SMND Conducting Students and Alumni Making Their Mark!

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Conductor Howard Eckdahl travels to Oxford to record one of his arrangements of music by Herbert Howells
Conductor Howard Eckdahl (DMA '22) traveled to Oxford University to hear Merton College Choir and Benjamin Nicholas record his own arrangement of Herbert Howells' "Like as the Hart" with the Britten Sinfonia, for the forthcoming Delphian Records disc that  also features Ian Venables' setting of the Requiem and Jonathan Clinch's orchestration of Howells' 'O pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.' Howard conducted this and other four of his arrangements of Howells' works during his third doctoral recital last May 27 in Reyes Hall. Our congratulations to Howard for this important recognition! Pictures can be found HERE.


Emmanuel De Leon selected to conduct Symphony Tacoma during the Cascade Conducting Masterclass
On July 17, conductor Emmanuel de Leon (DMA'22) was selected competitively among 18 other conductors to lead composer Mark Pritchard’s work Flux during the Cascade Conducting and Composing Masterclass with Symphony Tacoma, organized by Maestra Sarah Ioannides and composer David Serkin Ludwig, new Dean of Music at the Juilliard School. Eman also studied several works by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, and was supported by a grant by Notre Dame Nanovic Institute. Their video will remain online and we can all watch it again. Eman did our Conducting Studio proud!  


Emerson Eads (DMA '18)  is awarded by the American Prize
Conductor/composer Emerson Eads, an alum of the Conducting Studio at the University of Notre Dame has been honored by the American Prize. 
Emerson has a unique voice as an artist, addressing issues of social concern with uncanny lyricism, compassion, and beauty, in both his programming and composing. Bravo, Emerson, and thanks for sharing the performance link!