The eighth annual BachFest Gala and Silent Auction will take place on Sunday, March 4 at 6:00 pm. Peabody alumni will be featured in a concert preceding the event, including soprano Stephanie Kruskol Batchelder (BM ’09, MM ’11, Voice), mezzo Claire Galloway Weber (MM ‘15 Voice), and tenor Michael Dodge (MM ’16 Voice). The concert, called “Spring Fever,” will be on March 4 as well, at 4:00 pm. Both events will be at the Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore, Md.
John Scherch (MM ’17, Voice/Pedagogy) is the new host and announcer on Maryland’s Classical Music Station WBJC. He will be hosting the evening show as well as the Listener’s Choice host.
Tia Price (MM ’14, Voice), who works with Wide Angle Youth Media, was interviewed in The Teenage Mental Health Crisis: Finding Meaning in Arts Education for the WYPR show Life in the Balance.
Peabody alumni Maggie Finnegan (MM ’10, Voice) and Christine Lyons (MM ’16, Voice) placed in The American Prize in Voice (women in opera), 2017-18—The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award. Finnegan tied for second place, and Lyons tied for third. Both were in the professional division.
On Sunday, February 18, the Organ Department presented Peabody alumni Marvin Mills (GPD ’02, Organ) and soprano Marlissa Hudson (MM ’01, Voice) in the concert: “The Spiritual Bach: A Connection Across Space and Time,” juxtaposing the organ works of J.S. Bach and Negro spirituals. Highlighting their commonalities, the program paired pieces of similar moods and rhythmic or melodic ideas. Among other titles the recital included Bach’s Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, BWV 564, “Schmücke dich,” “O liebe Seele,” BWV 654, and “In dir ist Freude,” BWV 615, as well as the spirituals “Little David,” “Take My Mother Home,” and “Witness.”