Peabody Alumna Juliet McComas Passes Away Reply

juliet mccomasThe Peabody community is saddened by the loss of Juliet McComas (BM ’71, MM ’74, Piano). Inspired by her studies at Peabody with Dr. Konrad Wolff, McComas created the Annual Keyboard Marathon, featuring the piano faculty of the San Francisco Community Music Center, in 2004. One of the most popular musical events in the community, the annual marathon continues to this day. Renamed in McComas’s honor and dedicated to her, the Juliet McComas Keyboard Marathon will be a virtual event next April, on the theme of “Bold Spirits: Celebrating Women Composers.”

George Peabody Medalist Jessye Norman Passes Away Reply

Jessye NormanThe Peabody Institute mourns the passing of soprano Jessye Norman, winner of the 2015 George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America.

“Our world has suffered a great loss with the death of Jessye Norman, among the most accomplished artists of our time. Her powerful voice won her acclaim on performing stages the world over, and added strength and beauty to her work in advocacy and service. The Peabody Institute was proud to honor Ms. Norman’s singular legacy in 2015 by awarding her the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America, and today, we mourn her passing,” noted Fred Bronstein, dean of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Composer and Pianist George Walker Dies Reply

George WalkerGeorge Walker, who served on the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory in the mid-1970s, died last week at the age of 96. In his New York Times obituary, Walker was described as “a composer who broke barriers during a long and distinguished career.” In 1996, he was the first black composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for music, for Lilacs for voice and orchestra. His passing was also noted by NPR.