Faculty artist Serap Bastepe-Gray (BM ’96, MM ’99, Guitar) and her SmartGuitar group at Hopkins led by Dr. Nathan Scott, Associate Teaching Professor, Whiting School of Engineering won first place in the Whiting School of Engineering Design Day on May 7 presented by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers judges. Peabody junior Liam Ashwill, guitar, gave the demo performance during their pitch. This project involved a wide range of people and was truly interdisciplinary. Others involved include Dr. Iulian Iordachita, Associate Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Dr. Garrett Lee, luthier; Peabody faculty member Melissa Hullman (MM ’99, Violin); Dr. Jing Xu, Assistant Research Scientist in the Malone Center of Engineering in Healthcare and a member of the Brain, Learning, Animation and Movement (BLAM) Lab; and engineering students Allen Ren, Daniel Hsu, Can Kocabalkanli and Khanh Nguyen.
The Arthur Friedheim Library is a co-publisher of the Public Domain Song Anthology, alongside the University of Michigan and University of Virginia. The anthology consists of songs in the public domain that have been arranged for a modern performer. As more and more songs get released, the anthology will grow.
Faculty artist Serap Bastepe-Gray (BM ’96, MM ’99, Guitar) was featured in the April 2019 edition of She Shreds magazine in an article titled “A Seat at the Table: The Women in Higher Guitar Education.” It noted her work in her joint appointment at both Peabody and the School of Medicine as the co-founder of the JHU Center for Music and Medicine, her creation of the online class Playing Well, her coaching and direction of the Conservatory’s guitar ensemble program, and her work in the design and development of the prototype SmartGuitar as a tool for research and Guitar pedagogy. The article cited her as a “standout, innovative educator…applying her unique expertise in both music and occupational therapy.” Other schools with notable women guitar faculty mentioned in the article included, The Juilliard School, Berklee College of Music and Princeton University.
Trombonist and educator Luke Brimhall will join the Peabody Conservatory jazz faculty beginning in the 2019- 20 academic year. More…
Composer and faculty artist Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) release Love into Concrete as a musical response to Baltimore Ceasefire’s Sacred Space Rituals. The piece was released on Wednesday, May 1, and the recording was performed by Doctoral candidate Lior Willinger (BM ’14, MM ’16, Piano). The piece has been dedicated to Erricka Bridgeford, co-organizer of Baltimore Ceasefire. Purchase the track here.