Mission Statement

The Peabody String Sinfonia is a student-led, conductor-less string orchestra whose mission is to bring healing and beauty to people in our Baltimore community who are in challenging situations or in places where they cannot easily gain access to live music, including cancer treatment, incarceration, homelessness, hospitalization, addiction, and hunger. Our members are students and alumni of the Peabody Conservatory of Music who volunteer their time for this project. 

We value connection and kinship most of all. We bring music where life is and our audience members bring life to the ensemble. This is a chance for students to experience connection with each other and our audiences and to enhance our appreciation of what it means to be a musician in the larger world beyond the conservatory and concert hall. The Peabody String Sinfonia is truly all about the music and our focus is on bringing the most beautiful string ensemble repertoire, prepared and performed at the highest level, to these communities.

Covid Update

We look forward to making music and connecting with you even as COVID-19 continues to affect our everyday lives. Last year, Sinfonia was successful in reaching audiences through virtual concerts. As things continue to change, we will stay flexible and creative in supporting our community during the 2021-22 academic year.

During this time, our first priority is safety. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these changes. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.


Hayley and Rose

Eligibility and Requirements

Current Peabody students who are sophomores or older, as well as alumni, are eligible.

Audition Instructions and Timeline

All applicants are required to submit an application by September 10th, 11:59 PM (ET) using the Google form linked here.

Please note that recordings are required on this form as YouTube links. The audition tapes do not need to be in a single video. The audition requirements are:

  1. One solo piece
  2. Two excerpts OR a contrasting solo piece

In addition, please select three out of the five prescribed questions to answer in a video. Please submit one video for all three questions. You may stitch videos together into a single video for submission. The questions are:

  1. What has been your experience with community outreach work?
  2. What do you think you would bring to this ensemble?
  3. What do you think makes a good leader, musically or otherwise?
  4. How do you think this will differ from orchestra? What about a conductor-less string ensemble makes you excited?
  5. What do you think are important qualities to becoming a member of Sinfonia?