Peabody students and alumni were involved in a concert at First and Franklin Presbyterian Church in Baltimore that honored the lives lost to gun violence in Baltimore and uplifted the work of BUILD. The concert was a part of the Spire Series, and took place on Sunday, March 24 at 2:30 pm. Jason Kissel (DMA ’07, Organ), Meredith Piplani (MM ’17, Voice), Nick Dogas (MM ’13, Voice), Robert Cantrell (MM ’90, GPD ’92, Voice), and current Peabody students Lisa McNulty, voice; Rahzé Cheatham, voice; and Jeremy Earnest, composition, were all involved, performing Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, spirituals, and other works tied to the theme. Proceeds from the concert benefited BUILD’s program Turnaround Tuesday.
Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) and librettist Caitlin Vincent (MM ’09, Voice) will premiere a new opera Bessie and Ma, commissioned by the University of Connecticut as part of the 2017/2019 Sackler Prize in Music Composition, on Friday, March 29, and Sunday, March 31, at the University of Connecticut. The opera tells the story of the intersecting lives of Bessie Coleman, the first female aviator of color in the United States, and Miriam “Ma” Ferguson, the first female governor of Texas.
Outcalls Band-Britt Olsen-Ecker (BM ’09, Voice) and Melissa Wimbish (GPD ’11, Voice; GPD ’14, Chamber Ensemble)-has been named a finalist for the 2019 Baker Artist Award in Music. The winners of a $10,000 prize will be announced on special episode of Maryland Public Television’s Artworks program, which will air on May 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm.
Sarah Hayashi (BM ’13, MM ’13, Voice) won second place in the Handel Aria Competition in Madison, Wis. She also performed the role of Blondchen in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Bronx Opera in New York, the role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with the Mediterranean Opera Studio & Festival in Sicily, and the role of The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar (Germany). She was also the featured soloist in an all-Handel concert with the Columbia Pro Cantare in Columbia, MD.