Minnesota Youth Symphonies Appoints Mark Mandarano Artistic Director

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The Minnesota Youth Symphonies has appointed Mark Mandarano (MM ’91, Conducting), as its artistic director. MYS is one of the nation’s premier youth orchestra education programs, dedicated to conservatory-level orchestral training for students. With three full orchestras, one string orchestra, and other ensembles and enrichment offerings, MYS offers a comprehensive musical experience for students from […]

Gemma New and Jonathan Rush Recognized with Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Awards

Gemma New (MM ’11, Conducting) and Jonathan Rush (MM ’19, Conducting) have been selected as Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Award recipients. New has received the Distinguished Alumna Award for professional achievement and humanitarian service. Rush has received the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award, highlighting graduates of the past decade who exemplify excellence and ingenuity.

Conducting Students Spend Spring Break at Carnegie Hall

Six conducting students and Marin Alsop pose for a group photo in front of a bookcase

Five students of Peabody professor and Director of Graduate Conducting Marin Alsop spent their spring break in New York City, attending Maestra Alsop’s rehearsals and March 25 concert with the American Composers Orchestra in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, which featured a number of world and New York premieres by composers Lisa Bielawa, Anna Clyne, […]

T. Herbert Dimmock Conducts Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”

A group photo of the performers of Elijah by Bach in Baltimore

T. Herbert Dimmock (MM ’76, Conducting) conducted his “Bach in Baltimore” musical collective during their performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Elijah was performed on Sunday, March 6 at 4:00pm at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. The title role was sung by Peabody Voice Faculty baritone Carl DuPont; the mezzo soloist was Kristen Dubenion-Smith (MM ’05, Voice). Bach […]

Gemma New Appointed Principal Conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

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Gemma New (MM ’11, Conducting) was recently appointed artistic advisor & principal conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO), becoming the first woman in the NZSO’s history to become principal conductor. In August, she will conduct three NZSO concerts in Wellington & Auckland with Peabody preparatory alum Hilary Hahn.

Awadagin Pratt Launches Nina Simone Piano Competition

Awadagin Pratt

Awadagin Pratt (PC ’89, Piano; PC ’89, Violin; GPD ’92, Conducting) won a $100,000 grant from the Sphinx Organization to start the Nina Simone Piano Competition which will feature African American pianists and will debut in the summer of 2023. The competition will be presented every two years in collaboration with the Art of the […]

Robert Pippin Awarded Endowed Professorship at Northwest Missouri State University

Robert Pippin

Robert Pippin (DMA ’19, Conducting) has been appointed the Dennis C. Dau Endowed Professor of Instrumental Music at Northwest Missouri State University. The position is the first endowed professorship for NWMSU, and Dr. Pippin is the second recipient of the award. The position is a two-year appointment, of which Dr. Pippin was awarded after “continuing […]

J. Ernest Green Conducts “Live Arts Maryland” in Recent Annapolis Performance

J. Ernest Green

J. Ernest Green (MM ’83, Conducting) leads Live Arts Maryland (LAM), an Annapolis-based music performance collective. Green was joined by multiple Peabody alumni in LAM’s recent performance of Richard Einhorn’s “Voices of Light” in November at Maryland Hall. Green has led Live Arts Maryland for over 35 years and continually engages with the arts community through […]

Gemma New Q&A

Interview by Bret McCabe It took a global pandemic to keep conductor Gemma New (MM ’11, Conducting) in one place for an extended period of time. In the decade since leaving Peabody in 2011, New, the 2021 recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, crisscrossed the country and Europe as a guest conductor, conducting […]