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Faculty artist Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) was featured in The Boston Globe. Hersch’s music will make its Boston premiere on Monday, May 14 at 5:30 pm at the Boston Athenaeum. The article discusses Hersch’s “late blooming” into classical music, and the extreme lengths of his pieces.
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The Preparatory participated in an outreach event, led by Rebecca Henry, pedagogy faculty and director of the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program, and Claire Allen, (MM ’13, Violin), who is a faculty artist at the Mason Community Arts Academy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where Allen is developing a violin program. They organized a concert that included members of the Young People’s String Program and the Mason students playing together, a panel discussion on the value of group classes in string training, and performances by the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program. YPSP Assistant Director Lenelle Morse and More…
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Preparatory piano students have been busy competing and winning competitions this spring. Alan Mao won second place in the Junior Division of the Maryland State Music Teachers Association’s Elizabeth R. Davis Piano Competition. Mao also won first place with his trio with Connor Chaikowsky, violin, and Caleb Park, cello, in the Misbin Chamber Music Competition, which was sponsored by Levine School of Music and Washington Performing Arts Society. In the MSMTA Spring Piano Solo Festival, held at the University of Maryland at College Park, Hope Han won first place, Joshua Fan and Matthew Tao won More…
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The world premiere of Banding Together, a new opera by Faye Chiao (MM ’07, DMA ’16, Composition) and Anton Dudley based on the fairy tale “The Musicians of Bremen,” will be made by the Boston Chamber Symphony, led by Music Director Avlana Eisenberg (GPD ’08, Conducting). Chiao and Dudley are artists-in-residence with the symphony. The family-friendly concert will also feature Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Karen LeFrak’s Ivan’s Song. This concert, on Sunday, May 13, at 4:00 pm, will take place at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Boston.
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Preparatory alumna Amy Nathan has published a new book, “Making Time for Making Music.” In it, Nathan interviews and features Peabody alumni, students, and faculty. The book is meant to help show adults with busy lives how they can incorporate music.
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Doctoral candidate Tomasz Robak, piano, has received a Fulbright grant to go to Poland. He will go there in September for a year to study music of Polish composers from Katowice, including Henryk Górecki and Wojciech Kilar. He will study at the Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and take piano with Andrzej Jasinski (teacher of Krystian Zimerman) and Anna Górecka (daughter of Henryk Górecki), as well as do research on primary sources and put together programs of Polish solo and chamber music.
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Alumnus Gary Sampsell (MM ’16, Musicology) has accepted a position in the musicology PhD program at Temple University. Sampsell, who was awarded the University Fellowship, will work with noted Telemann scholar Steven Zohn.
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Preparatory alumna Gloria Makino’s musical, Unturning, is casting for a June 9 staged reading in Baltimore. This is a musical by and about a mixed-race woman, reclaimed from Thomas Hardy’s novel “The Return of the Native.” This is a reading through the Dramatists Guild’s Baltimore Footlights series.
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Peabody graduate students Sohyun Moon, piano, and Ching-Yi Lin, piano, competed and placed in Community Concerts at Second’s Wonderlic Competition which took place on Sunday, April 22. Moon won first place, and Lin won second.
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Soprano Christine Lyons (MM ’16, Voice) won second place in Rochester Oratorio Society’s 12th annual Classical Idol vocal competition. The final round of the competition took place on Saturday, April 28.
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