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Breaking New Paths Bassoonist Mateen Milan sees Conservatory, where he completed his program receive an intensive musical something of his younger self in the BM degree in Bassoon Performance education including private lessons, first cohort of Baltimore-Washington in 2019. ensemble experience and perforMusical Pathways (BWMP) scholars Launched last year with a $3 mance opportunities, instruction at Peabody. And he is excited about million grant from the Andrew W. in music theory and musicianship, what’s on tap for them. Mellon Foundation, the BWMP has and enrichment experience such as “These students have big dreams, as its mission to prepare and support concert tickets, backstage access, and and they have the drive to achieve student musicians from communimaster classes. In addition, they can them,” says Milan. “Music can open ties historically underrepresented in take advantage of academic tutoring, up entirely different paths for them, U.S. orchestras for advanced study in family support, and one-on-one menas it did for me. Their commitment music and eventually professional toring, as well as financial assistance and hard work, combined with the opportunities. Its goal, put simply, for purchasing instruments, applying opportunities and supports they have is to transform the field of classical to college or conservatory, and other access to as BWMP scholars, can liter- music. BWMP partner organizations related expenses. ally change their lives.” — the Peabody Institute, the John F. The rigorous application process As the new program coordinator Kennedy Center for the Performing seeks to identify students in grades overseeing the launch of the BWMP Arts and the National Symphony 8 through 12 who are highly driven, program at Peabody, which is meant Orchestra, the D.C. Youth Orchestra dedicated, and interested in pursuto extend and intensify the Peabody Program, and Levine Music — are ing a professional career in classical Preparatory’s current offerings, Milan combining and expanding their music. “With this first cohort, we is coming full circle. He spent seven efforts to support and serve young certainly met that mark,” notes Milan. years in the Preparatory’s Tuned-In musicians from diverse backgrounds. “I can’t wait to see where they’ll go.” program before matriculating to the Students who are accepted into the —  Tiffany Lundquist

Big Plans In their own voices, here is where some members of the inaugural Baltimore cohort of BWMP scholars hope to go: Anthony Alark

Composition and harp

“My dream for the future is to attend college and secure a position in music composition and animation.”

Keyona Carrington


“If I didn’t have music I literally wouldn’t know where my life would have been heading, but I’m glad it’s in my life, and it gives me the voice I think everyone deserves.”

Jayden Moore Viola

“My goal is to be the best violist ever because then I can encourage other Black kids to be the best they can be.”


“This program is something that I can grow a lot from. I want to go to college and I need something that can push me more. This program can do that; it can give me strength.”

Lowrider James


Keyona Carrington PEABODY



Peabody Magazine Spring 2021 Vol. 15, No. 2  


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