Staff & Faculty

Sarah Hoover, DMA
Associate Dean for Innovation, Interdisciplinary Partnerships & Community Initiatives

DMA Vocal Performance, BA Special Divisional Major (Medieval Studies), Certificate Essentials of Performing Arts Health, Certificate Arts in Health

Primary disciplines/areas of focus: Vocal performance and pedagogy, voice science, injury prevention and health promotion education, arts administration, curriculum design

Kris Chesky
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in Performing Arts Health, Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute and School of Medicine
Chair, Department of Performing Arts & Health, Peabody Conservatory
Professor, Performing Arts Health & Science, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Ph.D. and M.M.E., Music Education, B.M. Music Performance (Jazz Trumpet)

Primary disciplines/areas of focus: Music education, performing arts medicine, health promotion, music performance

Kerry Devlin, MMT, LPMT, MT-BC
Arts in Health Program Advisor

Ph.D. Candidate Music Therapy, MMT Music Therapy, BM Voice Performance, NICU MT

Primary disciplines/areas of focus: Disability, pediatrics, neurology, movement disorders, memory care

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Raluca Matei

Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) with the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Specialization/Area of Focus: health education provision in higher music education (i.e. conservatoires); musicians’ physical and mental health; and musicians’ health literacy

Giulia Ripani

Ph.D. Music Education

Specialization/Area of Focus: concept of identity from social psychological and philosophical perspectives

Nabeel Zuhdi

Master’s in Guitar Performance and Ph.D. in Music with a concentration in Performing Arts Health

Specialization/Area of Focus: occupational identity of musicians, including its influence on behavior and health, its characteristics, social dynamics, and potential impact on the music discipline

Sound Rounds Musicians

Nicole Okundaye
Peabody Preparatory Faculty Artist in Healthcare

BM Vocal Performance

Primary disciplines/areas of focus: arts in healthcare

Autumn England
Peabody Preparatory Faculty Artist in Healthcare

MM & BM Cello Performance

Primary disciplines/areas of focus: arts in healthcare

Support Our Work

Our work is made possible through the support of generous donors, providing Peabody with the resources needed to continue leading the way in innovative, diverse, and inclusive performing arts education and programs. You can make a gift to our Performing Arts & Health programs through the Peabody website by selecting your gift designation as ‘Other’ and specifying as ‘Performing Arts & Health.’