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The Creative Wire is Peabody LAUNCHPad’s blog featuring events, projects, and programs taking place within the Peabody community, written from the perspective of student contributors. Check out the posts below to explore the stories behind this hardworking and talented community of artists!

Edited by Carolyn Dzul. Logo by Robin McGinness.

Artistic Collaboration, Activism, and the Classical Singer

Oct. 26, 2021 - by Noelle McMurtry

With a mission to approach the women’s suffrage movement from an intersectional perspective, The Pleiades Project team decided to create and produce a new music-theater work, exploring the successes and failures of this milestone event in American history. After being awarded a generous Community Engagement Grant from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in April of 2020, A Women’s Suffrage Splendiferous Extravaganza! was born. With the addition of November Christine (Co-Creator, Writer, Lyricist, and Composer) to our creative team, we tackled the initial stages of developing a new music-theater work...

LAUNCHing Student Dreams

Jul. 27, 2021 - by Mira Fu-En Huang

Five students—four undergraduate and one graduate—were awarded up to $5,000 each through the Launch Grant in May. From online resources to a gallery show, the winning project proposals provided an inspirational array of ideas. They also shed light upon the various hurdles that grant proposals face, especially in the hybrid environment of early 2021.

Dancers Push Through Barriers

Jun. 8, 2021 - by Carolyn Dzul

This spring at the Peabody Institute, faculty, staff and students worked side by side to create a semester where students could interact beyond the virtual screen. The BFA Dance program overcame this transition by switching from a completely virtual fall semester to a hybrid spring semester. With the return to campus, junior dance students had more resources available to help present a broader range of work for the student showcase...

Crafting a Composer

Apr. 27, 2021 - by Daniel Collins

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a case study in constraint; from local lockdowns to mask mandates, notions of personal freedom have come into conflict with the needs of public safety, and many have been compelled to consider how their individual actions affect society. For composers, this tension strikes a familiar chord: reconciling one’s own artistic impulses with the confines of clear communication is a constant struggle...

Opera for Now - Opera for Everyone

Mar. 23, 2021 - by Michael Manganiello

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertain future of the theatrical experience, six innovative artists joined forces to create Strange Trace, an opera company whose mission is opera for now / opera for everyone. I spoke with Peabody student Joshua Scheid, to find out more about the concept and development of the company, as well as their mission and creative process...

Maintaining Inspiration: Junior Bach During a Pandemic

Feb. 23, 2021 - by Arindam Jurakhan

As a composer, I have escaped many of the ways COVID-19 has impacted the world of music. While the ability to lock oneself in their room without distraction could be a blessing for composers, the lack of collaboration has taken a toll on all artists. However, this void was filled by being a part of the Peabody Conservatory’s Junior Bach Program...

Welcome to the Creative Wire

Feb. 3, 2021 - by Christina Manceor

Welcome to the Creative Wire, a blog from the Peabody LAUNCHPad office, where we will explore the ways that Peabody’s talented and hardworking community of artists harness their creativity, find inspiration, and support one another to make an impact in the world....