Doctoral candidate Rachel O’Connor, horn, has been awarded the $10,000 Presser Graduate Music Award. Her project aims to fund a teaching artistry and performance tour focused on enriching musical communities in La Paz, Bolivia; Panguipulli, Chile; and Durango, Mexico; through brass pedagogy and performance training. At these locations, she will partner with established music schools to enhance their training on the horn, a highly specialized instrument. She plans to offer lessons, training, concerts, and seminars for a variety of ages and skill levels.
Richard Antoine White (BM ’96, Tuba) is the subject of a documentary film called “R.A.W. Tuba.” The film chronicles White’s journey from being a homeless child in West Baltimore to his successes as the first African American to earn a doctorate in music for tuba performance. The film will be pre-screened at Baltimore School for the Arts, where White began his music education, on Friday, February 8 at 7:00 pm and on Saturday, February 8, at 2:00 pm. Both screenings will include a Q&A with White and the filmmakers about his story.
Daniel Kassteen (MM ‘99, Trumpet) joined the Sarasota Orchestra as co-principal trumpet on January 2.
Peabody’s Chamber Music Department has announced the 2018-19 Honors Ensembles. Zenith Winds, comprised of Drew Dardis, flute; Andrea Copland, oboe; Chadwick Thomas, clarinet; Jordan Dinkins, horn; and Mateen Milan, bassoon and the Silk Ruby Trio comprised of Fangming Shen, violin; Lan Zhang, viola; and Mafalda Santos, cello, have both been selected to perform in the Honors Ensemble Concert on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 7:30 pm in Goodwin Hall.
Peabody Preparatory faculty artist Dan Trahey (BM ’00, Tuba, Music Education) will be in Chile January 12-21, 2019 leading composition workshops with the National Youth Orchestra of Chile and the Global Leaders Program. This is the 2nd Annual 10-day El Sistema Educators Bootcamp, and it is an intensive residence that supports the professional growth of Teaching Artists. Trahey is a faculty member there and will lead Bootcamp Fellows in workshops to improve their pedagogical techniques.