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).
Nadezda (Nadja) Mijatovic-Sekicki (MM ’13, Vocal Accompanying) has joined the Morgan State University faculty. She is employed as a vocal coach for the Voice Department and will also teach an Opera Workshop class. Mijatovic-Sekicki has also been engaged as pianist for productions of The Magic Flute and Oberon with The In Series: Opera and More, Washington D.C.’s home for innovative pocket opera, cabaret, and Latino programming.
Mijin Choi (MM ’11, Vocal Accompanying) was a faculty vocal coach for the Young Artist’s Program at Boston’s Tanglewood Institute this past summer. She is a faculty vocal coach at Binghamtom University in N.Y.
Rayna Slavova (MM ’13, Vocal Accompanying) has won the Irving Shain Competition for Woodwind-Piano Duos at the University of Wisconsin, where she is a second-year, full scholarship doctoral student in collaborative piano. Ms. Slavova performed selections by Schumann, Gabriel Pierne, Eugene Bourdeau, and Charles Koechlin at the culminating Winner’s Recital at University of Wisconsin’s Morphy Recital Hall on March 11.