Celeste Marie Johnson (MM ’14, Vocal Accompanying) has been selected among hundreds of applicants as the sole pianist and coach for Opera Saratoga’s 2019 Young Artist Program, one of the oldest and most in-demand young artist programs in the country. She will be playing for all three main stage operas, rehearsals, and coachings, as well as participating in public concerts and community outreach events, and receiving extensive training and development opportunities during her residency.
Peyson Moss (MM ’16, Ensemble Arts: Vocal Accompanying) has been invited to participate in Renee Fleming’s inaugural SongStudio program at Carnegie Hall in January 2019. SongStudio brings leading musicians and other performing artists together to mentor emerging singers and collaborative pianists, exploring innovative approaches to both classic and current song repertoire, and inviting new audiences to engage with the art form. Moss will be performing with soprano Coraine Tate.
Faculty artist Eileen Cornett, vocal accompanying, represented Peabody Conservatory as a featured performer at the College Music Society’s 2018 National Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, October 10-13, performing Sonata No. 1 for Clarinet and Piano by Alexander Grechaninov with clarinetist Dmitry Perevertailenko, as well as Edward Burlingame Hill’s Sonata, Op. 32 with clarinetist Elizabeth Gunlogson. Theory faculty artist Douglas Buchanan was also involved with the conference and gave a talk, Game Design for the Music Theory Classroom. Peabody alumni Kathryn E. Ananda-Owens (MM ’93, DMA ’98, Piano) and Lois Svard (DMA ’91, Piano) were also involved in the conference.
Pianist Eileen Cornett, director of the graduate vocal accompanying program in collaborative piano at Peabody, will be playing fo Annapolis Opera’s concert, Arias and Encores. The event will be on Sunday, December 3, at 3:00 pm, at Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis, Md. Ronald Gretz (BM ’66, Voice; MM ’68, Choral Conducting) is the artistic director of Annapolis Opera, and Elisabeth Slaten (MM ’12, Voice/Pedagogy) will also be featured on this concert. This concert is also the first concert of their 2017-18 season.
Annie Flood (MM ’17, Vocal Accompanying) is employed as a staff pianist for the Vocal Departments of Gonzaga University and Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. Her duties include coaching students for recital preparation, accompanying lessons and rehearsals, performing with students and faculty in recital, and accompanying choir rehearsals and concerts. Flood can be heard on Peabody’s new signature video, “World Class Means You Can Move the World,” performing an original composition by Daniel Gil-Marca (DMA ’17, Composition) with senior Shannon Fitzhenry, violin, and master’s candidate Najette Abouelhadi (BM ’17, Cello).