The Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys is featured in an article in Dance Teacher, “Boy Crazy: Five strategies to fill your program with males.” The program, which was introduced five years ago, concentrates on attracting boys 9-11 years old, with auditions held in local schools. There are four all-male classes a week in three levels for the 30 boys in the program. Barbara Weisberger, artistic advisor for Peabody Dance, and Timothy Rinko-Gay, former coordinator for the boys program, are quoted in the article.
On October 12, the Bath Philharmonia held its Sound Connections Competition. The composition competition is the brain-child of the Philharmonia’s new manager, Teresa Shirley-Quirk (BM ’78, Cello). Three finalists, selected by eminent composers Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews and Joe Duddell from over 70 international applicants of all ages and backgrounds, had their works performed by the orchestra. The audience then cast their votes, and the winner was announced: Heimweh, a piece for chamber orchestra by Italian composer Nicola Straffolini. The event garnered national attention, winning the orchestra its first ever grant from Arts Council England and the National Lottery, and attracting the support of Schott Music, who is publishing the winning composition.
Leith Symington Griswold died of heart failure on October 29 at the age of 97. “All of us at Peabody were saddened to learn of the death of Leith Symington Griswold. Mrs. Griswold studied piano at the Peabody Preparatory in the ’20s and ’30s and received a bachelor’s degree from the Conservatory in 1956,” said Jeffrey Sharkey, director of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. “She and her family remained lifelong friends and supporters of the Peabody Institute. Her commitment continued when she endowed the Arabella Leith Symington Griswold Endowed Scholarship in Piano. … The Griswold Hall features a beautiful Holtkamp organ and is one of the finest halls for solo and small ensemble performances in the Baltimore region. This beautiful concert venue would not have been possible but for the steadfast support of Mrs. Griswold and her family. The Peabody Institute will be forever grateful.” The full obituary can be viewed in the Baltimore Sun.
MM Computer Music student Yiyi Cui received the Excellence Prize in the Musicacoustica-Beijing Competition. Her audio/video work, Beijing Impression, placed top 10 in the Multimedia Music of Electroacoustic Music and Video category. In the piece, she combined eastern and western musical elements to convey the different sides of Beijing. The judges praised her composing skills, noting that her piece touched their hearts. Cui is a student of McGregor Boyle.
Harold F. Chambers (BM ’90, Recording Arts, Saxophone) has been appointed to the position of recording engineer for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He will join the symphony for its 2013-14 season and will principally be responsible for recording all subscription series concerts, which will be the basis of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s syndicated radio series.