On January 30-31, the Peabody Institute will host a two-day Music, Mind, Meaning conference, supported by the Brain Science Institute at the School of Medicine. Cost is $100; free for JHU faculty, staff, and students. More information can be found at mmmbaltimore2014.org. The conference is featured in a Baltimore Beacon article, “Conference explores music’s effect on brain,” and in a segment on WYPR Maryland Morning.
OrchKids recently received a million dollar gift from Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, which will enable the program to increase the number of participating schools from 5 to 8, as well as boost enrollment from 750 to 1600 students. The program also received a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award at the White House in November. An article in the Baltimore Brew, “OrchKids reap the rewards of practice, practice, practice,” announces the gift, as well as spotlights instructor Russell Kirk (BM ’05, Jazz Saxophone).
Senior Young Ik Jang, guitar, has been selected to participate in the Schadt String Competition for Classical Guitar sponsored by the Allentown Symphony. The competition is one of several prestigious guitar concerto competitions in the US and regularly has some of the best young international talent competing for this prize. The semifinals will be held on February 28, with the finals on March 1.
On January 21, Thumbscrew, a New York jazz trio, released its debut album with Cuneiform Records. Members of the group include Peabody faculty artist Michael Formanek, bass, Mary Halvorson, guitar, and Tomas Fujiwara, drums. The album and a sound clip of its opening track, “Cheap Knock Off,” is featured in the Chicago Reader. The album can be purchased on Amazon.