Faculty artist Brian Ganz, piano, was featured in What’s Up Annapolis in an article called “Undercover Stars Among Us” by Janice F. Booth. The article highlights some of the Annapolis area’s most notable residents. Ganz talks about how he found his way through the music world, and his work with local charities is celebrated. Ganz is a noted player of Chopin’s music, which is what makes him stand out.
Robert Hitz (BM ‘82, Piano) married John C. Wilson on August 18, 2018. The ceremony was held in Pikesville, Md. and featured original music by Robert’s students, and an original poem by John’s colleague.
Faculty artist Eileen Cornett, vocal accompanying, represented Peabody Conservatory as a featured performer at the College Music Society’s 2018 National Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, October 10-13, performing Sonata No. 1 for Clarinet and Piano by Alexander Grechaninov with clarinetist Dmitry Perevertailenko, as well as Edward Burlingame Hill’s Sonata, Op. 32 with clarinetist Elizabeth Gunlogson. Theory faculty artist Douglas Buchanan was also involved with the conference and gave a talk, Game Design for the Music Theory Classroom. Peabody alumni Kathryn E. Ananda-Owens (MM ’93, DMA ’98, Piano) and Lois Svard (DMA ’91, Piano) were also involved in the conference.
Peabody musicians performed at Taiwan’s 107th National Day celebration in Twin Oaks, Washington, D.C. This event is the most important national event of the year for Taiwan in U.S. with more than 3,000 guests attending each year. The featured artists included Huai-En Tsai (MM ‘06, DMA ‘12, Trombone), faculty artist Blake Meister (BM ’08, Jazz Double Bass), Todd Simon (BM ’07, Jazz Piano), Shu-Ting Yao (MM ’06, Violin), Byung Kang (BM ’14, GPD ’16, Jazz Percussion), and doctoral candidate Wan-Chi Su, piano.
Doctoral candidates Bonghee Lee, piano, Kenny Baik, saxophone, and Mauricio Rey Gallego, cello, make up the L’abri Trio, which was selected to be a finalist at the Pro Musicis International Award competition. The finals will take place in New York on October 15. The trio has also released their first CD, “Trois Couleurs,” which is now available on Spotify, Youtube, Amazon, and iTunes.