The Vocal Studies Department of the Peabody Conservatory is committed to bringing each student to his or her highest individual potential through a positive learning atmosphere, high academic standards and a performance-centered curriculum, supporting and training every student toward a career in singing and the musical arts.

The Peabody Conservatory successfully prepares singers for professional careers. Many Peabody graduates have performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Washington Opera as well as with opera houses in Berlin, Moscow, Vienna, and Zurich. Some have gone into Broadway theater. Others have appeared with symphony orchestras and in recitals throughout the United States and Europe.

The art of teaching is as important in the Peabody Vocal Studies Department as the art of performing. All members of the voice faculty are committed to training outstanding voice teachers, many of whom occupy faculty positions at colleges and universities across the country.

The education program in voice requires the same vocal strengths as entry to the performance program, emphasizing a belief in the importance of well-educated teachers and mentors for the younger generation in our country’s public and private schools.

Distinguished members of the faculty, many of whom enjoy celebrated solo careers, provide expert vocal and musical coaching, technical training, study of language and diction, and special insights into the interpretation of vocal music of all periods, spanning from early music to avant-garde repertoire, with a strong commitment to the music of the 20th century. The Voice and Opera Departments offer a year-long, team-taught seminar in order to prepare singers for the realities of a career devoted to singing and/or teaching.

A comprehensive small and large ensemble program enables students to gain performing experience in the full repertoire of vocal music, oratorio, opera, vocal ensemble, early music, and orchestral masterworks. These are supplemented by intensive performance practice courses as well as opportunities to perform in weekly studio repertoire classes, departmental recitals, performances off campus, and a wealth of performing opportunities in the Baltimore/Washington area.

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Vocal Studies Faculty

Tony Arnold

Tony Arnold is a luminary in the world of chamber music and art song. Today’s classical composers are inspired by her inherently beautiful voice, consummate musicianship, and embracing spirit” (Huffington Post).

Margaret Baroody

Margaret Baroody is a highly respected singing teacher and Singing Voice Specialist with over 35 years experience.

Elizabeth Bishop

American mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop is enjoying a long career on the opera stages and concert halls of the world, including San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pittsburgh Opera, Dallas Opera, Atlanta Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Italy.

Carl DuPont

Carl DuPont is an artist, innovator, and educator dedicated to Transformational Inclusion in the arts and Care of the Professional Voice. His articles can be found in The Laryngoscope and the Voice and Speech Review.

Elizabeth Futral

Elizabeth Futral is one of the world's leading sopranos. With her stunning vocalism and vast dramatic range, she has embraced a repertoire that ranges from the Baroque to world premieres.

Denyce Graves

Identified as "an operatic superstar of the 21st century" by USA Today, Denyce Graves has performed in the world's great opera houses and concert halls. She is particularly well known for her portrayals of the title roles in Carmen and Samson et Dalila.

Ah Young Hong

A soprano of “fearlessness and consummate artistry," Ah Young Hong has interpreted a vast array of repertoire, ranging from the music of Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart, and Poulenc, to works of Shostakovich, Babbitt, Haas, and Kurtág.

Randall Scarlata

Known for his versatility and consummate musicianship, Randall Scarlata’s repertoire spans five centuries and sixteen languages. A sought-after interpreter of new music, he has given world premieres of works by George Crumb, Paul Moravec, and more.

William Sharp

Baritone William Sharp has a reputation as a singer of artistry and versatility, garnering acclaim for his work in concert, recital, opera and recording. He performs actively, as he has for four decades.

Vocal Coaching & Repertoire Studies

Eileen Cornett

Eileen Cornett is currently Associate Professor and Vocal Coach for the Keyboard and Vocal Studies faculties at Peabody Conservatory. She established the graduate Vocal Accompanying Program in Collaborative Piano at Peabody and served as Principal Coach with Peabody’s Opera Theatre Program for over twenty-five years.

Lester Green

A South Carolina native, Dr. Lester Green has extensive credits as a multi-disciplinary musician, pedagogue, and vocal coach. As a solo pianist, recital partner, conductor, and educator, Green has performed at the Kennedy Center, Washington National Opera, the Colour of Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival.

William Hobbs

Born in Austin, Texas, William Hobbs received his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Master of Music in Piano Performance, Research and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Ernest Liotti

Performer, educator, and lecturer Ernest Liotti pursues an active career addressing a wide range of topics including classical music, opera, great musicians of the past, film and industrial design.

Patrick O'Donnell

Patrick O'Donnell, vocal coach, earned his BA from Yale University, his MM in piano performance from the University of Maryland, and his DMA in chamber music and vocal accompaniment with Martin Katz and Eckart Sellheim at the University of Michigan.

Joy Schreier

Grammy-nominated pianist Joy Schreier is praised by Plácido Domingo as an “orchestra at the piano” and hailed by Opera News as a “superbly emotive pianist [that] wrings every nuance out.” She is acclaimed as an “ideal support” at the piano, “providing much of the evening’s musical nuance” (The Washington Post) and “perfection itself…the dream accompanist.”

Claire Galloway Weber

An active freelance soprano, diction professor at Peabody Conservatory, and voice faculty at Peabody Preparatory, Claire Galloway has taught voice students of all ages and voice types for over five years. Ms. Galloway has an active performance career that encompasses operatic roles along the East Coast with companies such as Saltworks Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, and the Savannah Voice Festival.

Wei-Han Wu

Described as “brilliant” by the Pittsburgh Tribune, Wei-Han Wu is active as a soloist, chamber musician, ensemble pianist, and vocal coach. He has performed in venues such as the Chicago Cultural Center, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. He has been a featured performer at the Tanglewood, Aspen, Castleton, Lake George, and Walla Walla Chamber Music Festivals.