The Sprezzatura Duo, featuring Anastasia Pike (MM ’07, Harp) and Kate Loughrey (MM ’08, Harp), gave the world premiere of Peyi-a Chanje, commissioned from Caleb Vaughn-Jones (PC ’06, Cello), at the American Harp Society’s National Conference in Atlanta on July 1. Ms. Pike also gave a presentation titled “The End of the Conservatory” at the College Music Society’s National Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. on November 5, 2015.
Julian Gargiulo (MM ’97, Piano) performed in Australia on Saturday, July 16 in Perth and at the Noosa Festival on Friday, July 22.
Justine Koontz, who studied composition at the Preparatory with Judah Adashi, is a recipient of the Fulbright award. Ms. Koontz will be living in Riga, Latvia, to determine how “the country that sings” maintains and burnishes that reputation. This year she received a Master in Music from Butler University.
Peggy Houng (BM ’14, Harp; KSAS BA ’14, Cognitive Science) was one of four winners of the Hildegard Behrens Foundation 2016 “Global Humanitarian Entrepreneur Award” for her program Harp Wise. The program, aimed at serving the Broadmead Retirement Community in Cockeysville, Maryland, was designed to address issues facing the elderly, such as dementia, hearing loss, and arthritis. It does this through two components: a biweekly concert series and weekly group harp lessons. It is designed to be administered to participants at a low cost with the support of health insurance subsidies. Ms. Houng is a graduate of the Global Leaders Program of YOA (Youth Orchestras of the Americas).
Fred Bronstein, Dean of the Peabody Institute, said: “Marni Nixon, who was the recipient of the 2011 George Peabody Medal, was a national treasure, although most people would not have known it. As the actual, anonymous singing voice behind the leading ladies in some of Hollywood’s most famous musicals on film – including Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady to name just two – she was omnipresent, largely uncredited, and always spectacular. We are proud of her association with Peabody and saddened to hear of her passing.”