Master’s candidate Jonathan T. Rush, orchestral conducting, is the Spring 2019 Spotlight Artist for Stay Thirsty Magazine. He is featured on the site in an article outlining his many successes.
Julien Benichou (GPD ’01, Conducting) conducted the world premiere of a new violin concerto, Vermillion, by Stephanie Ann Boyd. The premiere was a part of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra’s spring gala concert, which took place on March 16 at 1:00 and 6:00 pm.
Faculty artist Maria Lambros, viola, released a recording of the two Brahms Viola Quintets with the New Zealand Quartet on Naxos Records in February. She also recently launched Our Joyful Noise Baltimore, a non-profit organization that presents a series of concerts featuring professional musicians in veterans’ shelters, women’s prisons, cancer treatment residences, and for people living with autism in the Baltimore community.
Peabody’s Sensory Friendly concert was featured in an article in the Baltimore Sun. The article interviews faculty artist Kerry Delvin, Dean Sarah Hoover, and the Bulliet Trio about the concert and how it caters to audiences on the autism spectrum. It also outlines what these audiences need in terms of a concert setting and how they have advanced abilities in many musical ways. In accompanying video interviews showing clips from rehearsals and the performance, Delvin talks about what a sensory-friendly concert is and how it unites the community.
Christine Pulliam Melamed (MM ’10, Vocal Accompanying) who founded Prelude Opera in 2017 with successful production of “The Three Little Pigs,” has announced that the company will continue it’s programming of children’s opera with “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” in 2019. In February, Melamed performed in a recital titled “Love is in the Air” incorporating works by Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, Kreisler, Gershwin and Rodgers and Hammerstein with mezzo-soprano Brittany Fowler and violinist Caroline Drexler at St. Cabrini Shrine in NYC. Melamed continues her work as a faculty member at King’s College in New York City, which she joined in 2010. As an opera coach and director, she has worked for the Atlantic Music Festival, Masterworks Festival and the Opera Company of Brooklyn. As music director of the opera company Dramma per Musica, she directed Don Giovanni, Xerxes, Giulio Cesare and Ariodante.