Sheila Vail (BM ’77, MM ’82, Piano) has been chosen as an Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow Nominee by Ohio Music Teachers Association. Vail will be honored at the National Conference in Spokane, Wash. in March. There, she will receive a complimentary ticket to the Gala, certificate, and pin.
Former Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick, Ph.D., has made a $1 million pledge of support to the innovative new Breakthrough Curriculum at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. The Breakthrough Curriculum integrates career development and citizen-artistry skills with the traditional performance training of a conservatory, so that every student graduates prepared for success. Grasmick’s gift will support all aspects of the new curriculum including support for specialized faculty, investments in career services, community outreach and partnerships, and diversity and inclusion efforts associated with the new curriculum. More…
Ledah Finck (BM ’16, MM ‘18, Violin), Lavena Johanson (MM ’13, Cello), Julia Sheriff (BM ’12, Piano), Peabody student percussionists Brendan Betyn, Taylor Davis, Ben Mapes, and Robert Rocheteau, and the Bergamont Quartet, comprised of Finck and current Peabody students Sarah Thomas (BM ‘17, Violin); Amy Tan, viola; and Irène Han, cello; will be performing at An Die Musik in Baltimore, Md. in a concert of music by Gemma Peacocke. The concert will take place on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at 7:00 pm and includes selections from Waves + Lines, Peacocke’s song cycle. The work’s debut recording comes out on New Amsterdam Records next week. This concert is presented as a part of the Evolution Contemporary Music Series, founded by faculty artist Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition).
Claire Galloway Weber (MM ’15 Voice) was mentioned in an article in the Republican-American newspaper about Rosa Ponselle. Weber comments on Ponselle’s career trajectory and the exhibit on Ponselle at Peabody, while the rest of the article gives an overview of Ponselle’s early career.
Peabody’s Yale Gordon Competition for Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Harp, and Guitar has announced the winners. Christian Paquette, flute, won a first prize of $1,500 and will play with orchestra during the 2019-2020 academic year. He played Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, FS 119 by Carl Nielsen. Drew Dardis, flute, was awarded a second prize of $750, and Jay Shankar, clarinet, was awarded a shared third prize of $500.