Peabody Johns Hopkins University Magazine

Vol. 10, No. 2 – Spring 2016

Vol. 10, No. 2 – Spring 2016

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Springwell’s Resident Musician

In the lobby of Springwell Senior Living, nestled among groups of chairs and tables and gracious windows overlooking the woods, sits a young guy practicing scales on the guitar.

Dean’s Incentive Grants Make Debut

What do virtual reality, hip-hop music, and research on Parkinson’s disease have in common? All three are the subjects of proposals selected for funding under the new Dean’s Incentive Grants, announced in January.

Johan de Meij and Harlan Parker

Promoting Peace

Ninety student musicians sat on the stage patiently waiting to begin. It wasn’t Peabody Youth Orchestra Music Director Harlan Parker wielding the baton, however, and they weren’t in Peabody’s Friedberg Hall.

Task Forces are at Work on Peabody’s Future

What specific skills in communication, audience development, programming, and community connectivity do Peabody students need to have mastered as they train to be citizen-artists of the future?

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At the Forefront of Music and Medicine

Peabody Institute faculty members have long been involved in teaching, research, and conference activities focused on the intersection between music and medicine.

Nikita Borisevich and Margarita Loukachkina are the first recipients of the Young Artist Development Series internship.

A Partnership Takes Shape in El Paso

Distinguished alumnus Zuill Bailey (MM ’94, Cello) has found a new way to give back to his alma mater.

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In Memoriam: Raymond E. Robinson

Former Peabody administrator Raymond E. Robinson died in October. He was 82 years old.

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Music’s Healing Bond

The day after 10-year-old Madison Strempek found out her father was in jail, she showed up at the Peabody Preparatory, instrument in hand, for her violin lesson with Louise Hildreth-Grasso.

Peabody Today Launched on WBJC

Maryland’s classical music station, WBJC 91.5 FM, has joined forces with the Peabody Conservatory to create a new broadcast series of faculty and student performances recorded live during the 2015–16 concert season.

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Maestro Murai’s Lasting Legacy

When Hajime Teri Murai, the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Director of Orchestral Activities, retires from active teaching at the end of the 2015–16 season, his legacy will include a generation of students who have reaped the rewards of his devotion to education, his insistence on quality and professionalism, and his passion for 20th-century symphonies.

David Starobin (right) works with Leon Fleisher (left) to produce the Grammy-nominated CD All the Things You Are.

Starobin Shines as Performer, Producer, and Educator

Described as “arguably the most influential American classical guitarist of the 20th century” by Soundboard magazine in 1997, Grammy award–winning performer David Starobin (BM ’73, Guitar) continues to earn international esteem for the breadth and quality of his body of work — as a performer, producer, and educator.

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Robert Martin: Melding Music, Culture, and History

It’s been a long and winding path of interwoven musical and cultural influences for Robert Martin (BM ’74, MM ’75, Composition) from his days at Peabody to his current roles as composer and executive director of the Zethus Fund for Contemporary Music.

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Pia Bose: At Home in Geneva

Following a career path that’s had some unexpected forks, Pia Bose (MM ’01, Piano) is now living the life of a musician fully immersed in both her art and a community of artists.

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Grateful for Scholarship Support

Yesse Kim (BM ’15, Piano), 22, knows how fortunate she is to be able to concentrate on her musical studies while at Peabody and not have to hold down a job.

Friedberg Hall

Friedberg Hall Set to Undergo Extensive Renovations

The stage at Peabody’s venerable Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, celebrating its sesquicentennial this year, has been graced by countless luminaries, from Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Igor Stravinsky to Hilary Hahn and Philip Glass. Yet this Peabody Institute landmark, the oldest concert venue in Baltimore, is showing its age.

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Showing Their Loyalty

Every year, Ruth and Arno Drucker loyally support the school to which they have been so deeply tied throughout their long careers.

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Paris Leaves Restructured PNAC Positioned for Growth

When Mark Paris (BM ’84, Voice) steps down in May from his leadership role with the Peabody National Advisory Council, he will leave behind a stronger, more effective organization, well-positioned for future growth.