Over the past few years, the Peabody String Sinfonia has developed and maintained relationships with community partners and individual audience members in reaching many diverse audiences in the Baltimore community. We have collaborated with and performed at the Helping Up Mission, Hope Lodge, the Azure Family Concert series, Rise Bmore, the Baltimore Early Head Start program, MD State Correctional Facility, and Marion House. As a Peabody-based ensemble, the Sinfonia organizes an annual concert and warmth drive in partnership with the Charm City Warmth Drive at Peabody’s Griswold Hall. Our diverse programming includes everything from Tchaikovsky and Arvo Part to Aretha Franklin and the Beatles. We have also invited various Peabody faculty members including Judith Ingolfsson (violin), John Moran (baroque cello), Shodekeh (beatboxer, dance faculty), Alan Stepansky (cello), and Victoria Chiang (viola) to play with the ensemble. Merging these musical forces with Sinfonia’s creative programming and unconventional performance format has allowed for more intimate settings where both performer and audience can connect on an equal and meaningful level throughout – before, during and after the concert.
Peabody String Sinfonia Student Co-Directors: Claire Hebeisen and Lindsey Choung
As the current Co-Directors of Sinfonia, Claire and Lindsey are responsible for the administration elements of Sinfonia including organizing rehearsal and concert schedules and communicating with community partners. They provide student leadership in the form of organizing librarian tasks, marketing, and working together with the Faculty Mentor to determine the artistic vision of Sinfonia.
Lindsey Choung has developed her love for music since a very young age. Starting the piano at the age of four and then switching to the cello at the age of eight, she has since then spent the past 13 years solidifying her passion and skill for the cello.
Lindsey spent her formative high school years at Walnut Hill School of the Arts. There, she studied under Eugene Kim at the New England Conservatory Preparatory program. She is currently studying under Amit Peled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
In the past, Lindsey has attended several festivals of great renown, including the Heifetz International Music Institute, the Sejong International Music Festival, the Castleman Quartet Program, the Kirishima International Music Festival, and the Summit Music Institute. At these festivals, Lindsey has had the opportunity to study with amazing teachers, including Kang-Ho Lee, Emmanuel Gruber, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Timothy Eddy, and Terry King.
Violinist Claire Hebeisen is passionate about musical storytelling to create an emotional experience and enable communication. She is committed to a variety of diverse musical performances including alternative repertoire, creative collaboration, and performing for non-traditional audiences. She is active in chamber music, solo performance, and community engagement in the Baltimore and the Washington DC area.
Claire works to promote social justice, performing and organizing many concerts to benefit charities such as the Child Survival Project and a Place for You. She is a co-director of Peabody String Sinfonia, a student run conductor-less chamber orchestra that performs in non-traditional venues including rehab centers, cancer treatment facilities, and homeless shelters. Claire is also the Peabody Musician in Residence at Edenwald. In exchange for free housing, she plays three weekly concerts for the residents of the community. She is honored to have these opportunities to share stories through music.
Claire understands the intrinsic value of collaboration as an avenue of communication and connection. She has performed at several festivals, both for chamber music and orchestra, including Aigues-Vives en Musique in France, Domaine Forget in Quebec, Decoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute, and National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, during which she performed on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
In addition to ensemble performance, Claire has also performed numerous solo engagements, including Bach’s Chaconne for the Bach Marathon Concert at St. David’s Episcopal Church.
Claire also loves new music and is part of the contemporary music ensemble, Now Hear This. In addition, she works closely with Peabody composers and has premiered several of their pieces including Picture Whimsies by Bobby Ge and Life Cycles by Jeremy Earnest. She feels that musical performance is a conversation between the composer, performer and audience, and that being able to work with a composer personally brings a revitalizing energy into performance.
Claire studies violin at Peabody Conservatory with Judith Ingolfsson. She has also studied with Violaine Melancon, Jonathan Carney, Holly Hamilton, and Jeff Howard.
At Peabody, Claire’s string quartet and piano trio have been coached by Seth Knopp, Maria Lambros, and Michael Kannen.
As Faculty Mentor, Judith Ingolfsson provides artistic mentorship and advice to the ensemble as well as providing guidance for the long term vision of the group. She assists with the choice of programming, auditioning student members, and inviting guests. Ingolfsson regularly coaches the ensemble both as soloist and from inside the group. www.judithingolfsson.com