Alumna Diana Cantrelle (MM ’12, Voice, Pedagogy) wrote and performed a one-act opera version of Puss in Boots (Le Chat Botté). The production premiered in May 2012. Performers for the opera were Peabody artists Abigail Seaman, soprano; David Diehl, tenor; Diana Cantrelle, alto; Peter Tomaszewski, bass. Dmitry Glivinskiy accompanied and Kevin Crysler narrated the work.
Julian Gargiulo (MM ’97, Piano) was invited to perform on Italian national television channel Rai Uno. Gargiulo performed his own transcription of a Piazzolla work and an original composition on Paolo Limiti’s show.
Zane Forshee (MM ’01, GPD ’03, DMA ’11) will be joining the guitar faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Peabody’s second Bassoon Week was a great success. Hosted by Phillip Kolker, bassoon professor and chair of the orchestral instruments and organ department at the Peabody Institute, Bassoon Week is an intensive, five-day program primarily for intermediate and advanced high school and undergraduate college students. The curriculum—which includes daily lessons, master classes, chamber music coaching, and reed-making workshops—offers strategies to help students practice more effectively, improve technique and sight-reading skills, and make a more beautiful sound. Sixteen students from across America participated—from as close by as Baltimore and from as far away as Florida and Texas. More…
Cello faculty artist Alison Wells, and 16-year-old daughter Olivia Sharkey, are traveling to Uganda this summer as part of TUBA, The Uganda-Baltimore Alliance, which reaches about 60 young Ugandan musicians in African villages. Peabody students, who are in a brass quintet called Eastern Edge, will spend four weeks in Uganda over winter break, helping mentor the group.