Faculty artist Serap Bastepe-Gray (BM ’96, MM ’99, Guitar) and her SmartGuitar group at Hopkins led by Dr. Nathan Scott, Associate Teaching Professor, Whiting School of Engineering won first place in the Whiting School of Engineering Design Day on May 7 presented by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers judges. Peabody junior Liam Ashwill, guitar, gave the demo performance during their pitch. This project involved a wide range of people and was truly interdisciplinary. Others involved include Dr. Iulian Iordachita, Associate Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Dr. Garrett Lee, luthier; Peabody faculty member Melissa Hullman (MM ’99, Violin); Dr. Jing Xu, Assistant Research Scientist in the Malone Center of Engineering in Healthcare and a member of the Brain, Learning, Animation and Movement (BLAM) Lab; and engineering students Allen Ren, Daniel Hsu, Can Kocabalkanli and Khanh Nguyen.
Master’s student Camila Agosto, composition, was named a finalist in the LA Philharmonic’s 2019 National Composer Intensive. Her new piece Tybontoan will be premiered by the International Contemporary Ensemble on Saturday, June 1 at 1:15 pm on the main stage of the Walt Disney Recital Hall during the LA Phil’s Noon to Midnight festival. In the fall, she will begin Doctoral studies at Columbia University.
Timothy Nelson (BM ’04, Composition), Janna Critz (MM ’13, GPD ’14, Voice), Cara Gonzalez (BM ’06, Voice; A&S BA ‘06, Latin American Studies), and Madelyn Wanner Salazar (BM ’09, Voice) will all be involved in the In Series’ upcoming production of The Tale of Serse, to be performed at the Theatre Project June 14-16. This production marks the premiere of the In Series own orchestra Innovatio that will perform on period instruments.
Joe Rooney has been appointed associate dean for finance and administration at the Peabody Institute effective May 13, 2019, following a national search. Rooney is an accomplished nonprofit executive with more than 20 years of experience as both chief financial officer and chief operating officer. Most recently, Rooney has served as deputy director of the metropolitan policy program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., where he has led finance and accounting, grant/contract administration, and human resources functions, and participated in strategy development and planning since 2014. Prior to that, Rooney served as chief operating officer at Arts Presenters, a national service organization for performing arts venues, artists, agents, managers, and related professionals as well as vice president, operations at The New 42nd Street, focused on redevelopment of Times Square. No stranger to Baltimore, Rooney held a number of positions at Center Stage earlier in his career including serving as director of operations. Rooney is a certified executive coach and earned an MBA from Columbia University.
Incoming master’s student Leonard Weiss, conducting, was featured in an article in The Canberra Times. He will study with Marin Alsop next fall.