Soprano Annie Gill (GPD ’08, Voice), a former student of Steven Rainbolt, has been chosen as the grand prize winner of the 2017 Alpha Corinne Mayfield Award in Opera Performance by the National Federation of Music Clubs. The award is granted biennially to an emerging artist who particularly excels in operatic repertoire. Ms. Gill has previously been honored by the National Federation of Music Clubs, winning the third prize in the NFMC Biennial Young Artists Competition in 2013 and a NFMC Career Grant in 2009.
An article by faculty artist John Moran titled “Baltimore Baroque Band: An Ensemble Grows” was featured on Early Music America’s website. The article focuses on the founding of the group by faculty artist Risa Browder and Mr. Moran in 2005, the growth of the ensemble as a whole over time, and the support and community it has built for early music at Peabody.
The Distance, a recent CD release by jazz faculty artist Michael Formanek and his ensemble Kolossus, was ranked fifth Best Jazz Album of the year in the NPR Jazz Critics Poll and made Downbeat Magazine‘s list of Best Albums of 2016. El Intruso – an Argentinian website dedicated to jazz, rock, avant-garde, and other music – also ranked Kolossus as Group of the Year 2016, the CD as fourth Best Album of the Year, and Mr. Formanek as third Best Composer and fourth Best Bassist of 2016.
Faculty artist Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) recently released “Last Words,” an excerpt from a larger work in progress entitled Unseen. The demo recording features vocals by Matthew J. Robinson of Howard University’s Afro Blue, photos by Zach Gross taken for The New Yorker, and documentary audio from The Marshall Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization focused on the U.S. criminal justice system. Unseen is funded by a grant from the Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics.
Faculty artist Denyce Graves was featured with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in an interview by NBC Washington’s News4. The interview detailed Justice Ginsburg’s love of opera and longstanding relationship with Ms. Graves after seeing her perform throughout her career at the Met and in her recent role as Emelda Griffith in WNO’s production of Champion at the Kennedy Center. Find the complete interview here.