Elisa Koehler (BM ’87, Trumpet, Music Education; DMA ’96, Conducting) will begin a new position in August 2019 as Music Department Chair and Professor of Music at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. This spring she was elected Secretary of the International Trumpet Guild (ITG), and her article, “Deconstructing Arban: Perspectives on the Art of Phrasing,” appeared in the March 2019 issue of the ITG Journal.
Rachel Zephir (PC ’02, Trumpet; MM ’02, Music Education) directs Eleanor Rossevelt Sr. High School Chamber Winds in Greenbelt, Md. and current master’s student Matthew DeBeal, music education, directs the Mount View Middle School String Orchestra in Marriotsville, Md. These two groups will travel to and play at the MidWest Band and Orchestra Clinic in December 2019. The clinic takes place yearly in Chicago and allows guests access to clinic, exhibits, and performances.
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.
Russ “Rusty” Ebersole (BM ‘82, Music Education) was sworn in as the newest member of the New York Guard by Brigadier General David Warager on July 18 and will be a trumpet player for the New York Guard 89th Band at Camp Smith, NY. Before joining the New York Guard Band, SPC Ebersole was a guest performer last year performing at two Hudson Valley Honor Flight Ceremonies, The Town of Cortland Veterans Day Ceremony and at the 100th Anniversary Ceremony at the NY Guard Memorial in Sleepy Hollow, NY. SPC Ebersole is also a member of The Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic and Marching Band and, a substitute trumpeter for the Westchester Symphonic Winds.
In 2014, Kitty Yang (MM ’90, DMA ’98, Organ) initiated a concert “United Methodist Choirs Sing for UMCOR Concert.” UMCOR stands for United Methodist Committee On Relief and is now rated number one in charity organizations. Choirs from Springfield, Va., and the surrounding area have presented the concerts in February each year since then. Three music directors lead the combined choirs, and all three music directors are Peabody alumni, Linda Apple Monson (BM ’79, Music Education; MM ’81, DMA ’86, Piano); Louise Wilson (DMA ’95, Organ) and Kitty Yang. This year’s fund was for Puerto Rico hurricane victims. The concert took place on Sunday, February 11, at the Springfield United Methodist Church.