BSO's Marin Alsop to direct graduate conducting program at Peabody

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Peabody grad students hoping to be conductors will have to pass muster with Marin Alsop.

Marin Alsop, who has collaborated with the Peabody Institute on various projects since becoming music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, will now have an official post at the conservatory.

She succeeds one of her mentors, Gustav Meier, as director of graduate conducting, effective immediately.

Alsop has been a distinguished visiting artist on the Peabody faculty. Last season, she started a Naxos recording project with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra devoted to music of Pulitzer Prize-winning faculty member Kevin Puts. She was also instrumental in creating the BSO-Peabody Conducting Fellowship. 

In an announcement of Alsop's appointment released Friday, Peabody dean Fred Bronstein said that her "bold vision and innovative approach will further enhance our conducting program ... [And] our students will benefit tremendously from this increased opportunity to work with a conductor of Marin's caliber."

"... at a time when Peabody is focusing increasingly on what it means to be a citizen-artist in the 21st century, there is no better practitioner than Marin Alsop as exemplified through her commitment to education, community engagement, and an innate talent for making music meaningful to so many different audiences."

Alsop's statement praised Meier, a distinguished teacher who has mentored many successful conductors in a long career that included almost two decades at Peabody.

"It is an incredible honor to accept this baton from my colleague and friend, master teacher Gustav Meier," Alsop said. "His commitment to shaping the talents of young musicians has been an inspiration to me, and I am looking forward to continuing that legacy and working even more closely with the wonderfully gifted students and dedicated fellow faculty at Peabody."

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