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The dress guidelines outlined here are strongly enforced to ensure that everyone in the ensemble is dressed professionally and uniformly for performances. If in doubt as to what to wear, stay as conservative as possible.  Students who arrive for a concert improperly dressed will be sent home to change or, if this is not possible, will have their grade automatically lowered and may be pulled from the concert. Consistent failure to maintain a professional appearance in performance will have a negative effect upon one’s grade.

Peabody Symphony Orchestra
Peabody Chamber Orchestra
Peabody Wind Ensemble
Peabody Studio Orchestra
 (may sometimes use all dressy black policy below)
Peabody Choral Ensembles


  • Black tuxedo.
  • Pressed white dress shirt.
  • Black bow tie.
  • Black cummerbund or black tuxedo vest.
  • Suspenders are permitted, but they must be either black or white.
  • Black dress socks (no ankle socks).
  • Black dress shoes (no cowboy or combat boots).


  • Plain black, floor to mid-calf length gown with long or 3/4 sleeves.
  • Long or mid-calf black skirt, or black dress slacks, with a black top having long or 3/4 sleeves. If you wear slacks, they must be loose and flowing – nothing tight, and no jeans.
  • Black or neutral hose and black dress shoes. No open-toed shoes or sandals.
  • No excessive jewelry. No sequins or sparkles. Hair accessories must be black, silver, or gold.
  • No plunging necklines, rising slits (dress and skirt slits must not exceed six inches in length), low-cut backs, or displays of midriff. Wear a slip if your outfit requires it.
  • Toes, knees, and elbows must not be visible.

Peabody Modern Orchestra
Peabody Opera Orchestra
Peabody Jazz Ensembles

Men and Women

All dressy black, i.e. black dress shoes with black socks, black dress pants or dress skirt and a black long-sleeved dress shirt or top. Black jeans and t-shirts are not acceptable. Black means solid black, without stripes or other patterns. No tuxedos or other formal wear. Coats and ties are optional but must also be black.