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
Marc C. von May Distinguished Chair of Professional Studies

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.

Judah Adashi

The work of composer and pianist Judah Adashi is guided by a belief that the creation and performance of new music can bear witness to injustice, create space for empathy, and serve as a call to action. Based in his hometown of Baltimore, he is the founder and artistic director of the Evolution Contemporary Music Series and Rise Bmore, and has been a member of the Peabody faculty since 2002.

Brad Balliett

Brad Balliett enjoys being a musical omnivore, focusing equal parts of his career on composing, playing bassoon, and teaching artistry. In addition to the Professional Studies department, Brad is on the bassoon faculty at The Peabody Institute, and teaches music history and appreciation at The Juilliard School.

Serap Bastepe-Gray

Serap Bastepe-Gray is a performer, lecturer, consultant, and pedagogue. She is the course developer and instructor of Playing Well, Peabody’s groundbreaking online curriculum offering practical, scientifically grounded approaches for musicians to avoid injury and maintain health.

Amanda Cook

Amanda Cook is the Editor of I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, an award-winning online platform for new music. A digital editor and music critic, her background in flute performance, higher education, and nonprofit administration coupled with her work in music journalism provides a unique perspective from which to view the current state of classical music.

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.

Antoinette Kranenburg

Antoinette Kranenburg teaches the Alexander Technique elective at the Peabody Institute and through her private practice. She is certified by Alexander Technique International and previously earned degrees in Psychology and Urban & Regional Planning at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Alysia Lee

Alysia Lee has a full circle role as an artist, arts educator, teaching artist, and policymaker. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Sister Cities Girlchoir (SCG), the education program supervisor for Fine Arts Education for the Maryland State Department of Education, and the series editor of Hal Leonard’s Exigence for Young Voices.

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.

Robin McGinness

Robin McGinness is an operatic baritone and career coach whose current interests include finding ways to use theater and games to facilitate professional development, self-management for performers, art song house concerts, and modernizing the operatic repertoire.

Tim Page

Tim Page won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1997 for his writings about music in The Washington Post. Before that, he served as the chief music critic for Newsday and as a music and cultural writer for The New York Times.

Khandeya Sheppard

Khandeya Sheppard is a member of the LAUNCHPad team and serves as the Manager of Community Partnerships at Peabody. Sheppard is a steelpan musician, educator, and arts administrator with a wide range of solo and ensemble performance experiences in the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.

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.

Claire Galloway Weber

Claire Galloway Weber has an active performance career that encompasses operatic roles, art song, contemporary compositions, and vocal chamber music. In addition to teaching in the Professional Studies Department, she is a diction professor at Peabody and has taught voice students of all ages and voice types.

Aubree Weiley

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