Matthew Erpelding was selected by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) to represent the Unite States as a Conducting Fellow for the 2017 International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP). The ICEP is committed to leading the world in the creation of opportunities for intercultural and artistic dialogue with choral communities from around the world. This dialogue is the key to creating connections and forging stronger relationships between ACDA and the rest of the world. It is an ongoing exchange program for emerging leaders from the U.S. and their international counterparts to interact with choruses and choral musicians from one another’s respective countries. In 2017, ICEP will oversee professional residencies for a total of 32 conductors from the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico.
Rebecca Urban published a paper entitled “Asexual reproduction and its potential influence on the distribution of an invasive macrophyte” in the journal Northeastern Naturalist. Rebecca and co-author Matt Dwyer (’14) showed that the invasive aquatic plant, swollen bladderwort, has greater asexual reproduction and dispersal ability compared to native bladderwort species, thus helping to explain the sudden spread and great accumulation of a species that can dramatically change lake ecosystems.