Aaron Lieberman, a preparatory student of Judah Adashi, composition, and Daniel Levitov, cello, was one of three winners (and the only high school student) of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s Student Composer Project. The winners were invited to the Society’s Sunday, May 6 concert, and then they were part of a discussion of choral composition with Dr. Scott McAllister, Anthony Blake Clark, and Leo Wanenchak, who would later lead the chamber chorus in a reading of the winning pieces. The winners then received feedback on their work.
The Preparatory participated in an outreach event, led by Rebecca Henry, pedagogy faculty and director of the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program, and Claire Allen, (MM ’13, Violin), who is a faculty artist at the Mason Community Arts Academy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where Allen is developing a violin program. They organized a concert that included members of the Young People’s String Program and the Mason students playing together, a panel discussion on the value of group classes in string training, and performances by the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program. YPSP Assistant Director Lenelle Morse and Claire Allen led the younger groups, and PCVP students also contributed moving testimony about the value of their Peabody group and ensemble experiences. The night prior to the concert, PCVP took a field trip to the Kennedy Center to see the opera Candide, in which Conservatory faculty artist Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano, was singing.
Preparatory piano students have been busy competing and winning competitions this spring. Alan Mao won second place in the Junior Division of the Maryland State Music Teachers Association’s Elizabeth R. Davis Piano Competition. Mao also won first place with his trio with Connor Chaikowsky, violin, and Caleb Park, cello, in the Misbin Chamber Music Competition, which was sponsored by Levine School of Music and Washington Performing Arts Society. In the MSMTA Spring Piano Solo Festival, held at the University of Maryland at College Park, Hope Han won first place, Joshua Fan and Matthew Tao won second, and John Paul Wnek and Michael Wnek each won Honorable Mentions.
Preparatory alumna Amy Nathan has published a new book, “Making Time for Making Music.” In it, Nathan interviews and features Peabody alumni, students, and faculty. The book is meant to help show adults with busy lives how they can incorporate music.
Preparatory alumna Gloria Makino’s musical, Unturning, is casting for a June 9 staged reading in Baltimore. This is a musical by and about a mixed-race woman, reclaimed from Thomas Hardy’s novel “The Return of the Native.” This is a reading through the Dramatists Guild’s Baltimore Footlights series.