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The Breakthrough Curriculum provides curated opportunities for qualified students seeking deeper immersion in community-based projects. These short- and long-term residencies and fellowships, available to students who have successfully completed the prerequisite Breakthrough Curriculum coursework, require a competitive application process.

Examples of current residency and fellowship opportunities include:

Arts in Health Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital
February 22 Deadline - Paid (Hourly)

The Arts in Health Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital is a competitive, paid program that trains student leaders in the curation and execution of arts in health performances as a member of a growing Arts in Health team.

Creative Access Fellowship
Paused for Spring 2021 - Paid (Hourly)

The Creative Access Fellowship is a competitive, paid program that trains student leaders in community partnership development and the curation and execution of interactive performances. The CA Fellows work to support students looking for volunteer performance opportunities in the community through the Creative Access program.

Inspired Aging Fellowship
February 22 Deadline - Paid (Hourly)

The Inspired Aging Fellowship is a competitive, paid training program for graduate and undergraduate students who seek to develop their interest and skills in artistic enrichment in the lives of older adults.

February 22 Deadline - Paid (Stipend)

InterPlay, a joint venture of the Peabody Institute and University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), connects Peabody graduate students with UMBC undergraduate music majors for their mutual benefit.

Music for a While
Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis - Volunteer

Fall training begins Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Music for a While is an unpaid performance opportunity for musicians who wish to develop skills in incorporating their artistry into the healthcare environment at Johns Hopkins Medicine, either onsite in public lobbies or through virtual program delivery.

Musician-in-Residence Program
February 22 Deadline - Paid (Stipend)

Peabody's Musician-in-Residence program places Conservatory students in area senior living facilities.

Peabody at the Library
February 22 Deadline - Paid (Stipend)

Peabody students work together with Baltimore City Library Light Street Branch to prepare and present fun, family-friendly concerts for the community.

Peabody at the Walters
Winter Deadline - Volunteer

The Walters Art Museum offers a variety of interdisciplinary, education, and other performance opportunities for Peabody students.

Peabody String Sinfonia
Fall & Winter Deadline - Volunteer

The Peabody String Sinfonia is a student-run, conductorless string orchestra whose mission is to bring healing and beauty to people in our Baltimore community who are in challenging situations.

Penn Station Rush Hour Series
Paused for Spring 2021 - Paid (Stipend)

Peabody students serve as ambassadors for the city of Baltimore, welcoming in and seeing off travelers as they perform in the hall of Baltimore’s historic Penn Station during the height of rush hour on select Friday afternoons.

Sensory Friendly Performance Project
Paused for Spring 2021 - Paid (Stipend)

In collaboration with The Musical Autist, Peabody’s Sensory Friendly Performance Project provides a pre-formed undergraduate or graduate Conservatory chamber ensemble with the opportunity to plan, rehearse and execute an interactive performance experience which is fully accessible to those on the autism spectrum.

Sound Rounds
Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis - Paid (Stipend)

Peabody’s Sound Rounds program brings musical services to patients’ bedsides at Johns Hopkins Hospital to provide comfort and companionship through music.

Young Artist Development Series
February 22 Deadline - Paid (Stipend)

This weeklong fellowship in collaboration with El Paso Pro Musica provides an intensive, real-world training experience for performing musicians.

As a student at the Peabody Conservatory, you will develop the real-life skills of an artist by making your art in real-life settings. In addition to traditional performances in our concert halls, you will be able to practice programming, partnership, and production skills and shape your personal artistic vision through a variety of for-credit courses, volunteer extra-curricular activities, and targeted teaching and performance opportunities in different community settings.

Examples of community-based learning opportunities include:


Peabody harpists bring the harp and harp lessons into Baltimore-area schools.

Junior Bach

Peabody composition students volunteer to teach weekly one-on-one composition lessons in local schools.

Opera Outreach

Interactive opera performances are staged in schools all across Maryland.