Preparatory students Connor Chaikowsky, violin, and Caleb Park, cello, have both been selected to participate in the 2018 Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra, which will take place in the Swiss Alps this summer. Connor is a student of Andréa Picard Boecker and Caleb is a student of Alison Wells.
Peabody master’s candidate Taylor Davis, percussion, has received the Presser Foundation’s Graduate Music Award for his proposal, “Percussion Education Website.” The website will provide beginning and intermediate instruction on percussion instruments and create a digital library of high-quality percussion performance videos.
Peabody students have been featured on television broadcasts. Doctoral candidate and recent Naumburg winner Xiaohui Yang, piano, was featured on Maryland Public Television’s Artworks series. The episode aired on February 2. Peabody master’s candidate Sam York, oboe, and junior Sarah Lynn, baroque flute, were featured on WUSA9 for their work with the Musician-in-Residence program. They live in retirement communities and regularly perform for the residents. This story was aired on February 16.
Faculty artist Michael Hersch’s (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) Images from a Closed Ward was chosen by violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja as one of the top five recordings she “can’t live without.” She was interviewed by the Violin Channel, and named the FLUX Quartet’s recording of Herch’s music, which was released March 2, in her list.
Joseph Montcalmo, Peabody’s Director of Academic Technology and Instructional Design, co-authored an article, “Constructing ‘Authentic’ Science: Results from a University/High School Collaboration Integrating Digital Storytelling and Social Networking,” which was recently published in the journal “Research in Science Education.” The study explores the implications of a redesign of a college course that entailed a new partnership between a college neuroscience classroom and a high school. Montcalmo was also interviewed for an article, “Innovative Online Education Improves Classroom Education,” appearing in the issue “Expanding Educational Opportunity” of Mighty Guides. The publication sought out 20 educational leaders to learn more about how institutions tap technology to improve education and make it available for all students, including those with differing abilities. Last Spring, Montcalmo was a featured panelist for the “Future of Learning Panel: Next Generation Multi-literacy Centers Complete the Picture of 21st Century Learning Commons” at the Next Generation Learning Spaces conference in San Diego.