Fred Bronstein, dean of the Peabody Institute, gave this statement in reaction to the news of recent Peabody graduate Andrew Smith’s passing this week:
“We are saddened by the news that Andrew Smith, a recent Peabody alumnus, passed away this week. A horn player and member of a tight-knit community of brass players during his undergraduate years here, Andrew received his bachelor’s degree from Peabody in 2013. He is remembered for both his musical talent and his warm, engaging personality.
“Many of you knew and worked with Andrew, and his sudden death surely comes as a great shock. Should you need support in dealing with this tragic news, free counseling services are available through the Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center.
“Arrangements for Andrew at this time are not known, but will be communicated when they become available.
“The Peabody community is marked by the loss of any member; it is especially difficult to lose one so young. Our thoughts go out to Andrew’s family and his many friends.”
Chen Zhangyi, a current DMA candidate at Peabody, was one of five artists who was awarded the Young Artist Award 2014. The five artists, including Chen, received their awards at the National Arts Council’s annual Arts Awards alongside the three recipients of the Cultural Medallion, Singapore’s highest cultural honor. The CM and YAA recipients will be eligible for grants to further their practice.
Eric Birckelbaw, a student of Chad R. Bowles at the Peabody Preparatory, is the BSO Young Soloist Winner for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS). He will perform the third movement of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 5 Egyptian on December 4 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Joel Fan (MM ’94, Piano) released a CD on October 14, Dances for Piano and Orchestra, through Reference Recordings. The recording features more obscure works by composers Chopin, Saint-Saëns and Weber as well as works by Pierné, Castro, Gottschalk and Cadman. It is available for purchases through Amazon and a full interview can be found in Fanfare magazine.
Mary Barto, (BM ’67, Flute) and a faculty member at Mannes College The New School for Music, was a quarter-finalist for the Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. A total of 222 quarter-finalists were announced from more than 7,000 initial nominations. The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K – college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. One recipient will be selected from 10 finalists each year, and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students’ lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the Grammy Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. Mary is active in Hopkins/Peabody’s NYC chapter committee.