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Community connectivity is at the core of the mission and vision of the Peabody Institution. As an anchor institution founded for the people of Baltimore, we are committed to building strong relationships with our surrounding community and instilling in our students an enthusiastic embrace for the role they will play in their communities as citizen-artists.

All communities have intrinsic strengths and resources to share. Experiencing and understanding these strengths and resources builds a foundation for meaningful engagement and pursuit of holistic community well-being. At Peabody, we design and facilitate educational experiences which enable our students to learn from community experts and practitioners, practice their art in real-world settings, and cultivate reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations.

Arts in Health at Johns Hopkins Medicine

Conservatory students share their artistry with patients, guests, and care providers through the Music for a While program in public healthcare spaces; and share comfort and companionship through the Sound Rounds program, making musical visits to patient bedsides at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Baltimore Washington Musical Pathways (BWMP)

Funded by the Mellon Foundation, the Preparatory’s BWMP scholarship program provides tuition-free instruction and support for underrepresented minority high school students from the Baltimore region aiming for future careers in music.

Concerts for Every Body

Conservatory students partner with music therapists to craft accessible, interactive concerts that center freedom of movement, self-expression, and restorative music experiences for the many identities audience members and performing musicians hold.

Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys

The Preparatory’s Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys provides tuition-free instruction and support for Baltimore area youth.

I believe an artist needs to be embedded in whatever community in which they work, and to share in as many facets of life with that community as possible. I believe artists in communities are not there to educate, but to collaborate. There should be a free flow of information in all directions.”

Brad Balliett

Lecturer
Woodwinds ‘

Inspired Aging

Peabody partners with senior communities to develop artistic enrichment and engagement programs that inspire older adults to explore their artistic capabilities and form social connections within their communities.

InterPlay

In partnership with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Conservatory graduate students provide guidance, mentorship, and instruction to undergraduate music students at UMBC.

Junior Bach

Conservatory students give composition lessons to students from the St. Ignatius Loyola Academy and the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, culminating in a concert of their original music.

Musician-in-Residence

Local senior living communities welcome Conservatory students to live in their facility and provide musical events and engagement as artists in residence.

Without the community, the artist has no purpose. It is the artist’s responsibility to express the depth and breadth of our emotions within the context of our current human existence. This requires us to be connected to our community members so that we’re able to authentically reflect those conditions.”

Sean Jones

Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair
Jazz ‘

Opera in Action

Who gets to make and to experience opera? Opera in Action is a course where students explore these questions and pose their own, using a short opera performance as the catalyst for both classroom and community engagement.

OrchKids

Peabody partners with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program to provide training and support for Conservatory students working as teaching artists in Baltimore City schools.

Peabody at the Library

Pratt Library Branches throughout Baltimore City host interactive and engaging musical programs presented by Conservatory student ensembles.

Peabody at the Walters

The Walters Art Museum presents Conservatory and Preparatory music and dance students in a variety of performances located within the museum’s collections.

Penn Station Rush Hour Series

Conservatory students serve as ambassadors for the city of Baltimore, performing for travelers in the hall of Baltimore’s historic Penn Station.

Let’s expand our reach- playing, singing, and dancing for those well beyond the traditional concert hall. The concert hall is an exciting and wonderful place, but it is not accessible to many in our community. We must approach with the utmost humility as we offer our art in sacred spaces where people heal, recover and wait.”

Maria Lambros

Lecturer
Chamber Music ‘

Sinfonia

Peabody Conservatory String Sinfonia brings healing and beauty through thoughtful engagement and performances to communities throughout Baltimore.

Tuned-In

The Preparatory’s Tuned-In scholarship program provides tuition-free instruction and support for school-aged students from the Baltimore region.

Young Artist Development Series

Conservatory ensembles travel to El Paso, Texas for intensive, real-world artistic training experience through a weeklong community engagement fellowship with El Paso Pro Musica.

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