The Peabody Conservatory Post-COVID Think Tank was formed in the fall of 2020 to focus on the future of Conservatory training, and the performing arts industry more broadly, as the world begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Numerous studies have detailed the devastating damage the pandemic has wrought on the arts and culture industry in the United States. In August of 2019, a study published by the Brookings Institution reported losses of more than 2.3 million jobs and $74 billion in average monthly earnings for creative occupations such as musicians, artists, performers, and designers, with those in the fine and performing arts – visual arts, music, theater, and dance disproportionally affected.
Considered in the context of the challenges already facing the performing arts industry, the pandemic has prompted important questions about the long-term landscape for Peabody and the performing arts.
The Peabody Conservatory Post-COVID Think Tank is charged as follows:
The Peabody Conservatory Post-COVID Think Tank will devote itself to these questions and issues, with the intention of making broad recommendations for further changes to the Peabody curriculum to be delivered by May 2021.
The Peabody Conservatory Post-COVID Think Tank is comprised of members of the Conservatory faculty, staff, and university and volunteer leadership, including:
Tony Arnold, associate professor of voice
Fred Bronstein, dean
Velvet Brown, tuba lecturer
Abra Bush, senior associate dean of institute studies
Farouk Dey, vice provost for integrative learning and life design, Johns Hopkins University
Zane Forshee, LAUNCHPad director and chair of professional studies
Sarah Hoover, associate dean for innovation, interdisciplinary partnerships, and community initiatives
Judith Ingolfsson, professor of violin
Sean Jones, Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair in Jazz Studies
Michael Kannen, Sidney M. Friedberg Chair of Chamber Music
Andrew Kipe, director of concert and ensemble operations
Paul Mathews, associate dean of academic affairs
Amit Peled, professor of cello
Joel Puckett, associate professor and chair of music theory
Robert Rearden, horn instructor
Anicia Timberlake, assistant professor of musicology
David Warnock, Peabody Institute Advisory Board
Joseph Young, Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Artistic Director of Ensembles
For more resources on the post-COVID landscape for the performing arts.