Bob Parker (BM ’87, Music Education, PC ’87, Trumpet) won the WHAS11 Excel award, an honor bestowed upon exceptional teachers in the Louisville, KY area. During his tenure as the band director at South Oldham Middle School, the number of students in the band program has tripled. Parker and has been teaching for 22 years. The article and video clip featuring Parker and the Excel award can be found online.
Tonya McBride Robles (BM ’95, Music Education) has been hired recently as the Executive Director of The City Choir of Washington. Robles returned to live in Baltimore this summer, after spending most of the last 18 years living around the world with her husband, an active duty U.S. Naval officer. During this time, she taught privately and in international school music programs. Robles also worked in arts administration and led several nonprofit and performing arts organizations.
The Aspen String Trio, of which viola faculty member Victoria Chiang is a member, will perform with pianist and Peabody faculty member, Boris Slutsky at the Community Concerts at Second in Baltimore on September 22 at 3:30 pm. Their program will include memorable works by Beethoven, Martinu, and Dvorák. The concert is free. For more information call 443-750-3309.
The Aspen String Trio will return to the University of Baltimore, where the ensemble is in residence. They will perform the string trios of Beethoven on October 8 at 7 pm. Jonathan Palevsky (MM ’86, Guitar), WBJC radio host, will be providing commentary. The concert will take place at Wright Theater on the fifth floor of the UB Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. For tickets, visit www.etix.com.