Inspired by the richness of Baroque music and close friendships, Alan Choo (MM ’14, Violin, Early Music; GPD ’16, Violin) and eight other Peabody alumni have formed Singapore’s first Baroque orchestra, Red Dot Baroque. The group released a major virtual collaboration – a fun educational video presenting the life, mishaps, and music of the French Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. June 2020 would have marked the group’s inaugural U.S. tour, which included collaborations with Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra and appearances at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Kennedy Center, and more. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tour has been postponed and will be re-announced shortly.
Peabody Assistant Professor of Musicology David Gutkin and Assistant Professor of Composition Felipe Lara are 2020 awardees of the Johns Hopkins Catalyst Awards. Gutkin’s award will support his work to complete a book exploring the New York avant-garde’s engagements with and influence on opera and operatic form during the 1970s and 1980s. Lara’s award will support the creation of Chambered Spirals, a new 30-minute work for large mixed chamber ensemble and its premiere, at Peabody, by New York’s Talea Ensemble. The work will be the last remaining piece to complete a large-scale cycle titled Ciclo Concertante.
On a steamy afternoon in late June, deep in the basement of Leakin Hall, Peabody associate professor of musicology Susan Weiss is working with a student who recently completed the veteran teacher’s course on the history of musical instruments.
Weiss’ co-teacher, Nathan Scott, has given her the summer to make her own instrument, a practical component to the class that the students experience but that Weiss is unable to undertake during the months she is teaching. On this day, Weiss and Yin Zhu (MM ’19, Vocal Accompanying) are chiseling away at wood that is supporting the shape of the cello they are crafting by hand. More…
Imani Mosley (MM ‘10, Bassoon, Musicology) will be the visiting assistant professor of musicology at Wichita State University.
Patricia Puckett Sasser (MM ’06, Musicology) was promoted from assistant librarian of music to associate Llibrarian of music. Sasser serves as the director of the Maxwell Music Library at Furman University in Greenville, S.C.