New book by Susan Weiss Reply

Susan Weiss is one of three editors of Music Education in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, recently published by Indiana University Press. Weiss also wrote the chapter in the book: “Vandals, Students, or Scholars? Handwritten Clues in Renaissance Music Textbooks.” She will talk about and sign copies of the book on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 pm in Peabody’s Arthur Friedheim Library.

The Fourth Wall Reply

Greg Jukes (BM ’10) has founded a new hybrid arts ensemble called The Fourth Wall. The Fourth Wall explores a new hybrid of the performing arts in which musicians are also dancers and actors. Stretching the boundaries of instrumental performance, The Fourth Wall commissions new interdisciplinary works and reinterprets established repertoire to make music that leaps off the stage. The group performed in August at the National Flute Association’s annual convention, and will perform on Oct. 9 at the Windfall Dancers Studio in Bloomington, Ind., and later in October at the Boston Composers’ Coalition.

Jessica Renfro (MM ’03, Voice; GPD ’05, Opera) Reply

Jessica Renfro (MM ’03, Voice; GPD ’05, Opera) sang Cenerentola with the Jacksonville Lyric Opera in August at the Bellayre Music Festival in Upstate New York. She also had her Carnegie Hall debut in June singing “Seguedilla” and “Mon coeur” with Pacific Opera in New York City. She will appear in a reality show called The Production about how to bridge the gap between the opera singer and the pop culture audience. On November 20, she will perform one of the lead roles, Soh-Jin, in the world premiere of Ssibaji, based on a Korean folk legend, in the Korea Monitor Concert Series. She is also a DiCapo Opera Theatre Resident Artist this season alongside Peabody alumnae Andrea Nwoke (’05) and Laura Virella (BM ’03).

Visit to Shanghai Conservatory Reply

Keng-Yuen Tseng visited Shanghai Conservatory in May with fellow faculty artists Victoria Chiang, Boris Slutsky, Alan Stepansky, and Peabody Director Jeffrey Sharkey. The group also included GPD candidates Hana Morford, viola, and Julie Ahn, violin; AD candidate Marie-Eve Poupart, violin; and alumnae Kathryn Kilian (BM ’10, Violin) and Jiaying Joanna Wang (BM ’10, Violin). They performed at the Conservatory and in the Shanghai Concert Hall, where the concert was televised throughout Shanghai city area and later throughout China.

Visit to Shanghai Conservatory Reply

Boris Slutsky visited Shanghai Conservatory in May with fellow faculty artists Victoria Chiang,  Alan Stepansky, Keng-Yuen Tseng, and Peabody Director Jeffrey Sharkey. The group also included GPD candidates Hana Morford, viola, and Julie Ahn, violin; AD candidate Marie-Eve Poupart, violin; and alumnae Kathryn Kilian (BM ’10, Violin) and Jiaying Joanna Wang (BM ’10, Violin). They performed at the Conservatory and in the Shanghai Concert Hall, where the concert was televised throughout Shanghai city area and later throughout China.