Brian Tracey (MM ’16, Clarinet) has been chosen as the new executive director of Symphony Number One. Mr. Tracey serves as the academic services administrator for the Peabody Preparatory and is an avid performer and promoter of new music. He is a founding member of the Maryland Wind Festival in Frederick, Md. Now in its third year, MWF commissions young composers to write a significant work that will be the centerpiece of the festival week of performances and educational activities.
Natalie Bartholet, a student of Rachel Choe’s Peabody Preparatory flute studio and member of the Peabody Wind Orchestra, was selected as one of Carson Scholar Fund’s 2017 Carson Scholars. Ms. Bartholet is one of 483 students from across the country to receive this honor and accompanying $1,000 college scholarship and recognition package. She was nominated for the title by her school based on her high academic achievement and commitment to her community. Additionally, she contributes to her musical community by volunteering as an assistant to Rachel Choe’s flute class at the Orchkids of the Baltimore Symphony.
Dorotea Racz (BM ’10, MM ’11, Cello), Dmitry Samogray (BM ’11, Piano), Gleb Kanasevich (BM ’11, Clarinet), and flautist Ginevra Petrucci, have released a CD featuring the chamber music of American composer Robert Muczynski under the Brilliant Classics label. The CD is available for streaming on Amazon, Spotify, and Naxos Music Library and will be released on May 19 to ship worldwide. Find more information and stream or purchase the CD here.
Faculty artist Katherine Needleman and former preparatory faculty Hanchien Lee will present a benefit concert for Baltimore School of the Arts on Sunday, May 21 at 3:30 pm at An Die Musik in Baltimore. The concert program will include Schumann’s Three Romances, Silvestrini’s Six Etudes, Hindemith’s Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Schumann’s Faschingsschwank aus Wien, and Chia-Yu Hsu’s Contrast for Oboe and Piano. Ms. Needleman is a graduate of the School for the Arts and is donating all the proceeds from this recital and CD sales from her recent debut CD Duos for Oboe and Piano to the Baltimore School for the Arts Foundation.
Ensemble Leonarda– an early music ensemble founded at Peabody featuring Nancy Kito (BM ’91, Organ), Susan Graham (BM ’90, Flute), Claire Smith Bermingham, and Sarah Stone- was featured by the New York Philharmonic’s New World Initiative Project in a performance with vocalist Kelly Dwyer at the National Opera Center on February 16, with the Deputy Consul General of the Czech Republic in New York, Karel Smékal, in attendance. In 1893, Antonín Dvořák was commissioned by the NY Philharmonic to write the “New World” Symphony; and during the 2016-17 season, the New York Philharmonic invited ensembles to participate by performing all or part of the New World Symphony through their New World Initiative Project. The resulting videotaped performances would be part of the NY Philharmonic Digital Archives.