Peabody alumni are involved in a new organization called Lift Music Fund, which mission is to make achievement in music more accessible and equitable. The group awards microgrants every month to Black, Latinx, and Native American student musicians to help offset the incidental costs of pursuing a career in music – things like equipment, lessons, travel, application fees, instrument repairs, etc. Lift Music Fund is currently hosting a Micro-Concerts for Microgrants fundraiser series which will feature online performances by professional musicians across the nation. The fundraising series will feature performances from the following Peabody alumni: Claudia Malchow (BM ’17, Viola), Jessica Korotkin (BM ’16, Cello), Shannon Fitzhenry (BM ’18, Violin), Sophie Fortunato (BM ’17, Violin), Bailey Jo Hutton (BM ’17. Voice, Music Education; MM ’17, Voice, Pedagogy), Harry Oehler (BM ’16, Trombone, Music Education; MM ’18, Trombone), and Ian Striedter (BM ’16. Trombone; MM ’17, Audio Sciences).
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An article by Kate Wagner (MA ’18, Audio Sciences) was published in The Atlantic called “How Restaurants Got So Loud” on November 27. The article discusses the trends in architecture, interior design, and public taste when it comes to restaurant design, and how these have all impacted the decibel level at popular upscale eateries. She was then interviewed on NPR’s Marketplace by Kai Ryssdal on December 4 about restaurant design.
Kate Wagner (MA ’18, Audio Sciences) has a featured article in Vox. The author of the architecture blog, McMansion Hell, critiques Betsy DeVos’s summer home in Michigan for this article.
Joel Watts (BM ’14, Horn; BM ’15, Recording Arts; MM ’15, Audio Sciences) received the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for his work as assistant recording engineer. Mr. Watts engineered a live recording of Shostkovich’s Under Stalin’s Shadow, featuring Shostakovich’s Symphonies No. 5, 8 ,and 9 performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andris Nelsons. Find more information on the Grammy win on boston.com and The Boston Music Intelligencer.