Preparatory student Connor Chaikowsky, violin, has been selected to participate in the 2017 New York String Orchestra Seminar, conducted by Jaime Laredo. The orchestra will perform two concerts in Carnegie Hall on Sunday, December 24 at 7:00 pm and on Thursday, December 28, at 8:00 pm, and participants receive a full scholarship as well as chamber music coaching from members of the world’s top ensembles. Connor is a student of Andréa Picard Boecker and a member of the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program and the Peabody Youth Orchestra.
Kimberly Kong (BM ’09, Piano) was featured in the Johns Hopkins Magazine for Fall 2017. The feature talks about her many jobs, including being a member of the Peabody Preparatory faculty, a full time master’s and doctoral student, and keeping a style blog up to date. She is also a part of a duo, the Ward-Kong Duo, with Alicia Ward (BM ’08, Cello).
Peabody Conservatory and Preparatory students will come together on Saturday, December 2 to premiere a string quartet as a part of the Dean’s Incentive Grant program. The piece, as prescribed by the guidelines of the grant, is a four movement string quartet for intermediate players. Written by master’s candidate Ledah Finck (BM ’16, Violin), and performed by a Preparatory quartet coached by Andréa Picard Boecker (MM ’08, Violin), the piece was commissioned by faculty artist and current master’s candidate Molly Wilkens-Reed. The piece is also pedagogically-appropriate, which fills a need in the repertoire for intermediate students.
Preparatory faculty artist Irina Kaplan Lande is the artistic director for the Candlelight Concert Series. As part of their 2017-18 season, Simone Dinnerstein and the Telegraph Quartet will present works by Webern, Schubert, Dvořák and Brahms. The concert will take place on Sunday, November 12, at 3:00 pm at Linehan Concert Hall, UMBC.
Preparatory students joined the Lark Quartet on WBJC on the Music in Maryland program as a part of the Candlelight Concert series. Students from the Peabody Preparatory Pre-College Violin Program played on the program, which aired on Saturday, October 21. They performed on Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 Movements I & IV.