Dean of the Peabody Institute
Fred Bronstein – an accomplished pianist, dedicated music educator, and successful chief executive of American symphony orchestras – began his appointment as the first dean of the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University on June 1, 2014. He came to Peabody after serving as president of the renowned St. Louis Symphony since 2008.
During his first year, Dean Bronstein has established the Dean’s “Breakthrough Plan” in order to focus the Institute on big strategic goals for the future built around four pillars: Excellence – to make Peabody as competitive as Johns Hopkins University; Interdisciplinary – to “own” the infusion of music across other disciplines in higher education; Innovation – as the oldest conservatory in the U.S., establish Peabody as a leading institution thinking about the future of classical music; and Community Connectivity – create a two-way partnership with communities that connects the Institute through collaborations and partnerships, while giving students the needed skills to be flexible and vibrant artists in the 21st century. Bronstein has restructured the Institute’s administration in order to align with long-term goals, revamped faculty contracts to reflect best practices, and established a $2.7 million Dean’s Fund to seed important innovations and facilitate change.
During his tenure in St. Louis, Bronstein led efforts to reverse steep multi-year downturns in symphony attendance resulting in a 36% increase in ticket revenue and a 26% increase in annual philanthropic support. In collaboration with the symphony’s artistic leadership, he introduced innovative concert programming, returned the orchestra to domestic and international touring after long absences, initiated new recording projects, and launched live performances on public radio. He led creation and early execution of a 10-year strategic plan, sealed new collective bargaining agreements with musicians well before old contracts expired, managed expenses to reduce deficits, and restructured the symphony’s marketing, education, and community outreach.
Prior to St. Louis, Bronstein served as president of the Omaha Symphony and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra where he led the search for a new music director. The move from a major orchestra to a university and conservatory is a “natural extension” of Bronstein’s career-long interest in the formation of young musicians. His first arts administrative experience was as executive director of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony, which has hundreds of alumni employed with orchestras around the world.
As a performer, Dean Bronstein toured for eight years and could be heard on New World Records as part of Aequalis, a chamber group he co-founded with a focus on new American music, innovative programming and educational outreach.
Bronstein graduated from Boston University in 1978 and earned a Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music in 1982. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 1987.
In 2005, Boston University’s College of Fine Arts presented him its Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession. He has served on the college’s Dean’s Advisory Council and on the university’s Board of Overseers.
For the latest news, updates, iniatives, and more from Fred Bronstein visit his from the Dean page.
Barbara Lambert, Executive Assistant