Victoria Chiang shares her 5 essential practice skills with The Violin Channel Reply

Victoria ChiangThe Violin Channel caught up with Conservatory viola faculty member Victoria Chiang at the Aspen Music Festival where she gave them her five tips for ensuring efficient practice.

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VC MASTERCLASS | Victoria Chiang, Peabody Institute – ’5 Essential Skills for Ensuring Efficient Practice’ – The Violin Channel


Washington Post profiles Leon Fleisher Reply

Fleisher in his studio

Credit: Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post

Leon Fleisher, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chair in Piano, discusses movement, method, and defying gravity in an intimate spotlight by the Washington Post. Read the full article here:

In a top-floor studio, conductor and teacher Leon Fleisher aims for the musical heights – The Washington Post

Michael Repper joins Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as 2014-2015 BSO-Peabody Conducting Fellow Reply

Michael RepperDMA conducting student Michael Repper will join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  for its 2014-2015 season as this year’s recipient of the BSO-Peabody Conducting Fellowship. Established in 2007 by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Peabody Institute, the program provides intensive mentoring and experience for promising conductors and is designed to give them the musical foundations and the leadership skills they will need to take the helm of a major orchestra.

Repper currently serves as the assistant conductor of the Peabody Singers, the Peabody-Hopkins Chorus, and the Peabody Concert Orchestra under Ed Polochick. He has led the Peabody Symphony Orchestra in multiple recordings of new compositions and conducts Musicians of Mercy, a Symphony Orchestra in Metropolitan Washington, D.C. that performs concerts to raise money for local and national charities.

Press Release – Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces Several New Conducting Appointments

Melissa Wimbish wins 2014 NATS Artist Awards Competition Reply

Melissa_WimbishAt the 53rd National Conference of the National Associations of Teachers of Singing, Melissa Wimbish (GPD ’11, Voice; GPD ’14, Chamber Music) won the final round of the 43rd NATS Artist Awards competition for singers. The NATSAA is designed to help singers who are ready to launch their professional careers and comes with substantial cash prizes, scholarship, and performance opportunities.

from the press release:

BOSTON– Soprano Melissa Wimbish won the 43rd NATS Artist Awards competition for singers on Saturday evening at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, collecting more than $10,000 in cash and prizes in the process.

The NATSAA finals were held on the opening day of the 53rd National Conference. Eight finalists competed for the top award, which is funded by the NATS Foundation, AIMS in Graz, Hal Leonard Corporation, Futura Productions and Distinguished Concerts International New York.

Wimbish receives $5,000 in cash, $2,500 for a winner’s recital at the 2016 NATS Conference in Chicago, $2,500 towards personal expenses for a New York solo recital debut sponsored by DCINY, a full-tuition scholarship to AIMS, and a studio recording package from Futura Productions. Hal Leonard will also provide a $1,000 gift certificate for music.

“It was an incredible evening with outstanding performances by all singers,” NATS Executive Director Allen Henderson said. “This competition is one of the longest-standing NATS traditions, and tonight was another proud chapter in its history.”

Wimbish, of Baltimore, Md., has already enjoyed a noteworthy career. She has been praised by The New York Times for her “stylish singing” and by The Boulder Daily Camera as “simply incredible…the highlight of the entire evening,” soprano Melissa Wimbish is quickly garnering recognition for her artistry, technical prowess, and captivating stage presence.

During the 2013/14 season, Wimbish will perform the role of the History Teacher in the highly anticipated NYC-premiere of Paul’s Case by composer Gregory Spears and directed by Kevin Newbury. With Opera AACC, she will debut the role of Micaëla in George Bizet’s Carmen followed by another debut with American Modern Ensemble in Robert Paterson’s Ghost Theater. Alongside pianist and composer Tom Cipullo, she will appear in recitals presented by Urban Arias at Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.

Her abilities as a versatile young artist have earned a number of performance engagements both on and off the opera stage. An equally compelling stage actress, her resume includes a healthy roster of theater experience.

Melissa Wimbish wins 2014 NATS Artist Awards Competition–

David Hildebrand featured in BBC Radio 4 profile of Star-Spangled Banner Reply


From BBC Radio 4:

The author and critic Erica Wagner, a New Yorker by birth, explores America’s relationship with its national anthem. The Star-Spangled Banner is embedded in American national identity and yet it only became the official national anthem in 1931. Erica returns to its origins, almost exactly two centuries ago at the Battle of Baltimore in 1814, a decisive moment in the Second War of American Independence, to find out how Francis Scott Key came to write these lyrics about the American flag. She speaks to the acclaimed American poet Mary Jo Salter about the merit of the lyrics, and to the musicologist at the Peabody Conservatory David Hildebrand about how the music changed over time to become the anthem we know today.

BBC Radio 4 – O Say Can You See?