Jonathan Parrish (MM ’92, French Horn) will be the new executive director of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.
Rosa Ponselle Distinguished Faculty Artist Denyce Graves, voice, recently appeared in Time Magazine for her remembrance of Jessye Norman in the wake of her passing. She described the impact that Norman had on her as a young African-American singer and the inspiration she drew from her in the early years of her career.
Preparatory faculty artist Michaela Trnkova, harp, and the Peabody Preparatory Harp Ensemble performed at the 13th American Harp Society Summer Institute in Winston-Salem North Carolina on June 17, 2019. This National event showcased the ensemble’s superb musicianship, dedication, and harp work. American Harp Society, Inc. and the Board of Directors of the American Harp Society called Trnkova and the Peabody Preparatory Harp Ensemble “outstanding.” The performance on June 17 “inspired excellence and was a superb reflection of aspiration to do the very best on behalf of the harp and harpist. The concert provided a tangible demonstration of the AHS’s commitment to its mission to celebrate legacy and excellence. It was both personally rewarding and empowering for the audience.” Michaela Trnkova also received recognition from the American Harp Society for her valued contributions to the event, which was called “Destination Innovation.”
Anastasia Pike (MM ’07, Harp), a former student of Jeanne Chalifoux, performed with her students at the 107th Annual First Lady’s Luncheon. Other artists at the bi-partisan event included Kathie Lee Gifford, Lee Greenwood, Nicole C. Mullen, and Michael W. Smith.
Melanie S. Keller (BM ’99, Flute) along with her ensemble, Tree City Chamber Players, has received a $2,000 2019 grant from the Boise City Department of Arts & History as part of the Boise Composers Commission Project. The group will use the funds to commission three Idaho composers to each write a piece for the ensemble which will be premiered in May 2020 on an Idaho-themed program.