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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

Option #1

Black Tuxedo, white dress shirt, black bow-tie, black cummerbund or vest, black dress shoes, and black socks.

Option #2:

Floor or tea length formal black gown with 3/4 length sleeves


Floor or tea length black skirt or dressy pants and a dressy black blouse with long or 3/4 length sleeves, black dress shoes (no open-toed shoes or sandals), and black hose or socks.


NOTE: Pants must be formal trousers, floor-length, loose fitting or tailored, but not body hugging.  Blouses and dresses with low necklines and/or revealing backs are not appropriate.

NOTE: While this dress code mirrors professional practice in our field, we do not intend it to be gender specific or restrictive; the only requirement is that you wear whichever option you feel is most appropriate.


Peabody Modern Orchestra
Peabody Opera Orchestra
Peabody Jazz Ensembles

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.