Next month, the Peabody Institute will open its doors to the community for the sixth annual Fret Festival, a one-day event featuring workshops, lectures, master classes, ensembles, and a concert by world-class guitarists.
When Henderson-Hopkins School opened its doors in East Baltimore in January 2014, the state-of-the-art facility became the first new public school built in Baltimore City in more than 30 years. Now, with some help from the Peabody Institute, those halls are echoing with music.
A year after she began guitar studies at Peabody in the 1990s, Serap Bastepe-Gray (BM ’96, MM ’99, Guitar) developed tennis elbow. “It was devastating,” she recalls.
Up on stage at the august Johns Hopkins Club, veteran drummer Ralph Peterson leads the members of his Fo’tet through an intensely kinetic tune from the group’s most recent album.
Peabody Preparatory bass trombone student Jahi Alexander describes himself as disciplined, responsible, respectful, and trustworthy—largely, he says, thanks to his involvement in Peabody’s Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Academy.
As a high school student in Northern Virginia, Faye Chiao (MM ’07, Composition) developed an abiding fascination with astrophysics, which eventually translated into a bachelor’s degree in physics from Georgetown University and, more recently, into her 45-minute multimedia dramatic song cycle To See the Stars.
When pianist Mark Markham (BM ’84, MM ’86, DMA ’91, Piano) takes the stage at Carnegie Hall with soprano Jessye Norman on February 14, he’ll be celebrating his 20th year of artistic collaboration with the Grammy Award–winning singer.
Corinne Winters (MM ’07, Voice) has drawn unfettered praise from critics worldwide, had her image recently grace the cover of the Kennedy Center’s magazine, and is booked for international performances for the next couple of years.
J. Ernest Green was happily working as an assistant in orchestral conducting when faculty artist Edward Polochick asked if he’d take on the same role in choral conducting.
Since taking the helm at Peabody in June, Dean Fred Bronstein has outlined a bold vision for the Institute that seeks to make it even more competitive among its peers and give greater focus to interdisciplinary initiatives and innovative approaches to the teaching and practice of music.