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The LAUNCHPad team is made up of active artists, educators, and professionals with a wide range of skills and experiences. Our goal is to provide and promote opportunities that will help students find inspiration, explore career ambitions, and make bold steps toward the future.

Meet our staff and find their availability below!  For one-on-one assistance, students and alumni can visit our drop-in hours or make a remote appointment.  If you are unable to find a time that works for you, please email launchpad@jhu.edu.  In many cases we are also able to provide feedback by phone or email.

Please note: until in-person classes resume at Peabody, drop-in hours are suspended. We will instead offer expanded hours for virtual appointments through Handshake.

To schedule a virtual appointment:

  1. Sign into your Handshake account
  2. Click ‘Career Center’ on the top right of the page
  3. Select ‘Appointments’ and follow the prompts to choose an appointment type and time
  4. Your coach will contact you with a virtual meeting link
  5. Email us at launchpad@jhu.edu if you are unable to find a time that works for you or if you have any other questions.

Location & Hours
Unger Lounge, 1st Floor East Dorm Tower
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
launchpad@jhu.edu
Phone: 667-208-6595

Hire a Peabody Performer: If you would like to hire a Peabody performer for your upcoming event, or post information about a job vacancy in the Baltimore-Washington region, please visit the Performer Referral/Job Posting Request page. Thanks for your interest in sharing opportunities with Peabody students!

Meet Our Staff

Zane Forshee
Director of LAUNCHPad

Drop-In Hours: Fridays, 9am-12pm

Zane Forshee serves as the Director of Peabody LAUNCHPad and is a member of the guitar faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He is also co-Chair of the Guitar and Harp department of the Peabody Institute’s Preparatory Division. Additionally, Zane directs Peabody’s annual Fret Fest, Summer Guitar Intensive. Zane’s work as an artist has led to appearances worldwide including: the Palacete de Amezúa (Madrid), the Joseph Joachim Konzertsaal (Berlin), the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), the New York City Classical Guitar Society, and the Chimei Museum (Taiwan). “As the old adage goes, those who cannot do, teach. Apparently Zane Forshee didn’t get the memo…do not miss out on the chance to learn a thing or two from the man who makes music his life in the classroom and on stage.” (Baltimore City Paper)

Aubree Weiley
Manager of Community Partnerships

Drop-In Hours: Wednesdays, 9am-12pm

Aubree Weiley is an internationally recognized arts administrator and educator with extensive experience in social development and community engagement programs and curriculum. She currently works as a member of the faculty and manager of community partnerships at the Peabody Institute, where she develops and implements a groundbreaking multi-level curriculum in citizen artistry and community engagement. In this role, she has pioneered new institutional partnerships and oversees several programs in senior living communities, schools, civic facilities, community development organizations and at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Her prior work at the People's Music School in Chicago, as well as her residencies as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa and as a New England Conservatory Sistema Fellow working with music programs in Venezuela, Brazil, and Peru, have cemented her belief that sharing and learning through the arts brings great pleasure, deepens societal and personal development, and builds stronger, healthier communities.

Christina Manceor
Assistant Director of LAUNCHPad

Drop-In Hours: Thursdays, 8-10am & 2-4pm

Christina Manceor is a percussionist, educator, and arts administrator with diverse musical interests. In addition to her role as Assistant Director of LAUNCHPad, she has extensive experience in performing arts management, and actively performs as a freelance musician, pursuing artistic collaborations in chamber music, world music, orchestra, jazz, and improvisation.

Christina performs regularly as a member of The Kris Johnson Group, a jazz/R&B ensemble based in Detroit, and as a soloist, she was named winner of the 2015 PAS/Armand Zildjian Percussion Scholarship and the 2013 Black Swamp Solo Multi-Percussion Competition. She has additionally directed a few of her own performance projects, and enjoys bringing artistic collaborations to unexpected spaces. Christina earned her B.M. in Percussion Performance with a minor in Performing Arts Management at the University of Michigan, and completed a M.M. in Percussion Performance at the Peabody Institute.

Robin McGinness
Career Services Professional

Available remotely by appointment

Robin McGinness is an operatic baritone and career coach whose current interests include finding ways to use theater and games to facilitate professional development, self-management for performers, art song house concerts, and modernizing the operatic repertoire. An active performer, Robin is regularly engaged for both operatic and concert works groups including Pittsburgh Festival Opera, The Washington Chorus and Washington National Opera. Robin holds degrees in vocal performance from the Peabody Institute and Oberlin Conservatory, and joined LAUNCHPad in 2015.

