Susan Weiss and Yin Zhu
On a steamy afternoon in late June, deep in the basement of Leakin Hall, Peabody associate professor of musicology Susan Weiss is working with a student who recently completed the veteran teacher’s course on the history of musical instruments.
Weiss’ co-teacher, Nathan Scott, has given her the summer to make her own instrument, a practical component to the class that the students experience but that Weiss is unable to undertake during the months she is teaching. On this day, Weiss and Yin Zhu (MM ’19, Vocal Accompanying) are chiseling away at wood that is supporting the shape of the cello they are crafting by hand. More…
Netanel Draiblate (MM ’07, GPD ’09, Violin) is the founder and director of the Annapolis Symphony Academy, which will launch Fall 2018. The academy is run by the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and half of its students will be African-American or Hispanic-Latino. The goal of the academy is not only to provide affordable classical music training, but to work to help diversify the classical music world, starting from a young age. The program will strive to prepare young students to get into undergraduate programs and thus into the professional world. Draiblate is the symphony orchestra’s concertmaster.
Universally recognized among today’s top performing violinists, Vadim Gluzman has been appointed to the violin faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. As Distinguished Artist in Residence beginning in 2018-19, Gluzman will teach a private studio of Conservatory violin majors, coach ensembles, and present public master classes. More…
danah bella, chair of the Conservatory dance program, will be performing new music, improv, and dance featuring master’s candidate Ledah Finck (BM ’16, Violin), master’s composition student Jamie Leidwinger, and master’s computer music and composition student Sam Torres on January 19 at Baltimore’s Blank Space.
In September, Nikita Borisevich (GPD ’13, Violin; GPD ’15, Chamber Ensemble; MM ’17, Violin) will perform at the Sitka Summer Music Festival’s Alaska Airlines Autumn Classics in Anchorage, Alaska. He will play works by Bach and Arensky with violist Martin Sher (BM ’96, Violin) and cellists Zuill Bailey (BM ’94, Cello) and Jia Kim on Saturday, September 9, at 7:30 pm, as well as Milstein/Paganini’s Paganiniana on Sunday, September 10, at 4:00 pm. This summer Borisevich gave his Alaska debut at the 2017 Sitka Summer Music Festival, where Bailey serves as artistic director. Borisevich and Bailey were also a guest artists at the Northwest Bach Festival in Spokane, Wa., on August 27.