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Peabody Statement on the Passing of John Shirley-Quirk

April 8, 2014, Baltimore, MD: Jeffrey Sharkey, director of the Peabody Institute, offered the following statement in reaction to news of the death of John Shirley-Quirk, a member of the Peabody faculty from 1992 to 2012:

“The Peabody community is saddened to lose John Shirley-Quirk, a respected colleague, beloved teacher, and consummate musician. I had the honor of working with John for most of my years as director at Peabody. I first heard him sing at Tanglewood in the summer of 1980 and was captivated by his lyrical voice and warmth of spirit. John had one of the most distinguished vocal careers in the world, including his outstanding collaborations with Benjamin Britten. I am grateful to have seen first-hand his wonderful teaching and commitment to all of his students. Our thoughts are with our friend, Terry Shirley-Quirk and all of their family during this difficult time."

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About the Peabody Institute of 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 boasts a preeminent faculty, a nurturing, collaborative learning environment, and the academic resources of one of the nation's leading universities, Johns Hopkins, with which Peabody affiliated in 1977. Through its degree-granting Conservatory and its community-based Preparatory music and dance school, Peabody trains musicians and dancers of every age and at every level, from small children to seasoned professionals, from dedicated amateurs to winners of international competitions. Among the Conservatory's most illustrious alumni are pianist Andre Watts, vocalists James Morris and Richard Cassilly of the Metropolitan Opera, jazz bassist Joe Byrd, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento. Each year, Peabody stages nearly 1,000 concerts and performances, ranging from classical to contemporary to jazz, many of them free - a testament to the vision of George Peabody.


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