Alumni Connections Series Welcomes Victoria Theodore ’89 and Peter Flint ’92

Feb. 19 program unites Oberlin students with graduates forging successul music careers.

February 15, 2021

Erich Burnett

Victoria Theodore and Peter Flint.
Photo credit: courtesy Victoria Theodore, Peter Flint

Victoria Theodore and Peter Flint, dynamic musicians and double-degree graduates of Oberlin who applied their educations to multifaceted careers, make a virtual return to campus Friday, February 19, for the second installment in the conservatory’s Alumni CONnections series.

They will engage with students and others from the campus community on a Zoom conference beginning at noon. The conversation will be moderated by Max Addae '21, a double-degree student in TIMARA and computer science.

Advance registration is required; find the registration link and more info on the campus events calendar.

Launched in fall 2020, the Alumni CONnections series unites current Oberlin students with alumni who are forging unique career paths. The informal conversation invites guests to share their perspectives and advice on all facets of career development—and allows Oberlin students to ask questions and form connections.

Theodore is a pianist, singer-songwriter, composer, music director, producer, and teacher. She studied piano, TIMARA, and music history at Oberlin, and went on to serve as keyboardist for numerous prominent musicians and musical projects including Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, and The Arsenio Hall Show. She has also performed for President Obama and the British royal family. Her debut album of original music, Grateful, was released in 2015.

Flint is a composer and performer who also serves as board chair of the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City, the nation’s oldest community music school. A student of piano, clarinet, and TIMARA, Flint took up the accordion almost a decade ago and plays it in the Bachtopus Accordion Ensemble and the Afro-Caribbean dance band La Familia Reggae Son. He is fascinated by musical traditions throughout the world and strives to incorporate their principles into his own writing. His music has been performed in the U.S., Cuba, India, and South Korea by groups such as American Opera Projects, the Hudson Quartet, and the Auros Group for New Music.

In November, the first installment of Alumni CONnections featured singer Tamara Jade ’12, who performs with Lizzo, earned praise as a contestant on NBC’s The Voice, and has launched a vibrant solo career.

The series continues with a March 3 visit from flutist Brandon Patrick George ’08, an avid soloist and chamber musician and a member of the Grammy Award-nominated ensemble Imani Winds. Additional programs will be announced later this semester.

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