Alexander Mickelthwate (GPD ’98, Conducting) has been named music director designate of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic after a unanimous vote by a search committee that vetted six candidates over the course of two and a half years. Mr. Mickelthwate currently serves as music director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and will serve as music director designate through June 2018. Mr. Mickelthwate will serve as the Philharmonic’s second music director and the city’s ninth music director since 1924.
Recent Peabody Alumni to Win Positions in Major Orchestras include:
Maki Kubota (BM ’13, Cello) – Houston Symphony, cello
Lucinda Chiu (BM ’15, Violin)- LA Opera Orchestra, violin
Yuan Qi (GPD ’17, Viola) – Assistant principal viola of Delaware Symphony
Alan Buxbaum (BM ’17, Conducting) – Assistant conductor of New York Youth Orchestra
Gabriel Meza (BM ’13, MM ’14, GPD ’16, Violin) – Section violin of Annapolis Symphony
Gabriel Lee (MM ’17, Viola, Early Music: Baroque Violin) – Section violin of Annapolis Symphony
Ha-Young Kim (BM ’11, GPD ’12, Violin) – Section violin of Harrisburg Symphony
The Listening Lab, a former dean’s incentive grant project curated by conducting DMA candidate Rebecca Smithorn, has been adopted by the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and the Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab. The Listening Lab is a music education program that teaches students concentration, awareness, and listening skills through a series of classroom sessions and live orchestra concerts. The project seeks to teach students cognitive skills they can use in many aspects of their life, as well as increase their interest in the arts. A fundraiser for the project will be held on Wednesday, May 31 at 5:30 pm at Impact Hub Baltimore and includes a discussion of the Lab Listening Lab by Ms. Smithorn accompanied by the BCO String Quartet.
Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, led by Jed Gaylin (DMA ’95, Conducting), and Hopkins Concert Orchestra, led by conducting DMA candidate Blair Skinner, have announced their 2017-2018 seasons. The programs will feature John Adams, Sibelius, Bizet, Brahms, Bartok, Haydn, and more. Find the entire listing for the season here.
Hailed as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation, Peabody alumnus Joseph Young has been named the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Artistic Director of Ensembles at the Peabody Conservatory following an international search. In this role, Young will lead the programming and direction of all Peabody Conservatory instrumental ensembles. In addition, he will work with Marin Alsop who leads the graduate conducting program.