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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:

Accessible Concert Hall Project
February 22 Deadline - Paid (Stipend)

The Accessible Concert Hall Project is a paid training opportunity for students and alumni to practice crafting and delivering an online, interactive and engaging concert program that’s accessible to neurotypical and neurodivergent children and their families.

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. CA Fellows support students looking for volunteer performance opportunities in the community.

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 artistic enrichment in the lives of senior citizens.

February 22 Deadline - Paid (Stipend)

InterPlay, a joint venture of the Peabody Institute and University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), connects Peabody graduates with UMBC undergraduates for their mutual benefit.

Music for a While
Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis - Volunteer

Music for a While is an unpaid performance opportunity for musicians who wish to incorporate 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 local senior living facilities.

Peabody at the Library
March 10 Deadline - Paid (Stipend)

Students work with the 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, educational, 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 who strive to bring healing and beauty to struggling communities within Baltimore.

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

Students serve as ambassadors for the city of Baltimore, welcoming 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 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 intensive, real-world training experience for performing musicians.

As a student at Peabody, you will develop the skills of a professional artist by making your art in real-life settings. Along with traditional performances in our concert halls, you can practice program, partnership, and production skills while shaping your artistic vision through a variety of courses, extracurricular 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.