Pianist and composer Jennifer Nicole Campbell (BM ’14, MM ’15, Piano) has been appointed to the faculty at Cecil College in Elkton, Maryland. Ms. Campbell will be serving as Cecil College’s Adjunct Piano Instructor.
Marin Alsop, Peabody Conservatory faculty member, was featured in The New York Times article, “Cracking a Glass Ceiling With the Maestro’s Baton.” The article describes her personal experience with the gender imbalance in conducting. Ms. Alsop comments on how women must navigate the field differently than men to succeed and encourages women to stay inspired in spite of discouragement.
DMA candidate Meng-Sheng Shen, a student of Boris Slutsky, won third prize in the San Marino Piano Competition in the Republic of San Marino. He competed against 261 competitors from 41 different countries. His final performance consisted of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with Maestro Francesco Ommassino and the Republic of San Marino Symphony Orchestra. San Marino Piano Competition has invited him to tour in the Republic of San Marino, Italy, and Germany in the next concert season.
Doctor of Music Arts candidate Xiao-Hui Yang, a student of Boris Slutsky, won the gold medal at the 26th New Orleans International Piano Competition at Loyola University in July. Re Zhang, a graduate student of Boris Slutsky, won the silver medal. They were awarded cash prizes, solo recitals, and performance opportunities with various orchestras including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
By the time the audience hears the opening notes of a symphony, the orchestra has already become a body greater than the sum of its parts. In the weeks before their first concert this past Saturday, the PSO rehearsed that seemingly effortless camaraderie many times. What began with an empty concert hall transformed into a collection of individual voices which, with the maestro’s direction, coalesced into a singular expression of beauty.