The Penn Station Rush Hour Series features Peabody student musicians during the Friday rush hour at Penn Station. Students perform three sets over the course of two hours in the main Penn Station lobby. Selections by musical ensembles can range from classical to jazz to popular tunes. Each performer is offered a $250 stipend for their performance. 


  • 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 
  • Arrange and fund their own transportation to and from the venue (personal or public transport, Hopkins shuttle bus, Hop Van, Lyft, etc.) 
  • Arrive 15-30 minutes prior to scheduled performance time for check-in and set up 
  • Prepare and deliver a Peabody approved, two-hour concert program on designated dates and times

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Trios and quartets with members in their third and fourth year of undergraduate study and all graduate students may apply. Jazz ensembles are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Ensemble members will serve as representatives of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and must be prepared to speak with audience members and answer any questions they may have.

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 in the month between June-July. 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 Application should be submitted entirely through 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].