Peabody Johns Hopkins University Magazine

Vol. 11, No. 1 – Fall 2016

Vol. 11, No. 1 – Fall 2016

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Papageno! performed by Conservatory voice students for local schoolchildren, through a new partnership with Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland.

Connecting with Young Audiences

A new partnership launched this fall aims to expand Peabody’s institutional commitment to its neighbors in Baltimore and across the state, while at the same time providing some Conservatory students and Preparatory faculty an opportunity for extensive professional development as teaching artists.

Online Learning

Online Offerings Take Root

The Peabody Institute is embarking on an innovative program of online teaching with a new music theory review course at the Conservatory for incoming graduate students, a new and improved jazz fundamentals class, and a series of pilot programs at the Preparatory to study and enhance long-distance, one-on-one music lessons.

Tuned-in students participated in summer programs

A Fruitful Summer for Tuned-In Students

More than a dozen Tuned-In students won scholarships to prestigious music camps this summer — all-expenses-paid opportunities to play with their peers from all over the country at the Aspen Music Festival and Bard College, and full and partial scholarships to attend the elite summer music pro- gram at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

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Gray Heads Preparatory Voice Department

“I wish such a robust voice program had been available to me as a young singer!” says Madeleine Gray, as she pores over her list of new ideas and initiatives as incoming chair of the Preparatory Voice Department.

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Commencement 2016: Celebrating Excellence and Connectivity

Pianist, professor, and conductor Awadagin Pratt (PC ’89, Piano; PC ’89, Violin; GPD ’92, Conducting) was the featured speaker at Peabody’s commencement ceremony on May 18.

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Midori and Eric Owens: Distinguished Visiting Artists

Violinist Midori is recognized worldwide as one of the legendary violinists of our times, an extraordinary performer, a gifted educator, and an innovative community engagement activist.

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In Memoriam: Remembering Gustav Meier

Conductor Gustav Meier, who retired in summer 2015 after a venerable and award-winning career that included nearly 20 years teaching at the Peabody Institute, died on May 27. He was 86.

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In Memoriam: Frances D.H. Prochazka

Frances D.H. Prochazka, who died on June 27 at the age of 89, served on the Peabody Preparatory piano faculty for 26 years.

Junior Bach alumnus Tariq Al-Sabir (BM ’15, Voice) with Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women students

Junior Bach Celebrates 10th Anniversary

In the fall of 2006, when Kevin Clark first walked into St. Ignatius Loyola Academy to teach one middle school student how to compose music, he had no idea what to expect.

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Doing the ‘Cello-Actress Thing’ … and More

Given her first name, it’s no surprise that cellist Melody Giron was born into a musical family.

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In Memory of Gregg Smith

Former Peabody choral faculty member Gregg Smith died July 12, 2016, in New York. He will long be remembered for dedicating his life to the performance of American choral music.

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Heart, Soul - and Adaptability

Thirty years after fully committing himself to producing music from his heart and soul, Paul Avgerinos (BM ’81, Double Bass) found himself onstage at the 2016 Grammy Awards, being honored for Best New Age Album for his record Grace.

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Gift to Build Diversity

Rheda Becker and Bob Meyerhoff have made a generous gift of $500,000 to the Peabody Institute supporting initiatives to build diversity in the institute’s student body, faculty, and staff.

A Life of Music

A bequest to establish an endowed scholarship fund specifically for cello students has been pledged by alumna Janet Rayburn Greive (BM ’62, MM ’63, Cello) and her husband, Tyrone Greive.

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A Defining Experience

When Taylor Hanex takes the reins of the Peabody Institute’s advisory board this fall, there will be no learning curve.