Harmony of Virginia, founded by Shelley Greene (BM ’92, Harp), was selected a 2021 A-List Wedding Vendor by Richmond Magazine and one of three Top Wedding Industry Vendors in the Best Service Provider for Small or Backyard Weddings Category and in the LGBTQ-Friendly Vendor Category. Harmony of Virginia has been offering live music for virtual weddings as well as in-person events. Greene founded Harmony Of Virginia, a company for her services as a soloist harpist that promotes and facilitates the hiring of other professional African-American musicians.
The Peabody BFA Dance program was named one of “The Top 20 BFA Dance Programs for 2020-21” by OnStage Blog citing the program’s “interdisciplinary perspective to immerse students in the critical study of movement, bodies, and society that accounts for historical and socio-cultural tensions on and off the stage.”
The Friedheim Library has recently digitized the audio recordings of three 1984 concerts featuring works by Black composers. The three-day National Black Music Theater Symposium was held at Peabody in February 1984 as a co-production of the Peabody Institute and Morgan State University. The Peabody Chamber Orchestra and the Choral Ensemble of Morgan State presented the opera “Ernestine” by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, in its first performance since 1777, with a lead performance by Prep alumna Yvette Matthews. Stanley Thurston conducted the Fernando Allen Singers in songs by James Bland and a world premiere of a Will Marion Cook arrangement. Visiting baritone Ben Holt performed songs with pianist Cliff Jackson. Recordings are now available in Peabody’s streaming collections.
Duo Sila – Christina Manceor (MM ’17, Percussion) and Amanda Dame (MM ’19, Flute) – released their inaugural album, Traditions Reimagined, on February 26, 2021. The album explores the infusion of international music traditions within 20th Century music. They will host a virtual album release party on Sunday, February 28.