On March 24th, harp faculty Michaela Trnkova and her Peabody Preparatory Harp students traveled to Richmond, Va. where they performed in a master class. Composers such as Bach, Handel, and Spohr were the highlights of the full afternoon of harp music. Congratulations to everyone for representing the Preparatory to the highest level.
Jacqueline Pollauf (BM ’06, Harp; MM ’07, Harp Pedagogy) has recently published Exercises in Harmonics through Oakway Studios, her own publishing company. This is the second of Pollauf’s major pedagogical publications, following Pedal Exercises for Harp in 2016. Exercises in Harmonics works through a series of incremental exercises devoted to harmonics, including playing harmonics in all keys, playing harmonics and natural notes together, and playing multiple harmonics simultaneously. Exercises in Harmonics is available at amazon.com and harpinsideout.com.
Preparatory harp student Catherine Reid was featured as a soloist with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in concerts in Easton, Md., Ocean View, Del., and Ocean Pines, Md., on March 7, 9, and 10, respectively. Guest conductor Andrews Sill, Associate Music Director of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and Music Director of the Milwaukee Ballet, led the orchestra. Reid performed the first movement of the Zabel Concerto in C minor after winning the top prize in the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra 2019 concerto competition in January. Reid is a senior in Michaela Trnkova’s studio at the Peabody Preparatory and plans to pursue a degree in harp performance next year.
Anastasia Pike (MM ’07, Harp), a former student of Jeanne Chalifoux, joined the Smithsonian Chamber Players and actress Katja Herbers in performances of Reinbert de Leeuw’s Im wunderschönen Monat Mai.
Long-time Peabody faculty member Ruth Inglefield passed away on February 24, 2019. Peabody Institute Dean Fred Bronstein offered the following reaction to the news: More…