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The Peabody Conservatory’s Breakthrough Curriculum in Performing Arts Leadership recognizes that your success as 21st century artists will require more than artistic excellence. The Professional Studies Department provides training in communication, audience development and programming, community engagement, entrepreneurship, and technology to equip you with the creative and practical skills you will need.

Professional Studies courses are designed to teach you how to lead creative collaborations with diverse stakeholders within and beyond the performing arts, actively cultivate existing and new audiences, respond to the needs of your communities, and bring value through citizen artistry to the vitality and economy of your world.

A foundational course in music business and career development builds knowledge of traditional and new markets and diverse career paths and professional communication skills. You will construct a digital portfolio with which to launch your career, refining it over the course of your degree.


Zane Forshee

Described as “…one of his generation’s finest guitarists (Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine), Zane Forshee seamlessly bridges the traditions of the past with works of living composers to engage and challenge audiences.

Megan Ihnen

Megan Ihnen is a “new music force of nature.” The act of live performance is integral to Ihnen’s work and her performances thrive on elaborate sound worlds and fully-developed dramatic interpretations.

Christina Manceor

Christina Manceor is a percussionist, educator, and arts administrator with diverse musical interests. Currently based in the Baltimore area, she serves as adjunct faculty for the Professional Studies department at Peabody Conservatory, teaching courses for the innovative Breakthrough Curriculum.

Derrick Wang

Derrick Wang is a composer, lawyer, dramatist, and scholar exploring the future of law, music, and theater. He is the composer and librettist of the opera Scalia/Ginsburg, inspired by the opinions of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia.

Aubree Weiley

Aubree Weiley is an internationally recognized administrator and educator with extensive experience in social development and community engagement programs and curriculum.