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About InterPlay

InterPlay, a joint venture of the Peabody Institute and University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), began in 2016 as a way to connect Peabody graduate students with UMBC undergraduate music majors for their mutual benefit. Since that time, the partnership has evolved to include two mentored professional experiences for Peabody graduate students: an innovative, interactive performance in Linehan Concert Hall, UMBC’s main theater, and a four-session teaching project in collaboration with UMBC faculty. Teaching projects to date have included master classes, chamber music coaching, audition preparation seminars and mock audition panels.

Sejoon Park inaugurated the partnership with a performance in March 2016. Two Peabody ensembles took part in 2016-17, including Mauricio Rey-Gallego/Teodora Adzharova and Min Kim/Sungpil Kim.

Goals of the Program

1. Create a coaching/teaching experience for Peabody students (mentored by Peabody faculty and in collaboration with UMBC faculty)

2. Provide a mentored opportunity to develop, produce and evaluate a performance project that explores innovative formats and encourages audience engagement

InterPlay 2017-18

2017-18 participants will receive one credit for an independent study, reimbursement for all travel expenses, and a $500 stipend. In addition to valuable teaching and performance experience, participants also receive mentorship from both Peabody and UMBC faculty, as well as feedback on teaching and performance projects from students and audiences.

The 2017-18 partnership will take place over two semesters and is open to currently enrolled graduate students (DMA DIPs are welcome to apply) comprising one duo or ensemble made up of Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Percussion and Piano. In the Fall semester, two ensembles will take part in an 8-contact-hour independent study overseen by UMBC faculty mentor Dr. Airi Yoshioka in which they will explore strategies for interactive performances and develop and market their own performance presentations. In addition, they will execute their teaching projects in collaboration with UMBC and Peabody mentors. In the spring, participants will present their performance at Linehan Hall on February 8 and 11, 2018.

Audition requirements

  • Applicants are asked to present a musical piece in an interactive manner, followed by a traditional performance of the work.  The elapsed time should be no more than 15 minutes, and the musical work should be limited to a movement or a short piece to allow time for verbal presentation.
  • Applications will be pre-screened by Dr. Sarah Hoover for suitability.
  • Auditions for those selected will be held on September 29, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Cohen-Davison Hall.

Requirements, skills, experience needed

  • The 2017-18 program is open to one singer/pianist duo and one duo or ensemble made up of Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Percussion and Piano.
  • Applicants are expected to have teaching experience or must be planning to teach.
  • Applicants are expected to participate in all required teaching, performance and independent study activities as outlined below to receive independent study credit and stipend.
  • Applicants must be available for performance at Linehan Hall on:
    • February 8, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • February 11, 2018, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • If you have an academic conflict with the above dates, please let us know in your application.

Specific Responsibilities

NOTE: If you have an academic conflict with the dates listed below, please send conflicts in an email to Ellen Slusarczyk.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Performance
    Concert at Linehan Hall
    February 8, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (7:30 concert)
    February 11, 2018, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (3:00 concert)
    Dress rehearsal at Peabody
    TBD – end of January
    Possible elementary school performance project
    October 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    November 20, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  2. Teaching
    4 sessions with UMBC students
    Wednesdays 10/4, 10/11, 11/1, 11/15 from 1:00 – 1:50
    Fridays TBD from 12-12:50 as needed
    Instrumental ensemble:
    Dates/times TBD
  3. Independent Study sessions
    First contact hour will take place at Peabody September 20 during Dean’s Symposium presentation at noon with Eric Booth
    Remaining 7 contact hours with Dr. Yoshioka will be scheduled according to mutual availability and may be conducted via video conference.

Application Instructions and Timeline

Applications must be completed online using the portal. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm Friday, September 25, 2017. Please submit one joint application for your ensemble, and identify the group leader.