On stage and off: Recent news about JHU's music faculty

Awards, performances, publications, and more

Manuel Barrueco, a professor of guitar, received the first Alicante Classical Guitar Award in recognition of his contribution to the Master in Classical Guitar Performance program at the University of Alicante (Spain), in a public ceremony held at the Alicante Town Hall.

Serap Bastepe-Gray, an assistant professor of guitar with a joint appointment in the School of Medicine's Department of Neurology, and Alexander Pantelyat, a School of Medicine assistant professor of neurology, co-authored a paper in Parkinson's Disease about research showing that twice-weekly guitar classes for people with Parkinson's disease may improve their mood, anxiety, and quality of life. The project involved Peabody faculty artists Zane Forshee and Sean Brennan, as well as other colleagues and students at Peabody, the School of Medicine, and Hopkins' International Arts + Mind Lab of the Pedersen Brain Science Institute.

Velvet Brown, a tuba lecturer at Peabody and the David P. Stone Chair and associate director for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the College of Arts and Architecture's School of Music at Penn State, was named the Penn State laureate for the 2022–23 academic year, an honor that allows Brown to spend half her time this academic year bringing greater visibility to the arts, humanities, and her home institution.

Du Yun, a Composition professor, spent the spring 2022 semester as the first recipient of the Deutsche Bank Fellowship in Music Composition at the American Academy in Berlin, where she worked with the Humboldt Forum on a recording project with first-generation schoolchildren from Yushu, Tibetan Prefecture.

Zane Forshee, director of LAUNCHPad and a Guitar faculty member, was featured on NPR's Live Sessions in a performance of Benjamin Verdery's Keanae.

David Hildebrand, a Musicology faculty member, recently published "Three Anglican Musicians—Musical Portraits from Colonial Virginia and Maryland" in The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians.

Sean Jones, who holds the Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair of Jazz Studies, was featured on the cover of the July 2022 issue of Downbeat Magazine, in which he talks about creating opportunity and how he got where he is today. Jones is also the artistic director of Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra Jazz ensemble, which recently released its debut album, We're Still Here.

Niloufar Nourbakhsh, a faculty artist and co-director of the Peabody Laptop Orchestra, won Beth Morrison Projects' Next Generation Competition, which includes a commission for the development and world premiere of a full-length opera.

Amit Peled, a cello professor, released a recording, Solus Et Una (CTM Classics), which grew out of his reconnection with J.S. Bach's cello suites during the pandemic and features his Mount Vernon Virtuosi Cello Gang. In addition, Peled was featured in episode 44 of The Strad Podcast, discussing various professional and educational experiences of being both a performer and instructor.

Marina Piccinini, a flute professor, participated in the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago in August. She and her pianist husband, Andreas Haefliger, performed the world premieres of John Harbison's Mark the Date and Tebogo Monnakgotla's "It Is the Lark That Sings ... " in a program at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Piccinini also performed as the guest soloist with the Grant Park Orchestra for the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis' Flute Concerto, along with works by Libby Larsen and César Franck.

Jeff Stern is a faculty artist and a member of the two-piano/two-percussion icarus Quartet, which released its debut recording, Big Things (Furious Artisans), in June.

Matthew Stevens, Peabody Jazz faculty guitarist, released In Common III (Whirlwind), his ongoing collaboration with tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III.

Thomas Viloteau, an assistant professor of guitar, explores four complex 20th-century solo guitar works for his fourth solo album, Suites.

Ah Young Hong, an associate professor of voice, and Joel Puckett, an associate professor of music theory, were among the 38 early-career faculty members from across Johns Hopkins University who received 2022 Catalyst Awards and accompanying grant funding.

William Sharp, a professor of voice, and Maria Lambros, a Chamber Music faculty artist, performed in the season finale concert at Yellow Barn Summer Festival, a chamber music series in Putney, Vermont, where Peabody Chamber Music professor Seth Knopp marks his 25th season as artistic director.

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