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Text: Breakthrough Plan 2024 September 2022View the Breakthrough Plan


Since 2015 the Peabody Institute has been repositioning itself in the world of music conservatories, its home community of Baltimore, and as a division of the renowned Johns Hopkins University. This has led to a stimulating period of growth, focused on excellence, innovation, and leading the way in adapting to and fostering changes in the American and international performing arts landscape. Founded in 1857, Peabody is the oldest conservatory in the nation and has a storied history. Over the years, its landmark buildings have seen visiting artists such as Peter Tchaikovsky, Anton Rubinstein, Igor Stravinsky, Nadia Boulanger, and Leonard Bernstein. It counts AndrΓ© Watts, Philip Glass, James Morris, Hilary Hahn, Cyrus Chestnut, Tori Amos, and numerous Grammy Award-winners among its illustrious alumni. Current faculty includes artists such as Marin Alsop, Manuel Barrueco, Thomas Dolby, Richard Goode, Sean Jones, Marina Piccinini, and Pulitzer Prize winning composers Kevin Puts and Du Yun.


The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University trains artists who are:

  • As diverse as the world they will inhabit
  • Driven to attain excellence and meet individual potential
  • Committed to tradition, innovation and working across disciplines
  • A force for transformation in the performing arts and communities


What we see:

  • The power of music and dance to inspire and transform
  • A diverse group of artists who reflect audiences as diverse as our society
  • Innovation anchored in deep tradition, linking the past with the future
  • The healing nature of music and dance

Five Pillars

To realize this vision of marrying the old with the new, and to ensure that Peabody and Johns Hopkins University leverage their competitive advantage, Peabody built its Breakthrough Plan around Five Pillars:Β  Excellence, Interdisciplinary Experiences, Innovation, Community Connectivity, and Diversity.