Leela Breithaupt (BM ’93, MM ’96, Flute) has received an Indiana Arts Commission 2017 Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites grant award for concerts with her trio, Les Ordinaires. The funded project, A Royal Occasion, includes performances at two of Indiana’s historic mansions in May, as well as outreach workshops to local colleges, and will be part of their 2016-17 season celebrating 17th and 18th century music in historic houses. This grant is made possible through the support of the Indiana General Assembly, Indiana Arts Trust, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. Breithaupt’s upcoming concerts include New York Baroque at Carnegie Hall, Bourbon Baroque in NYC, as well as concerts in Cincinnati, Charlotte, Indianapolis, and Ball State University. Ms. Breithaupt will make her first alumni appearance at Peabody with Barthold Kuijken on March 14, 2017.
Nicholas Stovall has been appointed to the woodwinds faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University effective fall 2017 for the 2017-18 academic year. He has served principal oboe of the National Symphony Orchestra since September 2008 and made his solo debut with the orchestra in December 2014. In addition to regular appearances with the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, Mr. Stovall has frequently collaborated with pianist Christoph Eschenbach in chamber music performances. He is a member of the Washington-based Eclipse Chamber Orchestra and has been featured as soloist in concertos of Vaughan Williams, J.S. Bach, and Jean Francaix with that ensemble. He has also performed as guest principal oboe with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Stovall has taught and performed at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Indiana University, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the Round Top Festival-Institute in Texas. He is a former faculty member of the Bard College Conservatory of Music and currently teaches at the Catholic University of America, as well as in the National Symphony’s Youth Fellowship Program and Summer Music Institute. After completing studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy with Daniel Stolper, he earned degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School as a student of John Mack, Elaine Douvas, and Nathan Hughes.
The Peabody Institute is pleased to announce that clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein will be joining the Peabody Conservatory’s clarinet faculty beginning in the 2017-18 academic year. Mr. Fiterstein is considered one of today’s most exceptional artists. He has performed in recital, with distinguished orchestras, and with chamber music ensembles throughout the world. He won first prize at the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition and received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant Award. The Washington Post has described his playing as “dazzling in its spectrum of colors, agility, and range. Every sound he makes is finely measured without inhibiting expressiveness,” and The New York Times described him as “a clarinetist with a warm tone and powerful technique.” More…
Music in Maryland, WBJC (91.5FM) broadcast musical portions of Words and Music of Three Faiths, a collaboration between the Peabody Consort, Bolton Street Synagogue, and the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies on October 8. The concert occurred on March 6, 2016 and features Cantigas de Santa Maria, Sephardic Romances, and Arabic songs and improvisations. The performers include a second-year Peabody student Sarah Lynn, soprano; Alumna Julie Bosworth (MM ’13, Early Music), soprano. Faculty artist Mark Cudek (MM ’82, Lute) served as director and percussion.
Symphony Number One named Melissa Johnson Lander, a clarinet and chamber music GPD candidate studying with Anthony McGill, as its new executive director. Ms. Lander performed in Symphony Number One’s debut concert in May 2015, led the work which culminated in SNO’s performance at Light City, and most recently created Symphony Number One’s chamber music series, Beethoven’s Kitchen. Ms. Lander, formerly the group’s director of education, has been planning Symphony Number One’s 2016-17 Season, which opens September 23 with the music of Strauss.