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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:

Creative Access Fellowship
Fall Deadline - Paid (Stipend)

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.

Peabody at the Library
Fall Deadline - Paid (Stipend)

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

Peabody Musical Storytelling at the Enoch Pratt Children's Library
Fall Deadline - Paid (Stipend)

Peabody soloists or small ensembles create and perform a musical storytelling project in collaboration with Peabody faculty and the Enoch Pratt Central Children’s Library.

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
Fall & Winter Deadline - 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.

Creative Access Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital
Winter Deadline - Paid (Stipend)

The Creative Access 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.

Winter 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.

Musician-in-Residence Program
Winter Deadline - Paid (Stipend)

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

Peabody at the Walters
Winter Deadline - Volunteer

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

Sensory Friendly Performance Project
Winter Deadline - 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
Application Calls Posted as Needed - 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
Winter Deadline - Paid (Stipend)

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

Music Connects Series at the Johns Hopkins Hospital

Music Connects is an informal concert series in Chevy Chase Auditorium at Johns Hopkins Hospital which presents four lunchtime concerts per year to provide respite and engaging entertainment for medical faculty and staff.

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.