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LAUNCHPad’s team consists of active artists, educators, and student assistants with a wide range of skills and experiences. We strive to provide and promote opportunities that will help you find inspiration, explore career ambitions, and make bold steps toward the future!

Schedule an Appointment

For one-on-one help, you can visit our drop-in hours or make a remote appointment. If you cannot find a time that works for you, please email launchpad@jhu.edu; we may be able to help you 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 have any other questions

Meet our staff and find their specific availabilities below!

Professional Staff

Zane Forshee
Director of LAUNCHPad

Office Hours: Fridays, 9:00 am - 11:00 am ET

Zane Forshee serves as the Director of Peabody LAUNCHPad and is a member of the guitar faculty at the Peabody Institute. He also serves as co-Chair of the Guitar and Harp department of the Peabody Institute’s Preparatory Division. Zane directs Peabody’s annual Fret Fest, Summer Guitar Intensive. His 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). Of him, Baltimore City Paper writes: “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.”

Aubree Weiley
Manager of Community Partnerships

Office Hours: Mondays, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

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 at the Peabody Institute as a member of the faculty and manager of community partnerships, 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, and community development organizations at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Aubree's extensive resume includes work at the People's Music School in Chicago, as well as residencies as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa and a New England Conservatory Sistema Fellow working with music programs in Venezuela, Brazil, and Peru. Her work has 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

Office Hours: Thursdays, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

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 a soloist; she won both the 2015 PAS/Armand Zildjian Percussion Scholarship and the 2013 Black Swamp Solo Multi-Percussion Competition. She has also directed several personal 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

Office Hours: Mondays, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm ET

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. 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

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

Praised for their enviable resonance, crystalline diction, and stylistic prowess, baritone Michael Manganiello focuses their solo and ensemble work on breaking down established preconceptions of identity and artistic expression. In addition to their coursework, they also maintain a voice studio, and work as a Peer Career Coach at Peabody’s LAUNCHPad, working collaboratively with students to reach their professional and artistic goals. Michael graduated from SUNY Fredonia 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 soloist and ensemblist 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 Baroque Opera Workshop through the Institute for 17th Century Music at Queens College, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, and ARTEK Madrigal Madness.

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.

Mira Fu-En Huang
Office Associate

Mira Fu-En Huang, soprano, is an early and modern music specialist with a passion for traditional, non-Western repertoire—she has sung in Bulgarian, Korean, Nisenan, and more. She has had the honor of performing as Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Euridice in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, and Semele in Handel’s opera of the same name. Other accolades include singing as a featured soloist for the ExplOratorio in 2020, participating in the Carnegie Hall premiere of Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Sunset in My Hand in 2017, and soloing in the Vatican in 2013. At Peabody, Mira is pursuing a master’s degree in Historical Performance under the tutelage of Ah Young Hong. She received undergraduate degrees with honors in Music, Psychology, and English from the University of California, Davis in 2019. In her free time, Mira plays flute and viola da gamba, and sings with the professional west-coast ensemble, Vox Musica.

Madeleine Strong
Office Associate

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Madeleine Strong uses her Asian and Hispanic heritage as inspiration for her artistic and entrepreneurial endeavors. An active flute player, collaborator and teacher, she is a diverse musician who enjoys sharing her music with any audience. She attributes her ambitious nature to her upbringing and is dedicated to serving her community through non-profit work and other acts of community service. Aside from her work with LAUNCHPad, she spends her time performing at assisted-living facilities and providing private music lessons to youth as a Saturday Academy teacher with Orchkids. She also enjoys performing at weddings and other ceremonial events, and collaborating with many different musicians. She is currently pursuing her Master of Music with renowned flute player, Marina Piccinini at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. When she is not practicing flute, teaching, or contributing to her LAUNCHPad team, Madeleine enjoys playing with her pet lizard and reading science-fiction.

Randy Ho
Office Associate

Complemented on his “affectionate vibrato” (OperaWire), tenor, Randy Ho creates an honest experience on the operatic and concert stages.

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Mr. Ho is a current master's student at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Ho holds a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration concentrating on Marketing from the University of Denver. Mr. Ho is currently studying with Dr. Stanley Cornett and previously studied with Lindemann alumnus Matthew Plenk. Through Launchpad, Mr. Ho hopes to empower students to achieve their career aspirations by assisting them with their business skills.

Most recently, Mr. Ho was showcased as a studio artist at Carnegie Hall’s Song Studio led by world-renowned Soprano Renee Flemming. Mr. Ho has also been a featured in Lamont Opera Theater’s Productions of Il trittico (Rinuiccio), Così fan tutte, and Die Fledermaus, Opera Scenes from La fille du régiment (Tonio), Peabody Opera Theater production of Turn of the Screw (Peter Quint, The National Repertory Orchestra, Denver Opera Collective, and The Denver Spirituals Project.

Carolyn Dzul
Dynamic Content Editor

Carolyn Dzul is a Latinx saxophonist born in Houston, Texas. Daughter of two immigrant parents, Dzul is a first-generation student at the Peabody Institute earning a joint bachelor’s degree in Saxophone Performance and Recording Arts and Sciences. Currently, she studies under the instruction of Gary Louie. Dzul’s experience as a bandleader, journalist, and student council member in high school helped her gain communication and critical thinking skills that she uses to best serve the Peabody community. As a member of the Peabody General Assembly, Dzul has worked with students, staff, and administration with the transition of remote learning. Additionally, she works with the Office of Academic Affairs as a Peer Advisor and currently is the Co-President of the Peabuddies Club on campus. Outside of her studies, Dzul runs a blog with Rachel Taylor called Music: Quarantine Edition where they expose their audience to music-related content from online performances, programs, and new works, among other topics.

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.