Faculty artist Serap Bastepe-Gray (BM ’96, MM ’99, Guitar) and her SmartGuitar group at Hopkins led by Dr. Nathan Scott, Associate Teaching Professor, Whiting School of Engineering won first place in the Whiting School of Engineering Design Day on May 7 presented by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers judges. Peabody junior Liam Ashwill, guitar, gave the demo performance during their pitch. This project involved a wide range of people and was truly interdisciplinary. Others involved include Dr. Iulian Iordachita, Associate Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Dr. Garrett Lee, luthier; Peabody faculty member Melissa Hullman (MM ’99, Violin); Dr. Jing Xu, Assistant Research Scientist in the Malone Center of Engineering in Healthcare and a member of the Brain, Learning, Animation and Movement (BLAM) Lab; and engineering students Allen Ren, Daniel Hsu, Can Kocabalkanli and Khanh Nguyen.
Master’s student Camila Agosto, composition, was named a finalist in the LA Philharmonic’s 2019 National Composer Intensive. Her new piece Tybontoan will be premiered by the International Contemporary Ensemble on Saturday, June 1 at 1:15 pm on the main stage of the Walt Disney Recital Hall during the LA Phil’s Noon to Midnight festival. In the fall, she will begin Doctoral studies at Columbia University.
Incoming master’s student Leonard Weiss, conducting, was featured in an article in The Canberra Times. He will study with Marin Alsop next fall.
The Arthur Friedheim Library is a co-publisher of the Public Domain Song Anthology, alongside the University of Michigan and University of Virginia. The anthology consists of songs in the public domain that have been arranged for a modern performer. As more and more songs get released, the anthology will grow.
Composer and faculty artist Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) release Love into Concrete as a musical response to Baltimore Ceasefire’s Sacred Space Rituals. The piece was released on Wednesday, May 1, and the recording was performed by Doctoral candidate Lior Willinger (BM ’14, MM ’16, Piano). The piece has been dedicated to Erricka Bridgeford, co-organizer of Baltimore Ceasefire. Purchase the track here.