Faculty artist Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) and Benjamin Buchanan (MM ’14, Composition; MM ’15, Music Theory Pedagogy), co-founders of Voices Rise: A Baltimore Choir of Hope, were included along with the choir in the WYPR podcast Out of the Blocks, produced by Aaron Henkin and Peabody faculty member Wendel Patrick. Voices Rise is a street choir, welcoming all individuals, particularly those experiencing homeless and poverty, to make music together. The choir is a partnership between St David’s Episcopal Church, Paul’s Place, Inc., and Peabody, and is funded by a Dean’s Incentive Grant.
Music theory faculty member Jenine Brown and Nathan Cornelius, doctoral candidate in guitar and master’s candidate in theory pedagogy, presented their research at the national biennial meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition. The study investigates which chords are best remembered in a piece of music composed by Bartók. The conference will take place July 30 to August 3 at the University of California, San Diego.
The results of a 2015 Discovery Award grant, “Identifying Psychedelic and Non-Psychedelic Music Elements for Psilocybin Research,” by Peabody faculty members Oscar Bettison, Composition; Jenine Brown, Music Theory; Hollis Robbins, Humanities; and David Smooke, Music Theory; with faculty members from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science Frederick S. Barrett and Roland R. Griffiths have been released on the Frontiers of Pyschology website. Frontiers of Pyschology is a community-rooted, open-access academic publisher.
Composer Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition; MM ’12, Music Theory Pedagogy) is one of four artists chosen for a McKnight Fellowship for Composers by the McKnight Foundation. The award, which includes $25,000 in unrestricted funds for each recipient, acknowledges excellence in the field of music composition. The four fellows were chosen from a pool of 55 applicants.
Faculty artist Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) and Benjamin Buchanan (MM ’14, Composition; MM ’15, Music Theory Pedagogy) were featured on the website BmoreArt for work with Voices Rise: A Baltimore Choir of Hope and musical outreach through the St David’s Music Series. A recipient of a Dean’s Incentive Grant, Douglas Buchanan directs a variety of musical outreach initiatives, including a music series which recently featured the world premiere of Michael Hersch’s only choral work.