Thomas Dolby, creator of the memorable 1980s synthpop anthem “She Blinded Me With Science,” will join Johns Hopkins University’s faculty as the first Homewood Professor of the Arts. At Johns Hopkins, starting in the fall, he will be teaching “Sound on Film,” a collaboration between Homewood’s Film and Media Studies program and Peabody’s Recording Arts and Sciences program, in which students create soundtracks for films. The announcement was made by The Baltimore Sun and a video and story about it can be found at the Johns Hopkins Hub.
George Washington University has announced that they will plan to take over the Corcoran Gallery and Corcoran College of Art and Design. A similar merger occured in 1977, when Peabody Conservatory was absorbed by Johns Hopkins University. GWU President Steven Knapp was provost of Johns Hopkins University from 1996 to 2007. The story is featured in the GW Hatchet, “At rescued Corcoran College, a new kind of uncertainty,” and the Georgetowner, “The Redrawn Corcoran: a Question of Leadership.”
On February 26, Peabody Preparatory and OrchKids sponsored a master class with faculty artist Anthony McGill. The BSO donated tickets for Preparatory students to hear McGill play the Mozart Clarinet Concerto on March 27 at the Meyerhoff.
Two-time Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire has been awarded a grant from the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music to commission Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition) for a 20-minute work for voices and strings.
Runestad recently worked with the Osceola All-County Honor Choir as they gave the premiere performance of his new arrangement of “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel.”
Conducted by Philip Brunelle, acclaimed vocal ensemble VocalEssence will perform Runestad’s “Fear Not, Dear Friend” during their featured performance at the ACDA Central Division Conference in Cincinnati. They will also include this work during performances in the Chicago area.