Alexandra Takasugi (GPD ’17, Viola) has recently won a position in the Virginia Symphony viola section. The Virginia Symphony is at the center of the Hampton Roads arts community and serves as a cultural cornerstone for the region. Each year, the orchestra presents a series of classics, pops and family concerts in Norfolk, Newport News, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. In addition, Virginia Symphony’s educational and outreach programs touch the lives throughout the community through lectures, presentations, in-school-residences, master classes, open rehearsals, student performances, collaborations with other organizations, and an array of community engagement programs.
Yellow Barn Music Festival will host many Peabody alumni and faculty artists on their 2017 faculty, including: Kim Kashkashian (BM ’73, Viola), Michael Kannen, Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10, Composition), Seth Knopp, Maria Lambros, Violaine Melançon, William Sharp, and former Conservatory faculty member Christopher Theofanidis. Yellow Barn Music Festival is an international center for chamber music that encourages discovery in the studio, classroom, and concert hall; explores the craft of musical interpretation; and illuminates our world through the unique experience of music. Twice awarded the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming, Yellow Barn’s innovative approach to lifelong education for musicians and audiences, commitment to quality and a unified aesthetic, and programs that focus listeners in new ways, set it apart from any other chamber music center in the country.
DMA Candidate in violin, Yonatan Grinberg, DMA candidate in viola, Sarah Lowenstein (BM ’08, MM ’10, Viola), Jacques-Pierre Malan (GPD ’12, MM ’16, Cello; GPD ’13, Chamber Music), and Kevin Smith will be featured in Gordon Mill’s Chamber Encounters Concert Series, directed by Yonatan Grinberg, in a program titled Dawn of the Quartet on December 6 in Owings Mills, Md.
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The Chamber Music Society of Maryland, with DMA conducting student Michael Repper as managing director, will present several Peabody alumni as part of its 2016-17 concert season. Alon Goldstein (GPD ’95, MM ’96, Piano) will perform on October 9; Peabody student Junhong Kuong, guitar, winner of the Yale Gordon Competition, on March 26; Reinecke Youth Fellows (Preparatory students Grace Carney and Luka Stefanovic) in Concert on April 30; and Greg Luce (BM ’07, Viola) with the Aeolus String Quartet on May 28. The concerts take place at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church.
Peter Kwon (BM ’11, MM ’13, Violin) has joined the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, Calif., as conductor of the string orchestra and faculty of chamber music coaching in the Instrumental Music Conservatory. Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) established in 1987, and this premier public charter school currently serves over 2,100 students in grades 7-12 from more than 115 cities throughout Southern California. Mr. Kwon studied with Herbert Greenberg for violin and CJ Chang for viola.