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InterPlay, a collaboration between the Peabody Institute and University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), began in 2016 to connect Peabody graduate students with UMBC undergraduate music majors. 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, lessons for specified instruments, chamber music coaching, orchestral sectionals, audition preparation seminars, improvisation workshop, and mock audition panels.

During the semester, participants will take part in an 8-contact hour independent study overseen by UMBC faculty mentor Dr. Airi Yoshioka to explore strategies for interactive performances and develop and market their own performance presentations. Participants will execute their teaching projects in collaboration with UMBC and Peabody mentors.

Interplay 2020-21 participants will receive 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.

Participant responsibilities include:

  • Teaching: Four sessions with UMBC students. Teaching content and schedule will be determined according to the participants’ field and availability.
  • Meetings: Two meetings (fall and spring semester) with Dr. Hoover and Dr. Yoshioka; Eight hours of mentorship planning the interactive performance
  • Performance: Concert at Linehan Hal in February 2021; dress rehearsal at Peabody in January 2021

 Eligibility and Requirements

  • The program is open to currently enrolled graduate students (DMA DIPs are welcome to apply)
  • One singer/pianist duo and one instrumental duo or ensemble from the following: Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Brass instruments, Percussion, Voice, and Piano will be selected for 2020-21
  • Applicants are expected to have teaching experience or must be planning to teach.
  • Applicants are expected to participate in all required teaching, performance, and mentorship to receive stipend.

Application Instructions and Timeline

Interplay 2020-21 application deadline is February 1, 2021.

Applications can be found here.

For further information, please contact Aubree Weiley, Manager of Community Partnerships.