The Sphinx Organization’s annual SphinxConnect conference ran January 26-28 in Detroit and featured a number of Peabody faculty, staff, and alumni.
Rosa Ponselle Distinguished Faculty Artist Denyce Graves was interviewed by Damien Sneed for the opening plenary January 26.
On January 27, Camille Delaney-McNeil (MM ’11, Flute), Director of LA Philharmonic’s Beckmen YOLA Center, appeared on the Pedagogy of the Oppressed panel exploring the fundamental shifts in the ways the arts serve our young people to better reflect representation and relevance. Khandeya Sheppard, Peabody’s Manager of Community Partnerships and faculty lecturer, and Mateen Milan (BM ’19, Bassoon), the Tuned-In Administrator at the Preparatory, appeared on the Beyond the Jargon panel that discusses whether or not there is a pipeline problem and how to address it.
On January 28, Peabody’s Artistic Director of Ensembles Joseph Young appeared on the Programming the Future panel that explores curating with imagination and creativity to invite, reflect, and engage diverse audiences, from the concert stage to the airwaves and beyond. Chelsey Green (MM ’09, Viola) appeared on the What’s Real panel that explores how music schools are striving to delve into career-building and empowerment. National Sawdust Cofounder and Artistic Director Paola Prestini (BM ’95, Composition) appeared on the Interdisciplinary Musings panel discussing the ways in which cross-discipline approaches can create meaningful impact for artists, audiences, and society and reflects the future of our field. And Larry Williams (BM ’88, GPD ’90, French Horn) appeared on the Navigating the Matrix panel discussing strategies, philosophies, and tools for college students, faculty, and administrators from underrepresented communities.