What a Night Reply

by Margaret Bell

It’s 8:00 on a Tuesday night. Just a normal weekday night for most but not for the Rush family. Jeanette and Victor Rush’s oldest daughter Kymberli Joye performed live yesterday on national television as a contestant on The Voice. Tonight they find out if she advances further in the competition. But they’re not at a viewing party, they’re in Peabody’s Friedberg Hall waiting for their son Jonathan, a master’s conducting student, to appear onstage to lead the final movement of Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D major in the Peabody Conductors’ Orchestra concert. The Rushes, who have traveled to Baltimore from Connecticut, are doing their best to support two of their three children in big moments of their musical careers at precisely the same time. More…

INTERPLAY: A Collaborative Teaching and Performance Project Reply

This is a guest post by UMBC Music Professor Airi Yoshioka.

4When UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski and Peabody Dean Fred Bronstein met in 2015 upon the opening of UMBC’s Performing Arts and Humanities Building, the seed was planted for a possible collaborative project between the two institutions.  Dr. Sarah Hoover (Special Assistant to the Dean at Peabody), Dr. Linda Dusman (Chair of the Music Department at UMBC), and I met in the fall of 2015 to brainstorm possible ways to tap into each institutions’ strengths. More…

Out in the open: putting away the shame we feel about performance anxiety Reply

This is a guest post by violinist and GPD candidate Kaleigh Acord.

Flustered or ComposedOne wave of compassion in the global community these days takes the form of efforts to combat stigma around mental illness. Parts of the ongoing conversation are acknowledging mental health as a valid issue, and helping people not to feel “abnormal,” “weak,” or ostracized because they are struggling. More…

Peabody Harp Department Presents Baltimore Dimensions at Thursday Noon Reply

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Walking into Cohen-Davison Family Theatre on Thursday, the audience knew this wouldn’t be a typical recital. Maybe it was the beams of purple light swirling across the walls, stage, and ceiling. This was a sneak peak at the Peabody Harp Department’s new multimedia project, Baltimore Dimensions. More…