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Peabody General Assembly

Mission Statement

As Peabody’s student government and the official representative voice of the student body, PGA’s mission is to empower students to take active part in shaping and enriching their experience at Peabody.

 PGA is committed to improving the student experience by advocating for the needs and interests of students, facilitating communications between students and administration, and uplifting the voices of students at Peabody.

 

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Willow Otten

President

Junior / French Horn

I am a junior French Horn performance major at Peabody, studying with Wei-Ping Chou. This is my second year on PGA, last year I served as Student Services Co-Chair. Outside of music, I’m an avid bookworm and I enjoy sewing.

Fun Fact: I have koumpounophobia (fear of buttons).

wotten2@jhu.edu

Jacquelyn Deshchidn

Vice-President

Second Year Master's / Vocal Performance

Fun Fact: I raise butterflies in the late spring and early summer

jdeshchidn@jhu.edu

Kaijeh Johnson

Diversity and inclusion Co-Chair

Junior / Vocal Performance

I am a third year pursuing a Bachelor of music in vocal performance and a Bachelor of music education. I am the President of the Black Student Union and work on many task forces dedicated fighting racism and discrimination.

Fun Fact: I love to cook and am working on growing my own vegetables

Kjohn263@jh.edu

Carolyn Dzul

Academics & Faculty Correspondence Co-Chair

Sophomore / Saxophone Performance and Recording Arts & Sciences

I am a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance and Recording Arts and Sciences. I am involved on campus as a Peer Advisor working with Peabody Advising and I am the co-president of Peabuddies. Outside of Peabody, I am a writer for the site, Music: Quarantine Edition.

Fun Fact: I am a first-generation student.

cdzul1@jhu.edu

Zoë B. Payne

Student Faculty Correspondence Co-Chair

Sophomore / Dance

I am a sophomore Dance major at Peabody. I love to explore Baltimore, create site specific art, & collaborate with other artists.

Fun Fact: I love to run and hike!

zpayne3@jhu.edu

Sophia Park

Media and Communications Director

Sophomore / Voice Performance & Behavioral Biology

Short Bio: I am a sophomore, Peabody-Homewood double degree student, studying Voice Performance at Peabody, and Behavioral Biology at Homewood. At Homewood, I am also involved in the Women’s Pre-Health Leadership Society and NOON Magazine. Outside of classes, I enjoy karaoke and ZOOM workouts with friends!

Fun Fact: When I was three, a TV fell on me, but I was saved by a small lego truck.

jpark279@jhu.edu

Maya Watson

Cross-Campus Connections Co-Liaison

Sophomore / Voice Performance & International Studies and Sociology

I am a sophomore double degree student studying Voice Performance at Peabody and double majoring in International Studies and Sociology at Homewood. Outside of class, I’m involved with Matriculate and Hopkins Feminists and give voice lessons to Baltimore elementary school children through Encore.

Fun Fact: I live with two cats.

mwatso41@jhu.edu

Eliana Krasner

Student Engagement & Traditions Co-Chair

Junior / Dance

Short Bio: I am in my third year of the BFA Dance program under the direction of danah bella. This is my second year being involved in PGA. Last year I served as the Cross-Campus Liaison. Outside of the dance department, I am Co-President of the Jewish Students Association of Peabody and a sister in Hopkins’ chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta.

Fun Fact: I am a twin

ekrasne1@jhu.edu

Philip Barsky

Student Engagement & Traditions Co-Chair

Junior / Vocal Performance

I am a junior from Manhasset, NY studying Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Bill Sharp, at the Peabody Conservatory. Outside of classical singing, I help lead the Reform Services at Hopkins Hillel and am involved with the Jewish Students Association at Peabody (JSAP). I also enjoy: learning new languages, biking, and baking.

Fun Fact: I was in an a cappella group that competed at the ICCAs.

pbarsky1@jhu.edu

Wenyun Bill Liu

International Student Liaison

Sophomore / Music for New Media

Hi! My name is Wenyun Liu, and you can call me Bill! I am currently a sophomore studying Music for New Media major in Peabody Conservatory. Meanwhile, I am also involved in our JHU CSSA(Chinese Scholar & Student Association) which communicates between international students and the school.

Fun Fact: You think that I am a composer for film and games? No, I was the lead vocal in our rock band back in high school.

wliu80@jhu.edu

Aren Vaughn

Student Services Co-Chair

Junior / Dance

Hello! I am a third year student a part of the inaugural class of the new Dance BFA program at Peabody under chair of the department, danah bella. I love getting involved in new communal and artistic opportunities.

Fun Fact: I’m in the process of building a DVD wall.

avaugh15@jhu.edu

Lara Villanueva

Student Services Co-Chair

Junior / Bassoon Performance / Recording Arts and Sciences

I am a third year student (out of five) pursuing a B.M. Bassoon Performance, B.M. Recording Arts and Sciences, and a Directed Studies Minor in Mathematics.

Chris Ambrose

PGA Advisor

Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Involvement

I am the Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Involvement in the Student Affairs Office and have been at Peabody since December 2019. In my position I work with PGA, all student organizations, Backstage New Student Orientation, and plan events for the Peabody community!

Fun Fact: Demi Lovato is my role model and I met her twice.

ambrose@jhu.edu

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