Peabody alumni are involved in a new organization called Lift Music Fund, which mission is to make achievement in music more accessible and equitable. The group awards microgrants every month to Black, Latinx, and Native American student musicians to help offset the incidental costs of pursuing a career in music – things like equipment, lessons, travel, application fees, instrument repairs, etc. Lift Music Fund is currently hosting a Micro-Concerts for Microgrants fundraiser series which will feature online performances by professional musicians across the nation. The fundraising series will feature performances from the following Peabody alumni: Claudia Malchow (BM ’17, Viola), Jessica Korotkin (BM ’16, Cello), Shannon Fitzhenry (BM ’18, Violin), Sophie Fortunato (BM ’17, Violin), Bailey Jo Hutton (BM ’17. Voice, Music Education; MM ’17, Voice, Pedagogy), Harry Oehler (BM ’16, Trombone, Music Education; MM ’18, Trombone), and Ian Striedter (BM ’16. Trombone; MM ’17, Audio Sciences).
Three Peabody musicians are finalists in the World Bach Competition sponsored by the Boulder Bach Festival – Kristen Dubenion-Smith (MM ’05, Voice) in the Professional Vocalist category, Wade Davis (MM ’11, GPD ’13, Baroque Violoncello) in the Professional Instrumentalist Category, and junior Teresa Deskur, a French horn and music education student who plays recorder, in the Student Instrumentalist Category. The competition features 273 musicians from 239 countries.
Preparatory faculty artist Daniel Trahey (BM ’00, Tuba, Music Education) has received a two-year fellowship from the Jubilation Foundation, which funds teaching artists and organizations with an exceptional talent for bringing joy to people through music and movement particularly in communities with the least access. Trahey recently created the Collective Conservatory during the current global pandemic to facilitate access to music and music education no matter the boundaries.
Mind on Fire presented 11 short, art performances in a Virtual Variety Show with music, poetry, prose, improvisation, opera, puppetry, song, and space online on July 11 in collaboration with the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Taylor Hillary Boykins (MM ’14, Voice), Jennifer Hughson (MM ’12, Clarinet), Tyrone Page Jr (BM ’16, MM ’18, Saxophone; BM ’16, Music Education), Stephanie Ray (MM ’12, Flute), and Randi Withani Roberts (’16, Jazz Voice) were featured on this show.
Sean Meyers (BM ’16, Saxophone, Music Education) is a founding member of the award-winning Vanguard Reed Quintet, releasing its debut album Red Leaf Collection. The full-length album features six world-premiere recordings of compositions for reed quintet, a chamber music ensemble comprising five woodwind instruments: oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet, and bassoon.