Dan Trahey will lead a cultural exchange to Scotland Reply

On June 2, 2013, faculty member Dan Trahey (BM ’00, Tuba, Music Education) is leading a team of lead musicians, advocates, and educators to Stirling, Scotland, for a cultural exchange with the El Sistema program, Big Noise. Trahey has traveled to over 20 countries and 30 states to study the way in which different cultures experience music and educate youth musically.  Other participating members of the Peabody community include student Lauren Rausch, Nick Skinner (BM ’08, Trumpet), Rafaela Dreisin (MM ’10, Trumpet), and faculty member Elijah Wirth (BM ’99, Tuba; MM ’02, Music Education).  The trip is funded by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Benita Slater receives a patent for saxophone invention 1

Benita Slater (PC ’91, Saxophone; BM ’91, Music Education) recently received a patent for her Twist-n-Tune or TNT. (patent #US8,283,540B2), a simple device which is a huge innovation for the saxophone. The TNT is screwed onto the saxophone and played and twisted until the instrument is in tune and the mouthpiece isn’t touched. It took over two years to get the patent and she is now sending it to companies and exploring options of production and distribution. Slater teaches special needs students.

Students and alumni involved with new album, ‘America’ Reply

America – Eric Beach (BM ’04, GPD ’05, Percussion); Zoe Band (BM ’12, Voice); Mia Barcia-Colombo (BM ’11, Cello); Gabriel Caballero (BM ’10, Computer Music); Ali Clendaniel (BM ’12, Voice); Julienne Gede (BM ’12, Voice); Master of Music candidate Rod Hamilton, percussion; senior Christian Hizon, bass trombone; Patrick McMinnand (BM ’12, Computer Music); Bijan Olia (BM ’11, MM ’12, Computer Music); senior Nicole Papadatos, clarinet; Rob Sirois (BM ’12, Bassoon, Music Education); senior Andrew Smith, French Horn; and Maureen Smith (BM ’12, Voice) perform on Dan Deacon’s new album, which has been reviewed in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and National Public Radio and featured on WYPR’s The Signal and Peabody’s Behind the Scenes, among others. Griffin Cohen (BM ’11, Computer Music) was the assistant engineer.