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Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Music Directorship

Peabody Institute

Established in 1990 by the Blaustein, Rosenberg, and Thalheimer families in honor of Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg

RosenbergRuthBlausteinRUTH BLAUSTEIN ROSENBERG (1937, Voice) studied voice and piano at the conservatory and remained close to the school throughout her life as a concertgoer, generous contributor, member of the Peabody Board of Trustees and, later, member of the Peabody Advisory Council. With her husband, Baltimore industrialist Henry Rosenberg Sr., she was a generous supporter of Johns Hopkins and the cultural life of Baltimore. Mrs. Rosenberg co-founded the Baltimore Chamber Music Society and was honored with the creation of the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Concertmaster’s Chair at the Baltimore Symphony in 1980, the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Support of the Arts by a Private Citizen in 1983, and the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America presented in 1991 by Peabody. She died in 1992 at the age of 92.

Almost every member of the BLAUSTEIN, ROSENBERG, and THALHEIMER FAMILIES has taken music lessons at the Peabody Preparatory. Louis Blaustein, a Lithuanian immigrant, began the family fortune by selling oil from the back of a horse and cart in the streets of Baltimore, a business that developed into Crown Central Petroleum, which was headed in turn by Mrs. Rosenberg’s husband Henry A. Rosenberg Sr. and her son Henry A. Rosenberg Jr. The descendants of Louis and Henrietta Blaustein include the families of Jacob and Hilda K. Blaustein, Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg, and Alvin and Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer.

Held by Joseph Young

Increasingly recognized as “one of the most gifted conductors of his generation,” JOSEPH YOUNG is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony. In his role, Joseph conducts more than 50 concerts per season with the Atlanta Symphony, which include programs on the Delta Classical Series, Concerts for Young People and Families, and various other concerts geared towards specific audiences in the community. Mr. Young also serves as the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, where he is the driving force behind the ensemble’s artistic growth. Previous appointments have included Resident Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, where he made his subscription debut in the 2011/12 season, and League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow with Buffalo Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony.

Joseph made his major American orchestral debut in January 2008 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and has since appeared with Saint Louis Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Bamberger Symphoniker, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de RTVE (Madrid), and Chicago Sinfonietta, among others. In the 2015/16 season he will make his subscription debut with the Atlanta Symphony, and Little Orchestra Society. This season he will also return to the Baltimore Symphony, and St. Louis Symphony.

Joseph is a recipient of the 2015 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards for young conductors, an award he also won in 2008, and 2014. In 2013, Joseph was a Semi-finalist in the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition (Bamberg, Germany). In 2011, he was one out of six conductors featured in the League of American Orchestras’ prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, hosted by the Louisiana Philharmonic.

Joseph earned his bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of South Carolina, and completed graduate studies with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at the Peabody Conservatory in 2009, earning an artist’s diploma in conducting. He has been mentored by many world-renowned conductors including Jorma Panula, Robert Spano and Marin Alsop whom he continues to maintain a close relationship.