Pervinca Rista (BA ’08, Romance Languages; MM ’09, GPD ’10, Violin), currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a PhD in Comparative Literature, will perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 61 with the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra on March 9 and 10. She is the first double doctoral candidate in Johns Hopkins University history. Rista is also currently completing a violin diploma from the State Conservatory in Italy.
Adrienne Geisler (BM ’07, MM ’09, Violin) won a full-time section violin position with the Phoenix Symphony. She is currently performing with the Kansas City Symphony on a one year contract and will start the job in Phoenix this September. Geisler has been fortunate to perform with many orchestras since graduation. Last year she joined the Tucson Symphony and was appointed acting associate concertmaster. Prior to that she performed regularly with the Baltimore Symphony and was a member of the Albany Symphony, Annapolis Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, among others.
A composition by Baris Perker (MM ’05, DMA ’11), Concerto for Alto Saxophone, was performed by saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky and the Boston University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of David Martins, on Feb. 28 at the Tsai Performance Center in Boston, Mass.
Danya Katok (MM ’09, Voice) will perform with cellist Julia Biber at the Classical at Pete’s concert series at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn on April 11. The concert will feature John Tavener’s Akhmatova Songs, Lembit Beecher’s Three Songs of Remembered Love, and the world premiere of James Sproul’s The End.
Sharada Rao (BM ’01, Saxophone), an actuary in Washington, D.C., was featured in an article in the Society of Acuaries’ The Actuary Magazine. In the interview, she speaks about her continued involvement with music and how the skills she learned at Peabody translated into her current career.