Guitar faculty artist and Director of LaunchPad Zane Forshee (MM ’01, GPD ’03, DMA ’11, Guitar) was interviewed on Stay Thirsty. He talks about his experience describing his job to others, how he views his practice time, and even what he listens to on the radio.
Faculty artist Serap Bastepe-Gray (BM ’96, MM ’99, Guitar) had an article published in the Arts BioMechanics Journal about playing-related injury research. The article, “Improving Musicians’ Occupational Health: A Proposal for New Perspectives,” discusses the diagnoses of playing-related injuries and how to improve musician self-reporting.
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.
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.
Masters student Andrew Oswinkle, guitar, recently competed in the annual Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Competition and was awarded third prize. This competition has rapidly become one of the more prestigious venues for both national and international young artists to enter. Berta Rojas, a Latin Grammy Nominee and a former student at Peabody, was the featured performer of this weekend event.