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 […]

Bobby Woody Accepted to Inaugural Teaching Artists Training Institute Learning Retreat

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Tuned In alum and Preparatory faculty artist Bobby Woody has been accepted to the inaugural Teaching Artists Training Institute Learning Retreat. TATI provides a week-long experience in partnership with Miami Music Project and New World Symphony where teaching artists will learn from guest clinicians, try out new strategies in real-time in a classroom at Miami […]

Matthew Stevens Releases In Common III

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Peabody jazz faculty guitarist, Matthew Stevens, and tenor saxophonist, Walter Smith III have released the third recording of their In Common project, In Common III. The recording also features NEA Jazz Masters Terri Lyne Carrington, drums, and Dave Holland, bass, and pianist Kris Davis. Stevens and Smith talk about the album and their process in […]

James Richardson Completed DMA and Dissertation

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James Richardson (MM ’03, Voice) completed a DMA this past December with a dissertation concerning his discovery of missing song manuscripts by British composer Armstrong Gibbs (1889-1960). His work—which involved extensive research at the Britten-Pears Archive—was awarded James Madison University’s “Outstanding Dissertation Award of 2021-22” and is the topic of a recent publication in Brio […]

Amit Peled Featured on The Strad Podcast

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Amit Peled was featured in the The Strad Podcast, Episode #44 “Amit Peled on playing cello choirs.” Peled discusses various professional and educational experiences of being both a performer and instructor. In an accompanying video on The Strad website, Peled takes the solo cello part of Fauré’s Élégie, accompanied by cellists from the Mount Vernon […]

Trent Johnson Premieres Across Continents In São Paulo

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Trent Johnson (BM ’89; GPD ’91, Organ) had his new concerto for bass trombone and chamber orchestra premiered in April, in São Paulo, Brazil. The work is subtitled “Across Continents” and was written for and performed by bass trombonist Darrin C. Milling, who attended the Peabody Prep and the Curtis Institute of Music. Darrin is […]

Velvet Brown Named Penn State Laureate

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Tuba professor Velvet Brown has been named the Penn State Laureate for the 2022-23 term. Brown is Penn State’s David P. Stone Chair and associate director for equity, diversity and inclusion in the College of Arts and Architecture’s School of Music. Brown will spend her Laureate term bringing visibility to the arts, humanities, and her […]

Catrin Davies Named Artistic Director of Young Victorian Theater Company

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Catrin Davies (BM ’03, Voice) is now the artistic director Young Victorian Theater Company, a local Baltimore institution. Davies is the first female artistic director of the Young Victorian, which is celebrating its 50th season this summer. This summer, the Young Vic will put on a production of Pirates of Penzance featuring many Peabody alumni.

Sean Jones and NYO Jazz Release “We’re Still Here”

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Carnegie Hall’s Nation Youth Orchestra Jazz led by NYO Jazz Artistic Director and Peabody’s Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair of Jazz Studies Sean Jones will release its debut album called We’re Still Here on June 24.