Peabody at the Walters features Peabody student performers at the Walters Art Museum. Performers craft interactive programs for Sketching Sessions, a free public program hosted in museum spaces. Performers are paid $200 for solo performers and $400 for duos/ensembles.

Note: On occasion, there may be opportunity for other paid/volunteer performances that reference art on display at the museum and encourage listeners to engage with the art around them.


  • 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 
  • Prepare and deliver a Walters-approved, 45-90 minute performance 
  • Attend a walk-through of space, communicate all equipment needs, and schedule dress rehearsal and other details as necessary with The Walters 
  • Submit bio, names, relevant images for performers to The Walters 
  • Submit final program and a description of performance and its relation to The Walters  
  • Submit any additional handouts or other didactic materials for public consumption for review  


  • Soloists and duos/ensembles at all levels of study (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral) are eligible to apply.
  • Musicians must have experience performing for an audience to provide background music for the duration of the program.
  • Performers will be selected from the following: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Keyboard* (*There is no piano at the Walters)

Application Instructions and Timeline

  • Applications Open: Monday, April 1, 2024
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 1, 2024
  • Apply via SMILE
  • Applications will be reviewed and follow-up meetings, if necessary, will be scheduled 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 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
    • A proposed program: 45 min – soloists or 90 min – ensembles, including plan for breaks (15 min breaks)
    • with (4-6 sentences maximum)
    • Contact information for your studio teacher
    • A statement about why you are interested in the program
    • A statement about any relevant past experience
    • Links to work samples

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].