Jeffrey Sharkey, director of the Peabody Institute, offered the following statement in reaction to news of the death of John Shirley-Quirk, a member of the Peabody faculty from 1992 to 2012:
“The Peabody community is saddened to lose John Shirley-Quirk, a respected colleague, beloved teacher, and consummate musician. I had the honor of working with John for most of my years as director at Peabody. I first heard him sing at Tanglewood in the summer of 1980 and was captivated by his lyrical voice and warmth of spirit. John had one of the most distinguished vocal careers in the world, including his outstanding collaborations with Benjamin Britten. I am grateful to have seen first-hand his wonderful teaching and commitment to all of his students. Our thoughts are with our friend, Terry Shirley-Quirk and all of their family during this difficult time.”
Margalit Fox of The New York Times, John Shirley-Quirk, a Bass-Baritone and Specialist in Britten, Is Dead at 82
Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun, Bass-baritone John Shirley-Quirk, eminent Britten expert and Peabody Institute faculty member, dies at 82
Michael White of The Telegraph, Remembering John Shirley-Quirk: the passing of a great British voice
The Telegraph, John Shirley-Quirk- obituary
Chair of Peabody’s Music Theory department David Smooke (MM ’95, Composition) has been selected as a recipient for the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance inaugural Rubys Artist Project Grants. Awards from $2,000 to $10,000 were made to support artists that reflect a diversity of talent and creativity for projects including immersive theater, interactive media experiences, documentary film and musical composition. Smooke’s project is his composition, A Baby Bigger Grows Than Up Was, an ensemble piece for a baritone singer, bass clarinet, trumpet and trombone that uses an alphabetical tale by the Baltimore writer Michael Kimball as inspiration.
Sō Percussion- Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, Jason Treuting, and Eric Beach (BM ’04, GPD ’05, Percussion)- has been named the new Edward T. Cone Performers-In-Residence at Princeton University. The ensemble will teach graduate and undergraduate students, lead workshops, rehearse and perform new works by student and faculty composers, coach chamber music, give master classes and present two concerts from the group’s touring repertoire each academic year.
Preparatory faculty member Fatma Daglar (MM ’95, GPD ’97, Oboe) has performed as soloist in several recent performances, including John Harbison’s Oboe Concerto with Frederick Symphony in October; Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto with the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra in November; and Lukas Foss’ Oboe Concerto with the Piedmont Symphony in April. Daglar is also teaching at University of Maryland this semester.
The Russian Chamber Arts Society’s concert “Pushkin in Music” was reviewed at FestivalDC.com. Faculty artist and director of the Russian Chamber Arts Society, Vera Danchenko-Stern was praised for her performance: “More often than not, in recitals for voice and piano, the listener’s attention gravitates towards the voice. However in rare cases, as when a pianist of Vera Danchenko’s stature is on stage with the singer, her mastery of the keyboard in tonal quality, coloration, dexterity and interpretive gift elevates the listening experience into a sublime balance of voice and instrumentation.”