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The Peabody Institute at the Johns Hopkins University


Located in the heart of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Cultural District, the Peabody Institute was founded in 1857 as America’s first academy of music by philanthropist George Peabody. Today, Peabody—comprising both the degree-granting Conservatory and the community-based Preparatory—boasts a preeminent faculty, a nurturing, collaborative learning environment, and the academic resources of one of the nation’s leading universities, Johns Hopkins. 

Peabody-trained composers, performers, and recording engineers have won Pulitzer and Rome Prizes; Grammys and Emmys; Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Marshall Fellowships; ASCAP and BMI Awards; and Prix du Disque, and are featured on hundreds of recordings. The Conservatory’s illustrious alumni include pianist André Watts; cellists Carter Brey and David Hardy; vocalists Richard Cassilly, Theodora Hanslowe, and James Morris; and Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Dominick Argento. The faculty boasts such renowned artists as guitarist Manuel Barrueco, soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson, violinist Victor Danchenko, pianist Leon Fleisher, jazz bassist Michael Formanek, mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, conductor Gustav Meier, flutist Marina Piccinini, composer Kevin Puts, and organist Donald Sutherland. 

In campus facilities featuring five beautiful and state-of-the-art performance spaces, Peabody presents nearly 100 major public concerts and events each year, ranging from classical to contemporary to jazz. Learn more at

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/8/2018: DIRECT CURRENT: Peabody Conservatory's Now Hear This

Members of the Peabody Conservatory’s new music ensemble Now Hear This present chamber works by contemporary masters including George Crumb, Steve Reich, and Kate Soper.

Presented as part of the Kennedy Center's DIRECT CURRENT inaugural season. For more information on the season, please click HERE.

Video 2/4/2018: Peabody Opera Outreach: ANON

Peabody Opera Outreach’s production of Errollyn Wallen’s ANON gives voice to women all over the world who have been historically and societally silenced. Through an exploration of sex trafficking, domestic abuse, exploitation, and more, ANON brings to light the stories of women in our communities who are unseen and unheard, and asks, “What would you do if this were you?”

Video 1/22/2018: Peabody Pre-Conservatory Program

Eight young artists, under the direction of Rebecca Henry, perform violin works by Bridge, Mendelssohn, Maurer, and Piazzolla, and then join their Peabody Pre-Conservatory Program colleagues in the Performance Academy Festival Orchestra. Christian Tremblay, Director of the Peabody Performance Academy for Strings, prepares the orchestra for its annual January intensive that culminates in work with a guest conductor.

Video 4/10/2016: Conservatory Project: The Peabody Institute

Students from The Peabody Institute present a varied repertoire including Brahms and Waxman, among others. The ensemble features the Trio Mesama—composed of clarinet, piano, and cello—as well as baroque violin, baroque flute, harpsichord, violin, viola, and mezzo-soprano. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

Video 2/22/2015: The Peabody Institute at the Johns Hopkins University

Students perform Cantigas de Santa Maria by a Spanish Renaissance composer, arias for soprano by R. Strauss, songs by Brahms for tenor, Mey’s Musique de Tables for percussion, York’s Fantasia for Four Violas, and solo piano works by Chopin and Balakirev. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 2/24/2014: The Peabody Institute at The Johns Hopkins University

Students play Viñao’s Estudios de Frontera; Gounod’s “Ah! Je veux vivre” from Roméo et Juliette; selections from Owens’ Heart on the Wall; Verdi’s “Caro nome” from Rigoletto; Bonds’s “You Can Tell the World;” Ligeti’s Musica Ricercata Nos. 3, 4, 6, & 8–10; and Ravel’s La Valse. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 2/19/2014: Organ Showcase

Students from participating Conservatory Project schools play selections from works by Widor, Schumann, Buxtehude, Smetana, Shostakovich, Demessieux, Litaize, Albright, Dupre, Ellington, Bach, Cochereau, and others on the Rubenstein Family Organ. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 3/13/2012: The Peabody Institute at the Johns Hopkins University

Students play a program featuring works by Schubert, Wolf, R. Strauss, Barber, and Beethoven. Part of the Conservatory Project.

The Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University