Peabody Johns Hopkins University Magazine

Instrument Donations Offer a Boost to Young Musicians

Jayden Moore, 15, took up the viola through chance. He’d picked the violin on the form passed out at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids program, but there were no violins available among the many brass and wind and string selections. “I didn’t want to wait another day,” he recalls. “I wanted to play now. And I’ve been with the viola ever since.”

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Instrument Donations Offer a Boost to Young Musicians

Jayden Moore, 15, took up the viola through chance. He’d picked the violin on the form passed out at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids program, but there were no violins available among the many brass and wind and string selections. “I didn’t want to wait another day,” he recalls. “I wanted to play now. And I’ve been with the viola ever since.”

Expanding the Canon

Paula Maust (MM ’16, DMA ’19, Harpsichord) began collecting works by women composers to use in her music theory classes when she first started teaching a theory course in fall 2016. Women composers were sidelined in her own music education, and she wanted to include a broader composer variety in her classroom. 

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Expanding the Canon

Paula Maust(MM ’16, DMA ’19, Harpsichord) began collecting works by women composers to use in her music theory classes when she first started teaching a theory course in fall 2016. Women composers were sidelined in her own music education, and she wanted to include a broader composer variety in her classroom. 

Bringing an Invaluable Perspective to the Board

In June 2021, the Peabody Institute Advisory Board (PIAB) welcomed its newest member, Eugene Choung. Having held positions at Booz Allen Hamilton, Morgan Stanley, and the University of Chicago Endowment, Choung’s background in finance has already proven to be an asset.

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Bringing an Invaluable Perspective to the Board

In June 2021, the Peabody Institute Advisory Board (PIAB) welcomed its newest member, Eugene Choung. Having held positions at Booz Allen Hamilton, Morgan Stanley, and the University of Chicago Endowment, Choung’s background in finance has already proven to be an asset.

Big Instrument, Big Dreams

Richard Antoine White (BM ’96, Tuba) is slowly turning a dream into a reality. 

Since the fall 2020 publication of his memoir, I’m Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream (Flatiron Books), the University of New Mexico tuba professor and principal tubist for the New Mexico Philharmonic and Santa Fe Symphony has inspired people nationwide with his gripping life story.

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Big Instrument, Big Dreams

Richard Antoine White (BM ’96, Tuba) is slowly turning a dream into a reality.

Since the fall 2020 publication of his memoir, I’m Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream (Flatiron Books), the University of New Mexico tuba professor and principal tubist for the New Mexico Philharmonic and Santa Fe Symphony has inspired people nationwide with his gripping life story.

Wilson Appointed to Top Administrative Post

In February, Samuel Wilson III joined the Peabody Institute as the associate dean for finance and administration. As Peabody’s divisional business officer, he is responsible for strategically leading, planning, and organizing the Institute’s administrative functions and oversees staff in human resources, facilities, information technology, and the business office.

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Wilson Appointed to Top Administrative Post

In February, Samuel Wilson III joined the Peabody Institute as the associate dean for finance and administration. As Peabody’s divisional business officer, he is responsible for strategically leading, planning, and organizing the Institute’s administrative functions and oversees staff in human resources, facilities, information technology, and the business office.

Building Bridges Across Cultures

The Navajo Nation radio station in Tuba City, Arizona, can take credit for most of undergraduate composition major Michael Begay’s musical roots. Growing up on the reservation, he soaked in the station’s rock, blues, oldies, and country music. Sundays meant gathering with his parents and older brothers to listen to a Native American music program.

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Building Bridges Across Cultures

The Navajo Nation radio station in Tuba City, Arizona, can take credit for most of undergraduate composition major Michael Begay’s musical roots. Growing up on the reservation, he soaked in the station’s rock, blues, oldies, and country music. Sundays meant gathering with his parents and older brothers to listen to a Native American music program.

A Musician on a Tripartite Mission

Computer Music faculty artist Margaret Schedel (MM ’01, Computer Music Composition) works with Parkinson’s Disease researchers to use music as a rehabilitative intervention. For nearly a decade she has collaborated with biomedical and neurological researchers, engineers, and physical therapists to use sonification to maintain gait.

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A Musician on a Tripartite Mission

Computer Music faculty artist Margaret Schedel (MM ’01, Computer Music Composition) works with Parkinson’s Disease researchers to use music as a rehabilitative intervention. For nearly a decade she has collaborated with biomedical and neurological researchers, engineers, and physical therapists to use sonification to maintain gait.

Lifting Up Musical Excellence

After his mother died three years ago, Bob Travers found a history book among her belongings that mentioned Alfons William Schenuit, Travers’ great-grandfather who studied at Peabody in the late 1800s. Moved by Schenuit’s impressive accomplishments in music, Travers was inspired to support Peabody students through Launch Grants in the name of his great-grandfather, a celebrated organist.

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Lifting Up Musical Excellence

After his mother died three years ago, Bob Travers found a history book among her belongings that mentioned Alfons William Schenuit, Travers’ great-grandfather who studied at Peabody in the late 1800s. Moved by Schenuit’s impressive accomplishments in music, Travers was inspired to support Peabody students through Launch Grants in the name of his great-grandfather, a celebrated organist.