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).
Three Peabody musicians are finalists in the World Bach Competition sponsored by the Boulder Bach Festival – Kristen Dubenion-Smith (MM ’05, Voice) in the Professional Vocalist category, Wade Davis (MM ’11, GPD ’13, Baroque Violoncello) in the Professional Instrumentalist Category, and junior Teresa Deskur, a French horn and music education student who plays recorder, in the Student Instrumentalist Category. The competition features 273 musicians from 239 countries.
Preparatory faculty artist Daniel Trahey (BM ’00, Tuba, Music Education) has received a two-year fellowship from the Jubilation Foundation, which funds teaching artists and organizations with an exceptional talent for bringing joy to people through music and movement particularly in communities with the least access. Trahey recently created the Collective Conservatory during the current global pandemic to facilitate access to music and music education no matter the boundaries.
Sahffi Lynne (BM ’93, French Horn) will present an online medicine music concert called “Hearts Connected from Home” with Kristen Toedtman (MM ’98, Voice) and others on Saturday, May 9, at 7:00 pm EST. Every Sunday evening in May at 8:00 pm EST, Lynne will host a short Medicine Music Meditation, followed by a medicine music song circle share.
Jonathan Parrish (MM ’92, French Horn) will be the new executive director of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.