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As we move through this period of unprecedented challenge and change, and as we reflect upon Peabody’s role, we think about you, our supporters, who make the work we do possible. Your generosity helps the Peabody Institute remain a leader in performing arts education while delivering the standard of excellence our students and community have come to expect.

Your dedication changes the lives of our students. Whether learning to dance at the Preparatory, studying an instrument, taking a theory class, or playing in an ensemble, our students reach their greatest potential because of your generosity. At Peabody, we train 21st century artists. These performers are not only talented, but also innovative. We foster forward-thinking artists who use new technologies and ways to share the power of art with their community. We know that when society is faced with unprecedented uncertainty and isolation, it looks to the performing arts for comfort. Peabody musicians have the tools to provide that access.

As we navigate the new normal, your generosity is the support that helps us continue to offer classes and programs to all our students. As part of our commitment to you, Peabody remains devoted to the five pillars of the Breakthrough Plan, and especially to creating a culture of diversity and access to artistic experiences, and a more fulfilling future.

Thank you for investing in Peabody. It is our pleasure to share with you the impact of your philanthropy over the 2019–20 academic year in this report. We could not be more excited about our momentum, direction, and the pathway we are paving for a new generation of young musicians and dancers. We look forward to our continued work together.


Fred Bronstein
Dean, Peabody Institute

Maria MathiesonMaria Mathieson
Director, Peabody Preparatory

With Gratitude | 2019-20

All of us at Peabody are thankful for you, our dedicated supporters, alumni, and friends, who have given more than $6 million over the last year to support our students, faculty, and programs. You have enabled us to deliver a premier music and dance education to our students and the Baltimore community. Each year, your support strengthens and enhances the educational experience we can offer our students. We renew our commitment to a Peabody experience through each of the five pillars; moreover, this moment in history reminds us especially of our commitment to diversity, and our responsibility to support an inclusive Peabody for all students, faculty, and staff. Thank you for helping Peabody continue to “break through” during this academic year.

By the Numbers





Your Gift in Action


LAUNCHPad career development grants, funded by philanthropic giving, enabled 45 Conservatory students and alumni to participate in competitions, festivals, and conferences.


Support made possible 70 full scholarships for Baltimore City youth through Tuned-In, including 22 new students. Fully 100% of Tuned-In students graduate from high school and go on to attend college or begin employment.

Concerts with Community Partners

In concert with community partners, Peabody held 39 concerts in 18 Baltimore neighborhoods.

Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys

The Preparatory's Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys celebrated its 10th year and continues to provide tuition-free training, as well as the cost of shoes, for boys that show raw talent and an interest in dance.


A total of $15.5 million in scholarships made dreams of studying at Peabody Conservatory a reality for 87% of students.

Peabody Children's Chorus

The Preparatory celebrated the 30th year of the Peabody Children’s Chorus with a campaign that raised over $23,000 to support student scholarships for many of the 520 children who sing with the chorus.

Amit Peled Studio Recording

Donors to Amit Peled’s studio enabled him and his students to make a recording of the Peled Cello Gang Experience and commission an arrangement of Bohmeian Rhapsody written specially for the group.

Baltimore-Washington Musical Pathways Initiative

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invested $1 million in Peabody to establish partnerships between Peabody, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra, the DC Youth Orchestra Program, and Levine Music to create the Baltimore-Washington Musical Pathways Initiative. The initiative aims to transform the field of classical music through the partner organizations’ sustained and combined efforts to support and serve young musicians from diverse backgrounds.


Total Enrollment
(Preparatory and Conservatory)

2,360 Preparatory
667 Conservatory


Conservatory Incoming Class
(1,350 students from 30 countries auditioned)

37 States
11 Countries

Student Awards

Mofan Lai was awarded the President’s Commendation for Achievement in the Arts


Conservatory Graduates

24 States
19 Countries

Visiting Artists

Midori, Violin
Vadim Gluzman, Violin
David Bilger, Trumpet


New Faculty

7 Conservatory
19 Preparatory

Master Classes

65 Conservatory
29 Preparatory



369 Conservatory

Interdisciplinary Experiences

Conservatory Students
taking classes at Homewood and other divisions



Peabody at Johns Hopkins Hospital

The Peabody Institute and Johns Hopkins Medicine continue their partnership to co-create site-specific arts programs in high-stress clinical environments. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the program has been redesigned for virtual delivery. Patients and staff may view performances on the CCTV station and host a musician visit on Zoom. Programs for healthcare providers include virtual movement/relaxation sessions with Peabody Dance faculty and live musical interludes during staff meetings.


Video Views
of the Conservatory’s first-ever virtual graduation ceremony


setting up the Preparatory and Conservatory for online instruction in the wake of COVID-19

An online platform hosting performance and instruction from Peabody faculty and students

28 Online Concerts
17 Educational Activities

Plan 2024
Approximately 90 faculty, staff, students, and volunteers served on 10 different workgroups to help develop the Breakthrough Plan 2024 between October and December.

Music Mode
Peabody shared guidelines for Zoom so non-talking sound could be delivered more accurately for online instruction.

Faculty bassoonist Brad Balliett, who teaches in Peabody’s Breakthrough Curriculum, is working with Musicambia at Sing Sing Prison to teach songwriting to incarcerated people.


in applications from students of color since 2015

in Conservatory student racial diversity since 2015


in Conservatory faculty racial diversity since 2017


in performances from African American guest artists since 2015

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce

Comprised of 22 faculty, staff, alumni, students, and volunteers, this Dean’s Taskforce convened three times last year to make recommendations for long term growth at Peabody as part of the strategic planning process for Breakthrough Plan 2024.

Community Connectivity

Community Concerts
18 Baltimore Neighborhoods
84 Students and Alumni

Baltimore Jazz Collective
Sean Jones, the Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair of Jazz Studies, co-founded this consortium, designed to create a dynamic cultural platform for regional artists of varied backgrounds, genres, and idioms to generate more opportunities to perform and create new works together.

Founder’s Week
Community Events
(44 hours of services)
17 Faculty & Staff Volunteers
500+ Meals Served

from Mt. Vernon Place Park
Bags of Trash Cleared
from Mt. Vernon Place Park