Dan Trahey will lead a cultural exchange to Scotland Reply

On June 2, 2013, faculty member Dan Trahey (BM ’00, Tuba, Music Education) is leading a team of lead musicians, advocates, and educators to Stirling, Scotland, for a cultural exchange with the El Sistema program, Big Noise. Trahey has traveled to over 20 countries and 30 states to study the way in which different cultures experience music and educate youth musically.  Other participating members of the Peabody community include student Lauren Rausch, Nick Skinner (BM ’08, Trumpet), Rafaela Dreisin (MM ’10, Trumpet), and faculty member Elijah Wirth (BM ’99, Tuba; MM ’02, Music Education).  The trip is funded by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

$1.2M grant to support interdisciplinary music program at Johns Hopkins Reply

Johns Hopkins University has been awarded three grants totaling $2.5 million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create a new interdisciplinary program in music between the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Peabody Institute, to expand arts programming, and to support postdoctoral fellows in the humanities.

A grant for $1.2 million will be used to engage bridge professors—jointly appointed by the Krieger School and Peabody—who will, in time, form the core of a faculty embedded in humanities and social science departments, with interests in aspects of music. These scholars will create a new music major that will capitalize on the rich resources in performance, music theory, and musicology at Peabody and in the historical, cultural, and scientific study of music at the Krieger School.

The entire article, from Hub, can be viewed here.

Elizabeth Burnham has completed an acoustic study for OrchKids Reply

Elizabeth Burnham, student of  Neil Thompson Shade in the Recording Arts Department, has completed an acoustic study for the OrchKids program.

Located in the Lockerman-Bundy Elementary School, the existing OrchKids room, cafeteria, music room, gymnasium, and auditorium do not provide appropriate acoustics for music spaces, nor are the audio/visual systems suitable for the technological needs of the OrchKids program.  Burnham met with OrchKids administrators in January to propose her study, and during the Spring semester, she performed acoustic measurements in the spaces, developed economical acoustic treatment recommendations, and designed audio/visual systems. In April, she met with OrchKids administrators and the Baltimore City Schools Facility Design and Construction Department to pitch her recommendations.

Baltimore City Schools will allocate partial funding to implement selected modifications and construction will commence during the summer break. Funding will be sought to complete the acoustic and audio/visual systems design modifications.

After graduation, Burnham will be employed as an audio/visual systems designer at Design & Integration in Baltimore.