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Jelena Runić, Ph.D. 

Director, Peabody Writing Center
Jelena Runić is a full-time faculty member in the Peabody Department of Humanities, where she also serves as an ESL Coordinator. Runić holds a Ph.D. in theoretical linguistics from the University of Connecticut. At the same university, she received extensive training and tutoring experience in writing center theory and practice under the supervision of Tom Deans. Runić’s research interests include both theoretical and applied linguistics/L2 writing, and she has worked with non-native speakers of English since 1995. Currently, she is exploring differences in self-representation between East and West and their implications for L2 writing. Originally from the former Yugoslavia, Runić finds the writing center work as one of the most invaluable professional experiences she has gained in the United States. 

Ben Kapilow

Assistant Director, Graduate Student
Ben is a first-year graduate student enrolled both in the MM program for Composition as well as the Teacher Certification Program. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 2013 and received a BA in Music and Psychology. In between Swarthmore and Peabody, he taught piano, voice, and composition/songwriting to over 70 private students, music directed for two K-8 schools and a regional theater in the Philadelphia area, and composed music and accompanied for dozens of children’s schools and organizations. Beyond music, he loves watching overdramatic, contrived TV shows with a lot of plot twists (such as Scandal) and reading gimmicky pop psychology books that pander and are not very intellectually rigorous. 


Graduate Student
Christina is a first year graduate student in the percussion studio at Peabody.  She attended the University of Michigan in her undergrad, and has a B.M. in Percussion Performance along with a minor in Performing Arts Management.  She loves performing all kinds of music and instruments and has a hard time picking favorites, but she especially enjoys chamber music, world music, and jazz.  Christina also likes camping, canoeing, cooking, and of course, reading and writing! She is a graduate assistant in the Humanities Department assisting Dr. Levy with his Core 1 sections this semester. 


Graduate Student
Daniel is a composer and vocalist from Denton, Texas. He graduated summa cum laude with a BM in Composition as a Distinguished Honors Scholar from the University of North Texas in 2014, and is currently studying with Kevin Puts in pursuit of his MM in composition. His teachers have included Panayiotis Kokoras, Joseph Klein, Kirsten Broberg, William Coble, and Andrew May. Daniel strives to create works that give the listener and performer a sense of timelessness and immersion beyond their everyday lives. He believes that the time spent in the concert hall should be a transformative experience for all parties involved. As of late, he has been increasingly interested in his Persian heritage, seriously studying and taking inspiration from Persian melodic and rhythmic systems, Persian folk music, and Persian art and poetry. Daniel blends traditional Persian music with his own voice to create a unique quality for both Persian and Western audiences alike. 


Garrett is currently an undergraduate junior at the Peabody Conservatory, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance. At Peabody, Garrett studies oboe with Jane Marvine and also has studied piano under Eric Zuber. Additionally, he is working towards a minor in Liberal Arts with a focus on language and linguistics from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. In his spare time, Garrett enjoys watching films (and listening to their scores), eating out, and spending time with his four cats.


Graduate Student
Joshua is a baritone/ trumpeter/pianist /conductor /cyclist /traveler /avid crock-pot-meal-maker currently pursuing a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. Joshua has lived in four different countries, eight different states, and has been spit on by Patti LuPone. He went to high school in Smithville, MO, received his Bachelor of Music Education from Oklahoma City University, and was valedictorian of his class at both institutions. He is currently the assistant music director at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellicott City, MD. Joshua is the Peabody ESL Graduate Assistant in the Department of Humanities.


Ledah is a senior undergraduate studying violin with Herbert Greenberg and composition with Judah Adashi. This is her second year at Peabody, as she previously attended the University of North Carolina for two years, where she performed regularly as a chamber musician, old-time and Celtic fiddler, and a member of a variety of bands. She has always been passionate about reading and writing, which fostered a great love of words and language (as a seventh grader she was a contestant in a regional spelling bee; failing to make it the next level to nationals is perhaps what led her to pursue a career in music). 


Sarah is a junior at Peabody Conservatory pursuing a degree in violin performance in the studio of Violaine Melançon. Recently, she has been intrigued by improvisation, in love with any kind of chamber music, and invested in expanding her knowledge of New Music. Bach and Shostakovich are the two constant contestants for the title of “Sarah’s Favorite Composer.” Sarah loves collecting and reading books (especially those written by C.S. Lewis), and is an avid drinker of coffee. Writing is one of Sarah’s favorite forms of creating art, and she will be happy to walk with you through any stage of the writing process, whether that’s brainstorming, talking through ideas, strategizing, organizing, or thinking any of the other thoughts that go into forming a written piece.


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