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We provide career coaching to Peabody students and recent alumni. To schedule an appointment, you can find us on Handshake, or email us at launchpad@jhu.edu with any questions.

Peabody LAUNCHPad
Leakin Hall, Plaza Level, Room 5
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00
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!

Mailing Address

Peabody LAUNCHPad
Peabody Institute
1 East Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21202

Meet Our Staff

Zane Forshee
Director of LAUNCHPad

Zane Forshee serves as the Director of Peabody LAUNCHPad and is a member of the guitar faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music 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

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
Career Services Professional

Christina Manceor is a percussionist, educator, and arts administrator with diverse musical interests. In addition to her role as Career Services Professional at Peabody LAUNCHPad, she serves as Managing Director of Community Concerts at Second, a local performing arts presenting organization, and 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

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.

Student Staff

Amanda Dame
Office Associate & Peer Career Coach

Flutist Amanda Dame is in the second year of her MM, studying flute performance under the guidance of Marina Piccinini. Over the past year, she has secured a wide range of career opportunities, including an appearance of Guest Principal with the Canton Symphony in Canton, OH, the Flute Faculty position at the summer camp Encore/Coda, solo recitals at both Anderson House in Washington, DC, and The Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD, an appearance on Peabody’s Friday Noon Series, and several appearances on the Peabody at the Library series with her flute and guitar duo Second Ceremony (featuring Zachary Grim, guitar). Amanda plans to continue performing and teaching in the Baltimore area after she graduates. Amanda has worked in the LAUNCHPad office since Fall 2017 and holds the position of Office Associate and Peer Career Coach.

David Sayers
Office Associate & Peer Career Coach

David Sayers is an orchestral and chamber musician, competitive soloist, and educator. He has performed with the Waco Symphony Orchestra, the Waco Civic Theater, the St. Edwards Theater, and is extremely active in Church music with over 250 service credits throughout Alabama, Georgia, Texas, and Maryland. David has also participated in the community bands of Waco, TX and Mobile, AL and was active in outreach with the Brazos River Brass Quintet in Waco, TX, of which he was a founding member. David has won numerous awards for his solo and ensemble skills, including 1st and 3rd place showings in the ensemble division of the National Trumpet Competition, acceptance into the Eastern Music Festival and Brevard Summer Music Festivals working under Maestros Gerard Schwarz and Keith Lockhart, and many other local/regional solo competitions. Currently David is a second-year Masters Student at the Peabody Conservatory studying under Joe Burgstaller. He received his Bachelor of Music at Baylor University under Trumpet professor Wiff Rudd. At Peabody, David founded a second Brass Quintet, Old Bay Brass, which plays professionally in the Baltimore/DC Region. He also works at the LAUNCHPad office as an Office Associate and Peer Career Coach.

Zachary Grim
Office Associate

Concert guitarist and lutenist Zachary Grim is known for his innovative concert programs presented in modern contexts across the country. His unique approach to music has led him to performances in venues such as the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Gore Recital Hall, Hamilton Recital Hall, Gates Recital Hall, Waldheim Park, and Ag Hall. Additionally, Zachary has appeared as an artist for organizations such as the Bethlehem Bach Choir, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, Allentown Band, Wilmington Classical Guitar Society, Boulder Guitar Society, and Denver Guitar Workshop. While Zachary brings his music to the concert hall, his evangelical approach to music has lead him to concerts in living rooms, music therapy centers, and retirement homes to spread the guitar’s vast repertoire to all corners of society. As an award-winning musician, he has appeared on television, radio, and has been featured in print on numerous occasions.

An active teacher, Zachary has held a number of prestigious teaching appointments and has maintained a studio of private students since 2009. All of his students have become fine musicians and many enjoy performing careers of their own. As an academic, Zachary also gives lectures on a number of topics relating to the classical guitar and its repertoire. Previous topics have included transcribing the lute music of John Dowland, the lute music of the English Tudor courts, Baroque performance practice, and modern compositional styles among guitar composers.

Jacob Lyerly
Office Associate

Jacob Lyerly is a guitarist who aspires to bring beauty into the world using music. He has pursued this mission through many artistic avenues such as teaching, audio recording, and performing both solo and ensemble music. Most recently, Jacob was the recipient of the University of South Carolina School of Music’s 2017 Christopher Berg Guitar Award. This award is given to the student best exemplifying the qualities of creativity, humility, perseverance, and improvement in their study of the guitar and music performance.

Jacob received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2017 from The University of South Carolina where he studied guitar with Christopher Berg. He is currently pursing a Master of Music in Performance with an emphasis in Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where he studies guitar with Julian Gray.

Hannah Noyes
Office Associate

Hannah Alexandra Noyes is a budding soprano with interests in verismo and Romantic opera and rarely-performed repertoire. Hannah recently appeared in the inaugural production of the Concordia Opera as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, where she has also performed in scenes from Falstaff (Alice Ford) and Candide (Cunegonde). During the summer of 2018, Hannah attended SongFest in Los Angeles as a Colburn Fellow where she was featured in recital performing Arnold Schoenberg’s Brettl-lieder. This season, she is thrilled to be making her Peabody Opera Theatre debut in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, and in Bernstein's MASS under the direction of Marin Alsop. At the LAUNCHPad, Hannah hopes to support students in their professional development. She is a first year Masters student studying with Ah Young Hong towards a degree in Vocal Performance.