Peabody is at the heart of a thriving cultural and educational community—in the Mount Vernon neighborhood, across Baltimore, and through our affiliation with Johns Hopkins University.
Much of your daily life as a student will center around our Mount Vernon campus, which occupies an entire city block in the cultural center of Baltimore. Nearly 1,000 performances take place each year in our six performance halls, which range from the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, Peabody’s main concert hall and one of the oldest in the country, to the Centre Street Performance Studio, an intimate space equipped with state-of-the-art technology to support student-led programming. Fully-furnished, air-conditioned residence halls accommodate 165 students when they’re not in one of many classrooms, practice rooms, or the extensive collections of the Arthur Friedheim Library. Public spaces including a student lounge area, technology center, dining hall, Maestro’s Café, and a central outdoor plaza foster a sense of community.
Just off campus, the thriving neighborhood of Mount Vernon is home to many of Baltimore’s cultural icons, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the Lyric Baltimore, the Walters Art Museum, Center Stage, and the Maryland Center for History and Culture. Tree-lined parks and plentiful cafes and restaurants welcome the students, artists, professionals, and families who call Mount Vernon home.
Your opportunities to both enjoy and perform great music extend beyond campus to Baltimore’s many live music venues and professional contemporary, chamber, and jazz performance series. A number of grassroots classical ensembles taking root in the city – many of them led by Peabody students and alumni – are forging new connections with diverse local audiences.
Baltimore also provides the setting for a growing variety of residencies, fellowships, curated programming, and pop-up concerts which embody the Breakthrough Curriculum’s emphasis on community-based learning experiences.
The Peabody Institute is a division of The Johns Hopkins University, which U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks among America’s top ten research universities. This affiliation means that as a Peabody student, you will have access to an expansive curriculum across the liberal arts and sciences – including a prestigious double degree program – as well a host of university-wide resources, opportunities, and activities. A Peabody degree is a Johns Hopkins University degree, and carries with it the same assumption of excellence.