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Peabody Conservatory honors alumnus, Baltimore-native Dontae Winslow at Book Festival

[A video of Winslow performing: http://hub.jhu.edu/magazine/2012/fall/making-notes]

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Trumpeter and up-and-coming contemporary musician Dontae Winslow will receive the Peabody Conservatory’s 2012 Young Maestro Award today at 6:45 p.m. on the music stage at the Baltimore Book Festival, North Park, Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore. The award was established in 1988 to recognize the outstanding musical achievements accomplished by young alumni.

Jeffrey Sharkey, the director of the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, will present the award to Winslow, who is scheduled to perform at the book festival at 7 p.m. with his wife, MaShica, who is a singer, and their group WinslowDynasty.

Dontae and MaShica Winslow are Baltimore natives, and both graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts. Dontae Winslow earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Peabody in 1997 and 1999, respectively. He has performed and recorded with Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Common, D’Angelo, Dr. Dre, Lauryn Hill, and Raphael Saadiq and has been a producer, songwriter and arranger for many artists, including Jay-Z and Kanye West.

The Winslows are committed to giving back to Baltimore as their careers take off. To that end, Dontae Winslow plans to talk to and perform with city school students participating in Peabody’s Tuned-In program this Saturday, Sept. 29, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the conservatory’s East Hall. Tuned-In offers full scholarships to promising public school music students to attend the Peabody Preparatory, where they receive a weekly private lessons, work with accompanists, and attend concerts and other cultural events around Baltimore with their families.

To arrange to cover these events or for more information, contact Richard Selden at 202-215-9727.


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