. Congratulations to Christina, Nick Hammel (violin) and Sohee Kwon (piano), as well as a big thank you to their coach, Prof. Andrew Brownell.

For more information, visit www.fischoff.org .

Christina Chan Song An (DMA ’20), with her Trío Rouge, won First Prize at the 2020 MTNA Chamber Music Performance Competition. Congratulations to Christina, Nick Hammel (violin) and Sohee Kwon (piano), as well as a big thank you to their coach, Prof. Andrew Brownell.

For more information, visit www.mtna.org.

Christina Chan Song An (DMA ’20), with her Favola String Quartet, won the Grand Prize and First Prize at the 7th Coltman Chamber Music Competition. Congratulations to Christina, Haeni Lee (violin), Nick Hammel (violin) and Ruben Balboa III (viola), as well as a big thank you to their coach, Prof. Sandy Yamamoto.

For more information, visit austinchambermusic.org.

CANCELED… Due to the concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, South by Southwest has been canceled.

Presented by South by Southwest, KMFA and Golden Hornet, the 6th Annual ATX Composers Showcase at SXSW 2020 will take place at the Parker Jazz Club on March 18th beginning at 8pm. The lineup includes Mother Falcon with Diana Burgess (BM ’15) and Tetractys with Matthew Armbruster (MM ’16) and James Burch (DMA ’16):

8:00 p.m. – Kraken Quartet

9:00 p.m. – Kompas Trio

10:00 p.m. – Invoke

11:00 p.m. – Graham Reynolds

12:00 a.m. – Mother Falcon

1:00 a.m. – Tetractys

Tickets are $5 at the the door or free with a SXSW Music badge or wristband. For more information, visit SXSW, KMFA or the Golden Hornet.

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Hyugrai “Ray” Kim (DMA ’19) has been offered the position of Assistant Principal Cello in the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Ray was only one of two cellists selected to advance to the Final Round of auditions. Led by music director Giancarlo Guerrero, the 83-member Nashville Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually and is one of the most active recording orchestras in the US, with 29 releases on Naxos, earning a total of 13 GRAMMY® Awards and 24 nominations.

Congratulations, Ray!

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Seulki Lee (DMA ’19) has won a Section Cello position in the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Founded in 1997, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the Petronas Philharmonic Hall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Its orchestra members comprises musicians from 24 countries, including 7 from Malaysia, a remarkable example of harmony among different cultures and nationalities.

The MPO regularly performs at major cities of Malaysia. Internationally, it has showcased its virtuosity to audiences in Singapore (1999, 2001 and 2005), Korea (2001), Australia (2004), China (2006), Taiwan (2007), Japan (2001 and 2009) and Vietnam (2013). Its Education and Outreach Programme, ENCOUNTER, reaches beyond the concert platform to develop musical awareness, appreciation and skills through dedicated activities that include instrumental lessons, workshops and school concerts. ENCOUNTER also presents memorable events in such diverse venues as orphanages, hospitals, rehabilitation centres and community centres.

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