The University of Maryland School of Music Office of Community Engagement awarded graduate cellist Peter Swanson the inaugural Prince George’s Philharmonic Cello Internship for the spring of 2017. Swanson, who studies with cello professor Eric Kutz, was granted the internship by audition and will receive a scholarship through the generosity of the Riverdale Park Arts Council. He will also join the PG Philharmonic’s cello section for their concerts on March 25 and May 14.
“I look forward to playing exciting orchestral repertoire, connecting with other local musicians and performing in Prince George’s County arts venues,” remarks Swanson. “I hope to grow as an orchestral musician and I trust my time with the ensemble will offer lots of wonderful musical experiences."
The PG Philharmonic Cello Internship is the result of a partnership between the UMD School of Music Office of Community Engagement, PG Philharmonic and Riverdale Park Arts Council. Initiated last fall by UMD collaborative piano professor Rita Sloan, the internship is designed to provide a UMD School of Music cello student with the opportunity to engage with the local community while advancing his or her ensemble leadership skills. “It seemed to me that string internships might be helpful thing to a community orchestra in our county, and would be a valuable experience for any one of our students,” says Sloan. Through the partnership's support, Sloan hopes that the internship will expand to include other string instruments in future years.
Learn more about the UMD School of Music's community engagement initiatives here.