Preparatory alum Iman Williams, a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University, won the 25th annual Sigma Alpha Iota scholarship competition for VCU women in the Music Department in 2019. She was also just awarded the Frances Blaisdell scholarship through the National Flute Association 2019. She will be sharing her experience at the conference with the Flutist Quarterly magazine afterwards. In 2018, she was the winner of the VCU Symphony Concerto Competition and performed in December 2018. She also attended Imani Winds’ Chamber Music Festival at Manhattan School of Music.
Nijaya Brown, an eighth grader at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (located in our neighborhood in Mount Vernon), recently got accepted to the prestigious Interlochen Arts School as a flute major. She’s been in the Tuned-in program for two years.
On March 24th, harp faculty Michaela Trnkova and her Peabody Preparatory Harp students traveled to Richmond, Va. where they performed in a master class. Composers such as Bach, Handel, and Spohr were the highlights of the full afternoon of harp music. Congratulations to everyone for representing the Preparatory to the highest level.
Preparatory harp student Catherine Reid was featured as a soloist with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in concerts in Easton, Md., Ocean View, Del., and Ocean Pines, Md., on March 7, 9, and 10, respectively. Guest conductor Andrews Sill, Associate Music Director of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and Music Director of the Milwaukee Ballet, led the orchestra. Reid performed the first movement of the Zabel Concerto in C minor after winning the top prize in the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra 2019 concerto competition in January. Reid is a senior in Michaela Trnkova’s studio at the Peabody Preparatory and plans to pursue a degree in harp performance next year.
Peabody Preparatory’s Pre-Conservatory Violin Program (PCVP) is traveling to Nashville, Tenn. in April to perform concerts and participate in classes. There, they will collaborate with three area schools. They start on Friday, April 5 at Western Kentucky University, where Director Rebecca Henry will give a master class and PCVP will perform a concert. Then, traveling to Belmont and Vanderbilt Universities, the PCVP students will take part in master classes and programs with University faculty. Finally, on Sunday, April 7, at 8:00 pm, Preparatory and Blair School of Music students come together to offer a concert in the Turner Auditorium at Vanderbilt University. The concert is free and open to the public.