Faculty artist Amit Peled, cello, was featured in the August issue of Strings Magazine in a story about the Prague Summer Nights Festival. Peled joined the festival in Salzburg, Austria, to perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto.
Kat Gates (’82, Cello) has been hired as senior creative director at WHOSAY, an influencer marketing company. Gates will join the creative team to elevate ideas and content with a performance-first mindset. Gates joins WHOSAY from Facebook, where she held the role of creative director. She has an extensive background in advertising, previously working at Publicis, Saatchi & Saatchi and Leo Burnett, along with Facebook.
The pre-college studio of Elizabeth Faidley (MM ’04, Violin) at the Manhattan School of Music was followed for a year by Heejin Weisbrod (MM ’03, GPD ’05, Violin), who wrote an article published on violinist.com. Faidley hosted master classes with several renown soloists for her young students, as well as collaborated with the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. She has been teaching at pre-college division of MSM for 11 years.
Amos Fayette has been named the new director of The Music School of Delaware’s Milford Branch. Fayette has taught at Miami’s New World School of the Arts and at the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College. He has been a visiting teaching artist with the Academy of the Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra of Medellin, Colombia; with the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra; and with the New Jersey Symphony’s CHAMPS/El Sistema program.
Dian Zhang (BM ’12, MM ’14, Violin), who studied with Victor Danchenko, won a first violin position at the San Francisco Opera.