The New York Times has highlighted a number of events that feature Peabody faculty and alumni in 10 Months of Classical Concerts You Won’t Want to Miss. Rosa Ponselle Distinguished Faculty Artist Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano, will sing the role of Maria in The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Porgy and Bess. So Percussion, with Eric Beach (BM ’04, GPD ’05, Percussion), will present a program called “A Century of Percussion” in December at Carnegie Hall.. The Times also highlights the “Composer Portraits” taking place at Columbia University which will feature Composition Faculty and Chair Oscar Bettison on February 20, 2020. The ensemble Cantata Profana will perform Composition Professor Michael Hersch’s (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) On the Threshold of Winter in April, and will feature Associate Professor Ah Young Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice).
Kramer Milan (BM ‘14, Percussion) won a position as a full-time instructor of percussion at the University of Northern Iowa.
The Preparatory’s Tuned-In Wind Brass Percussion Congregation, led by faculty artist Dan Trahey (BM ’00, Tuba, Music Education), will travel to Detroit, Mich. for a week of collaborations, performances, and classes. They will experience partnerships with the Detroit Symphony, Detroit African American Culture Museum, Detroit’s Juneteenth Celebration, and many local artists as well as an educational week long workshop with Accent Pontiac where Preparatory students will be leading classes and conducting the students. The group will be in Detroit June 17-21.
Faculty artist Jeff Stern (MM ’14, Percussion) and Matt Keown (‘17, Percussion) are two of the four members of the icarus Quartet, a group of two percussionists and two pianists. The group won the Chamber Music Yellow Springs 34th Annual Competition for Emerging Professional Ensembles on April 28.
Ji Su Jung will join the Peabody Conservatory percussion faculty as visiting faculty beginning in the 2019- 20 academic year. More…