Senior Associate Dean of Institute Studies Abra Bush has been named to the inaugural Board of Directors for the National Instrumentalist Mentoring + Advancement Network, a national coalition that works to align, promote, and develop equitable opportunities and inclusive environments to advance BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) instrumentalists to thrive in classical music.
Senior Associate Dean of Institute Studies Abra Bush has been appointed to the College Music Society’s Presidential Task Force. Co-chaired by acclaimed pianist Awadagin Pratt (CCM) and leading change agent Mary Javian (Curtis Institute), the task force will conduct a yearlong examination of the state of the profession in and out of the academy and recommend a bold, inter-institutional project that tests and implements strategies for leading systemic change in 2022 and beyond.
Andy Mitchell (BM ’96, MM ’98, Guitar) composed Linear Singularity, a composition about the growth of Artificial Intelligence as represented by music. The piece was dedicated to Matt Palmer, who performed the world premiere on March 6, 2021 through the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society.
The Arthur Friedheim Library has been awarded a Council on Library and Information Resources Recordings at Risk grant to support the project “An electronic music studio in a conservatory: Music from the Jean Eichelberger Ivey papers, 1954-1996.” The project was one of 17 selected for the grant out of 100 submitted applications.
The Conductor – a documentary about women conductors and centered around Marin Alsop – will be screened as a “Viewpoint” film at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival in June. Written and directed by Krieger School Professor Bernadette Wegenstein, the film was shot in part on Peabody’s campus and at Peabody’s 2018 performance of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS.