Marin Alsop, director of Graduate Conducting, is the subject of a documentary, The Conductor, which premiered as a Viewpoint film at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival in mid-June. Written and directed by Krieger School media studies Professor Bernadette Wegenstein, the film was shot in part on Peabody's campus and at Peabody's 2018 performance of Leonard Bernstein's MASS.
Velvet Brown, a faculty artist in tuba, has been named to the inaugural David P. Stone Chair in the School of Music at Penn State, where she has taught since 2003.
Abra Bush, senior associate dean of institute studies, has been named to the inaugural board of directors for the National Instrumentalist Mentoring + Advancement Network, which works to develop equitable opportunities and inclusive environments in classical music. Bush also has been appointed to the College Music Society's Presidential Task Force, co-chaired by Peabody alumnus Awadagin Pratt.
Mark Cudek, a historical performance professor, serves as artistic director for the Indianapolis Early Music Festival and on June 27 will perform in "Marginalia: Music by Women, Jews, and Other Marginalized Composers" as part of the 2021 festival.
Du Yun, a Composition professor, has been named by the American Academy in Berlin as one of the 2021–22 Berlin Prize Fellows. She will be working on a pipa concerto for Chinese instrumentalist Wu Man and an installation of AR work featuring Kunqu opera, under her FutureTradition Initiative.
Richard Goode, a Distinguished Artist Faculty in piano, performs a recital including works by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, and Debussy on June 25 as part of the summer season at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, New York. BFA Dance musician Shodekeh and Richard and Elizabeth Case Professor in Jazz Studies Sean Jones perform at Caramoor in July.
Sarah Adams Hoover associate dean for innovation, interdisciplinary partnerships, and community initiatives, has published her first book, Music as Care: Artistry in the Hospital Environment. The book, from Routledge, provides an overview of professional musicians working within the health care system.
Wendel Patrick, a Recording Arts faculty artist, is the 2021–22 recipient of the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship through Harvard University's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and its W.E.B. DuBois Research Institute Fellows program.
Derrick Wang's comic opera, Scalia/Ginsburg, will be presented by Opera Memphis in June. Wang is a Professional Studies faculty member. Scalia/Ginsburg also will be performed five times on the main stage during the Chautauqua (New York) Opera Company's summer season, from July 9 to Aug. 6.
Susan Forscher Weiss, professor of musicology, is among an international team of faculty, doctoral, and postdoctoral students from the fields of musicology, music theory, music technology, and library science that has been assembled by Ichiro Fujinaga, a professor at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, to create a digital musical library for the 21st century. The project was awarded a four-year grant of $318,000 by FRQSC (Fonds de recherches société et culture du Québec).
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