Peabody at the Shelter presents monthly interactive performances featuring conservatory students at Helping Up Mission (HUM), a Baltimore-based addiction recovery program and shelter for unhoused individuals.  The program provides a safe space for conservatory students to learn how to use their art as a positive creative health intervention in their communities. Each Peabody at the Shelter performance is about one hour in length and is scheduled according to HUM needs and facility availability. Each performer is offered a $125 stipend for their performance. 

Peabody at the Shelter was founded in 2023 by student and classical pianist, Taylor Wang, as a Launch Grant winning project. The award funded five monthly performances featuring conservatory students at HUM from November 2023-April 2024. The program was developed in collaboration with Cris Flack, Grants Coordinator and Director of the HUM Band and Choir; and with mentorship from Khandeya Sheppard, Manager of Community Partnerships. In Spring 2024, the project also won a Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute Baltimore Health Equity Impact Grant.


  • Participate in orientation sessions with HUM staff, Peabody staff, and professional musicians 
  • Participate in community engagement meetings and/or coaching sessions as needed 
  • Secure and provide their own instrument, stand, music, and amplification (if necessary) for performances 
  • Confirm transportation needs to and from the venue (personal or public transport, Hopkins shuttle bus, Hop Van, Lyft, etc.) 
  • Arrive at scheduled dress rehearsal / performance time for check-in and set up 
  • Prepare and deliver a Peabody approved concert program at HUM on designated dates and times 

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Instrumental and vocal students in their sophomore year or beyond are eligible to apply.
  • Open to soloists and ensembles (duos/trios/quartets)
  • *Players must adhere to JHU and partner guidelines, especially masking policies.

Application Instructions and Timeline

  • Applications Open: Monday, April 1, 2024 
  • Application Deadline: Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 11:59pm 
  • Apply via SMILE
  • Applications will be reviewed and follow-up meetings, if necessary, will be scheduled. Applicants that advance may be asked to provide supplemental information (e.g. proposed repertoire, etc.). 
  • Acceptance notifications will be made starting July 1

Application Requirements

  • The entire application should be submitted entirely though SMILE
  • Submit your resume/CV
  • Include the following materials in a single PDF document with links to the following items: 
    • Brief biography describing your instrument(s)/areas of study and any ensembles you perform with
    • Contact information for your studio teacher
    • A proposed program (45 min)
    • A statement about why you are interested in the program
    • A statement about any relevant past experience
    • Links to work samples, if available/relevant

If you have any questions or need help creating any of these documents, please feel free to visit LAUNCHPad or contact us at [email protected].