Current graduate student Najette Abouelhadi (BM ’17, Cello) accepted new positions with the Chicago Civic Orchestra and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Allison Drenkow (BM ’14, Cello) was just offered a one-year position in the cello section of the Colorado Symphony. Both studied with Alan Stepansky.
The Baltimore Sun’s “10 classical music performances not to miss in Baltimore this fall” highlights two Peabody performances – the MASS on October 26 and Opera Outreach’s As One in November. Faculty artist Kevin Puts’ oboe concerto will be performed with the BSO in November, and lutenist Ronn McFarlane at will perform at Towson in December. Peabody alumni and other faculty artists are also featured in the article, including Benjamin Pasternack, Netanel Drailblate (MM ’07, GPD ’09, Violin), James Harp (BM ’81, MM ’82, Voice), and Ronald Gretz (BM ’66, Voice; MM ’68, Choral Conducting) are among the faculty and alumni also included on the list.
Master’s candidate Misael Tambuwun, composition, was chosen to be a residency composer for the Jakarta City Philharmonic. There, he received a world premiere of his orchestral piece, Insidious, professional recordings, lectures, and advertising. The premiere was on August 18, 2018. Also on the 18, he gave a guest lecture on chord arrangement and progression. Before his residency, he was active in Indonesia, giving a seminar on psychological musical teaching and premiering his Passacaglia Etude for piano solo. He was also actively getting performed across the world, including performances in Sweden, Belgium, France, Poland, New York City, West Java, and Indonesia. These performances included his Farewell Sonata for piano solo.
Incoming Peabody student Paul Byssainthe, was named a semi-finalist in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance through the American Guild of Organists.