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).
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.