Over the past three years, the Peabody Institute has been engaged in an energizing process of repositioning itself within the world of music conservatories, its home community of Baltimore, and within the multi-faceted framework of the renowned Johns Hopkins University, of which it has been a part since the late 1970s. It has embarked on a stimulating period of growth, focused on excellence, innovation, and leading the way in adapting to the changes in the American and international classical music landscape.
Today, Peabody is in the unique position to build on its rich history of professional music training at the highest level, to develop a vision for the role of the 21st century musician in our society and the training required for musicians to meet the new realities, challenges, and opportunities of that role. Peabody’s history, tradition, and pedigree, coupled with its forward looking view and willingness to challenge traditional assumptions, allow it to take on the real work of what it means to prepare artists for a world that is constantly changing. Peabody’s vision for the future connects directly to its founding in the mid-nineteenth century as a cultural center for the region that celebrated the role of music, art, letters, and discourse.
To take this vision of marrying the old with the new, and to ensure that Peabody and Johns Hopkins University leverage their unique relationship and opportunities as the forty-year anniversary of their affiliation nears, Dean Bronstein and his colleagues at Peabody have cast fresh eyes on the institution’s potential for even more profound levels of achievement through development of the Breakthrough Plan focused on Four Pillars: Excellence, Interdisciplinary Experiences, Innovation and Community Connectivity.