Harwood Awarded 2nd Place Prize

National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Vocal Competition

Category XIII - Advanced College/Independent Studio Women - Classical

Saturday, February 24, 2018

In Harmony: Arts Barn Coordinator Plays Many Roles

by Ellyn Wexler

The Town Courier & CultureSpotMC

Full article available here.

Monica Harwood enjoys the challenges of a complex professional life. The City of

Gaithersburg’s Arts on the Green community arts program coordinator for the

Arts Barn has two other jobs. Since 2009, she has been Poolesville Presbyterian

Church’s music director and accompanist, and since 2012, she has given private

music and voice lessons in her own Gaithersburg studio. [Read the full story here.]

Watch the Video: Black Water by Jeremy Beck

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates

In 1969, the dead body of a young woman, Mary Jo Kopechne, was discovered inside an overturned car in a channel on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. The car belonged to Senator Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy, who did not report the late-night incident to police authorities until the following morning. After the discovery, Kopechne’s body was recovered from the submerged car and Kennedy gave a statement to police saying that during the previous night, she was his passenger when he took a wrong turn and accidentally drove his car off a bridge and into the water. After pleading guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident after causing injury, Kennedy received a sentence of two months in jail, which was suspended. The incident became a national scandal, and may have influenced Kennedy’s decision not to campaign for President of the United States in 1972 and 1976.











Black Water is a slightly-veiled fictional account of these events. Scored for soprano and piano, the monodrama requires the performers to assume multiple roles and states of mind (following the variety of levels created by Oates). The work is presented almost completely from the point of view of the drowning woman: in reality, in flashback, in dreams and in hallucinations.

Called “an original voice celebrating music” by MusicWeb International (2009), Jeremy Beck’s music has been described by NewMusicBox (2012) as “rhythmically intricate, and making nods to the past while sitting squarely in the present. … Though architecturally rigorous, Beck writes clearly and without pretense.” Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Beck’s music has been presented by New York City Opera, American Composers Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Opera, Yale Opera, the Dallas Festival of Modern Music, IonSound Project, and the Nevsky String Quartet, among others. A graduate of Yale, Duke and Mannes, his music is available on the Innova label.


Monica Harwood, Soprano
Andrew Kraus, Piano