Helen Callus (GPD ’94) recorded the complete works for viola and orchestra by Gordon Jacob with the BBC Concert Orchestra in London. She also recorded a new work written for her by Rachel Matthews (MM’91, DMA ’94, Piano) which recently won the top prize in the American Viola Society’s Maurice Gardner Composition Competition. Last September, she recorded the complete Bach Suites in Domaine Forget, Quebec, for Canada’s independent record company, Analekta.
Callus has also been busy making guest appearances with the Tokyo and Juilliard String Quartets; in studio live radio appearances for Performance Today and Saint Paul Sunday.
Recently awarded full professorship at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she has taught over 40 master classes at conservatories around the country including the Cleveland Institute, New England Conservatory, Rice School of Music, Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music and residencies at Indiana University and the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Past president of the American Viola Society, she continues to be active as an advocate for the viola with articles published in Strings magazine and other publications. Her web site, www.HelenCallus.com, is being re-launched this fall.
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.
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) 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).
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.