Sarah Thomas
Project Assistant

Drop-In Hours: Wednesdays, 8-10pm

Sarah Thomas is a Baltimore-based violinist and educator whose interests center around exploring new ways to engage the community with music. Sarah performs in a wide range of venues ranging from traditional concert halls to Baltimore brownstones, and has appeared on many concert series in Baltimore including the Evolution Series, Union Square Chamber Music Society, and Music on the Square. As a member of the Bergamot Quartet, Sarah is committed to performing new string quartet repertoire and has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the Banff Centre. Sarah also performs in several other Baltimore-based ensembles, including Chamber Encounters and Mind on Fire, and enjoys collaborating on new projects with other artists. During the 2018-2019 season, Sarah was co-director of the Peabody String Sinfonia, a student-run, conductorless chamber orchestra that performs in community venues in Baltimore. A dedicated educator, Sarah holds a private violin studio at the Chamber Encounters Music Academy in Baltimore, and in 2016 and 2017 directed the String Chamber Music Workshop in her hometown of Memphis, TN. In her free time, Sarah can be found reading, drinking coffee, or going on long walks with friends. Sarah holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in Violin Performance from the Peabody Conservatory with Violaine Melançon.

Student Staff

Peer Coach Drop-In Hours: Mon-Thurs, 9-11am & 2-4pm

Arindam Jurakhan
Office Associate & Peer Career Coach

Arindam Jurakhan (JURAKHAN) studied with Dr. Vineet Shende and received an honors degree in music at Bowdoin College, where he completed his first symphony, Symphony No. 1: On Power and Prejudice. He also started releasing rap music after his undergraduate career; he wants to incorporate rap as well as other forms of popular music into the exclusionary field of western orchestral music. Currently, he is pursuing a M.M. in Composition at the Peabody Conservatory with Dr. Oscar Bettison. JURAKHAN found that creating music gave him the ability to give others a glimpse into his life. Through this power he attempts to authentically protest, advocate, and share through his artwork. He believes that in order to attain positive social change, those in power must face discomfort. Those conversations about systems of inequality are difficult and often do not end in solutions, but with slow progress towards an ideal future instead. As a result, his music is inherently uncomfortable. JURAKHAN strives to start and continue open dialogues by challenging listeners to engage with ideas they may not hold themselves.

Before entering a career in music, JURAKHAN had the drive to become a doctor despite music and composition being a huge part of his life. He completed a biochemistry degree at the same time during his undergraduate career. He worked as an EMT, hospice volunteer, grief counselor, and lead STEM teacher among other positions. He also led various organizations which required skills that ranged from teambuilding as water polo captain to forming philosophical discussions as Master of Sessions of the Peucinian Society. At LAUNCHPad, JURAKHAN hopes to use his varying experiences and skills to support and aid students in finding their unique path.

Michael Manganiello
Office Associate & Peer Career Coach

Michael Manganiello, baritone, is a student in the MM Vocal Performance and Pedagogy program at the Peabody Institute under the tutelage of William Sharp. They graduated from the Fredonia School of Music in 2012, where they earned concurrent Bachelor's degrees cum laude in Vocal Performance and Dance, with a minor in Visual Art/New Media. Michael founded, directed, and sang with the QED Vocal Ensemble in residence at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, NY. Michael has appeared as a choir member and soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata di Sant' Antonio, Opera Sacra, Buffalo Chamber Players, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Women of Vivaldi, Vocális Chamber Choir, Buffalo Master Chorale, and Harmonia Chamber Singers. Michael was a participant in the 2015 Baroque Opera Workshop through the Institute for 17th Century Music at Queens College, and the 2019 Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.

Jacqueline Scavetta
Office Associate & Peer Career Coach

Jacqueline Scavetta is best known for her deep and gorgeous tone on the viola and for her passionate and fiery spirit when performing. She began playing the viola at the age of 9. She studied with Susan Starrett, a protege of Hungarian violinist, Paul Rolland. Jacqueline is currently a first-year master student studying with violist Victoria Chiang at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She previously studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the tutelage of Elizabeth Freivogel who is a member of the Jupiter String Quartet.

Jacqueline’s accomplishments include performing in the University of Illinois’ Smith Competition, advancing to semi-finals with her quartet in the Coltman Chamber Music Competition in Texas, as well as being awarded the Edward J. Krolick String Scholarship and Award, and the Verna K. Townsend Music Scholarship and Award. Jacqueline was on full-scholarship at the University of Illinois and is currently holding the Artistic Excellence scholarship and award at the Peabody Conservatory.

Greg Hays
Audio Editor

Guitarist and sound engineer Greg Hays has spent most of his life studying music and art. Equipped with a cheap guitar at the age of seven, Greg began studying the instrument intently and has explored many of the versatile instrument’s genres and techniques. He has performed in rock bands, jazz combos, blues trios, and guitar duos; the latter of which has become an area of recent focus. Together with guitarist Jacob Lyerly, Greg formed the guitar duo Un/Strung, which strives to bring art music to new places and faces.

Greg has also been involved in the audio production realm by working on crews and operating sound for concerts featuring Jesse McCartney, Chris Brubeck, The Filharmonic, and Daughtry. Recently, he has established a freelance career of assisting start-up podcasts with their audio and production. Greg is committed to helping other musicians become self-sufficient by learning life and career skills required to cultivate a career in the arts.

Greg will graduate with a Master of Music degree in Guitar Performance/Pedagogy under the instruction of Julian Gray in 2020. He maintains an active teaching studio with a wide variety of skill levels and interests.