Melissa Wertheimer (MM ’10, Piccolo) has been newly appointed as the archivist of the Music Library Association, the U.S. branch of the International Association of Music Libraries. The MLA Archives are housed at Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Wertheimer’s five-year service appointment will include scholarly writing, collection advocacy, and digitization projects. The collection under her stewardship contains invaluable documents related to 20th-century music, including documents of Henry Cowell, Ingolf Dahl, Lou Harrison, Milton Babbitt, Howard Hanson, Donald Grout, Oliver Strunk, Alfred Einstein, Claude Palisca, Frederick Fennell, Hans Kindler, Virgil Thompson, Irving Lowens, and many more notable figures.
Flute and piccolo faculty member Laurie Sokoloff, solo piccoloist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, was featured in an in-depth interview in the March issue of Flute Talk, in which she discusses her time with the Baltimore Symphony, her musical life, the piccolo, her former teachers, and her early life and family. The full interview is available to subscribers here.
The Peabody Institute is pleased to announce our seventh annual Marina Piccinini International Flute Master Classes to be held from Wednesday, June 25, 2014 through Monday, June 30, 2014 at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland. The week kicks off with an Opening Gala Recital and reception featuring Marina Piccinini and continues on for an intensive week of instruction in a variety of formats and disciplines, including daily master classes with Peabody faculty member Marina Piccinini, Control Your Breath (CYB) and Relaxation classes with Oluwafemi Oladeji, lectures and Q&A sessions with faculty and special guests, concerts, instrument exhibits by some of the world’s leading flutemakers, and culminating in a closing recital and farewell reception featuring selected participants.
In addition, we are proud to announce a new Piccolo Division, “Mastering a Winning Piccolo Audition,” led by Peabody faculty member Laurie Sokoloff, principal piccolo of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 1969. These daily piccolo master classes are aimed at finding a winning approach to playing piccolo excerpts, whether already as seasoned piccoloists or as flutists wishing to sound like a piccoloist at auditions.
Daily and weekly auditors are welcome, with week auditors also having the additional opportunity to participate in a one time auditor master class.
Performing and auditing participants may apply using the online form at peabody.jhu.edu/piccininimc. The complete schedule and a detailed listing of the program features, faculty biographies and fees can also be found at this address.
The deadline to apply is May 1, 2014. If you have any questions, please email us at MPISMC@gmail.com or call Allison Dreskin, conference services manager, at 410-234-4770.