CL A SS N OTES Peabody alumni were featured in the second annual Colour of Music: Black Classical Musicians Festival, presented by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble, in October. The festival showcases classical music composed and performed by black musicians. Amyr Joyner (BM ’08, MM ’09, Violin) performed with his brothers Jarin and Khari as part of the Kaj Trio.
(DMA ’99, Violin) served as concertmaster, Kenneth Law (GPD ’94, Cello) was the festival’s director of chamber music, and Cleveland Chandler (BM ’93, Violin) was principal violin.
Ken Lam (MM ’08, Conducting), who was recently appointed music director-designate of
the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, has been appointed the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s associate conductor for education. He will lead the BSO in two Family Series concerts and continue to direct the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras.
Matthew Lynch (BM
’08, Trombone), who studied with James Olin, has been appointed trombonista soloista in the Orquestra Amazonas Filarmônica in Manaus, Brazil. Baritone Andrew Sauvageau (MM ’08, GPD ’10, Voice) appeared as Achilles in Silver Finch Arts Collective’s premiere production of A Fire in Water at Capital Fringe at the Atlas Theater in July.
James Robert Lowe (MM ’09, GPD ’12, Guitar) is the founder, director, and guitar
teacher at the Baltimore School of Music, now in its second year and expanding its programming to two more days a week. Sonar New Music Ensemble, founded by Colin Sorgi (BM ’09, Violin), was named Best Classical Group by Baltimore’s City Paper. Sonar’s 2013–14 season included works by John Cage, Ken Ueno, and Henri Dutilleux, and two nights devoted to Steve Reich’s hair-raising electric works.
Joseph Young (AD ’09,
Conducting) made his Spoleto Festival debut when he stepped in for Joana Carniero to conduct the first concert of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra on May 28. Young was assistant conductor on Kat’a Kabanova and was asked to take over for Carniero just before rehearsals began.
201 0 Colombine’s Paradise Theatre, a critically acclaimed evening-length musical and visual spectacle by Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10, Composition), had its Chicago and New York premieres in September. Eighth blackbird performed the work, directed by Mark DeChiazza.
Chelsea Buyalos (BM
’11, MM ’12, Voice), a former student of Marianna Busching, sang the national anthem and God Bless America at the Baltimore Orioles playoff game on October 3 at Camden Yards. It was the fourth time Buyalos had sung before an Orioles game.
Corinne Winters: No Hands-Off Diva Corinne Winters (MM ’07, Voice) has drawn unfettered praise from critics worldwide, had her image recently grace the cover of the Kennedy Center’s magazine, and is booked for international performances for the next couple of years. But for now, she’s conducting an interview on her cellphone while riding a city bus.
Singing has always been a part of Winters’ life—her parents report that she sang before she talked. But she didn’t even have a vocal lesson until someone recommended one when she was a high school senior in Frederick, Md. “You definitely have an operatic instrument,” the vocal teacher said, much to the teen’s surprise. Winters went on to earn her bachelor’s in music and psychology from Towson University before attending Peabody. After that, she landed a spot in Philadelphia’s prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts— one of only 28 students in a four-year-long, tuition-free advanced educational program—where she learned the craft of singing and acting. From there, she immediately began landing leading roles in regional productions. As her career has flourished, Winters has worked to cultivate her audience, interacting extensively with her fan 30
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It’s indicative of both her down-to-earth personality and the reality of life for a modern-day opera star. With the day’s rehearsals for La bohème (she’s Mimì) just ending, she was on her way home to her temporary apartment in Washington, D.C.
base through social media. “The era of the hands-off diva is over,” she says. “People want to hear from you and know you.” At the same time, she needs to draw some boundaries if for no other reason than to maintain the intense focus that’s part of the profession. With past appearances in some of the leading productions in the U.S., England, and Hong Kong, as well as upcoming ones in Belgium, Switzerland, and Italy, Winters rarely stays in one place long. That can be wearying. “It’s difficult at times, the transitory life style,” she says. “But it’s more than worth it because I get to do what I would do for free … and that is sing.” —— Michael Blumfield