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Below are details for the 2020 Backstage Live orientation programming. All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time. Zoom links will be made available prior to each session, and recorded sessions will be posted here for later review.

Dates and times are subject to change. If you have any questions, please reach out to peabodybackstage@jhu.edu.

Orientation Overview

Friday, August 21 Wednesday, August 26
Saturday, August 22 Thursday, August 27
Sunday, August 23 Friday, August 28
Monday, August 24 Saturday, August 29
Tuesday, August 25 Upcoming Dates

Family Orientation
Family members are invited to join us for Family Orientation on Sunday, August 23 from 10:15am-2pm and 5pm-8pm. A more detailed schedule can be found here. Please be aware that some programming on this day is aimed at students, but we are excited to get to know our Peabody family members better!

Additional Events for BFA Dance Students
Click here to view additional scheduled events for BFA Dance students.

Additional Resources
The Backstage team has purposely left the earlier parts of the day open to allow students the opportunity to complete other new student tasks, including completing required trainings and connecting with other Peabody offices. The Office of Student Affairs will have open office hours Monday, August 25-Friday, August 28 from 10am-12pm and you can join us here!

Friday, August 21

8:00pm-9:00pm Backstage Life Kick-Off Join Backstage staff to kick off the Backstage Live experience  
9:00pm-10:00pm Cohort Meeting Students meet with cohort leaders to learn more about what to expect from orientation Zoom link provided by your OL

Saturday, August 22

10:00am-10:30am Dean’s Welcome with Dean Fred Bronstein Join Dean Bronstein as he welcomes new students to Peabody  
10:30am-11:00am Peabody General Assembly Welcome with PGA President, Layan Atieh Layan Atieh welcomes new students on behalf of the Peabody General Assembly  
11:00am-2:00pm Virtual Resource Fair Visit with various campus offices to learn more about what they can offer students

 

2:00pm-3:30pm Peak Performance Fundamentals

Why Health Matters for Performing Artists

Peabody faculty artists and staff join a panel discussion moderated by Dean Bronstein addressing the impacts of performance-related injury and illness on individual performance careers, arts organizations, and teaching and learning.

 
3:30pm-4:00pm Break

Take this opportunity for a technology break!

 
4:00pm-5:00pm Residence Life Introductions & Virtual Neighborhood Get to know Residence Life and learn more about the planned Virtual Neighborhood  
5:00pm-7:00pm Break Take some time for a meal and technology break!  
7:00pm-8:00pm Student Panel for Undergraduate Students Undergraduate students are invited to join returning undergrads to ask about their experience as Peabody students  
7:00pm-8:00pm Student Panel for Graduate Students Graduate students are invited to join returning grads to ask about their experience as Peabody Students  
8:00pm-9:00pm Social Program with Community Fellows Speed Dating:

Want to meet people but not sure where to start?  Come to our (platonic) speed dating event, and learn a lot about others in a short amount of time.
Planned and executed by CFs Lara Villanueva and George Jennings

Peabody Escape Room!

You’ve been trapped by Hopkins Blue Jay evil twin Gray! Solve the puzzles with your team to escape! (Prizes for the first place team)
Planned and executed by CFs Merrick Ohata and Rush Johnston

Game Night

Drop in, introduce yourself with a doodle on a shared virtual canvas, & get to know your classmates over an online game or two! Including classics like skribbl.io and Scattergories, and collaboration games like Spyfall and Town of Salem. 
Planned and executed by CFs Mika Judge and Sebastian Salazar

Backstage Scavenger Hunt

Join CFs Noelia and Alex in a virtual scavenger hunt! We’ll be playing plenty of rounds, so come and go as you please! 
Planned and executed by CFs Noelia Montiel and Alex Kropp

 

Sunday, August 23

Family Orientation Program
10:15am-2pm and 5pm-8pm

10:15am-11:00am

Welcome from Student Affairs & Schedule Overview Family Orientation attendees are invited to join Student Affairs staff for an overview of the Family Orientation Schedule  
11:00am-12:00pm The Business of Being a Student Join the Registrar’s Office, Office of Financial Aid, and Business Office to learn more about the business of being a student  
12:00pm-1:00pm BYO Lunch with Student Affairs Staff Join Student Affairs for lunch and an opportunity to get to know our staff!  
1:00pm-2:00pm Student Panel Q&A for Family Orientation Attendees Family orientation attendees are invited to join current Peabody students for a chance to ask about their student experience  
2:00pm-2:30pm Break Take this opportunity for a brief technology break!  
2:30pm-4:30pm Peak Performance Fundamentals

Various sessions scheduled; please check blackboard.jhu.edu

Links in Blackboard
5:00pm-6:00pm Partnering with Peabody to Support Your Student Join Student Affairs and other campus partners to learn how to support your new college student during this semester of online learning  
7:00pm-8:00pm Welcome for Parents from Dean Bronstein and Family Networking Event Family orientation attendees are invited to join Dean Bronstein as he welcomes them to the Peabody community  
7:00pm-8:30pm Playfair

In Playfair Online, new students meet each other in many different ways—as the entire entering class gathers together, and in many fast-moving breakout rooms. New students engage in challenges as they play games that bring them closer together.

In Playfair Online new students discover the many things they have in common as they work together in ever-changing team building events.

 

Monday, August 24

1:00pm-1:30pm Orientation Leader (OL) Cohort Meeting Daily check-in with your Orientation Leader to discuss what to expect for the day ahead Zoom link provided by your OL
1:30pm-3:00pm Thriving at JHU & Peabody 101 Learn more about the resources available to you as a Peabody and JHU student  
3:00pm-3:30pm Break Take this opportunity to have a technology break!  
3:30pm-5:00pm Peak Performance Fundamentals Various sessions scheduled; please check blackboard.jhu.edu Links in Blackboard
5:00pm-7:00pm Break Take this opportunity to have a technology break!  
7:00pm-8:00pm OL Cohort Meeting Daily wrap-up meeting with your Orientation Leader Zoom link provided by your OL
8:00pm-9:00pm Social Program with Cohort Group Join your cohort group for an opportunity to socialize and get to know each other better! Zoom link provided by your OL

Tuesday, August 25

1:00pm-1:30pm OL Cohort Meeting Daily check-in with your Orientation Leader to discuss what to expect for the day ahead Zoom link provided by your OL
1:30pm-3:00pm Just the Facts – Facilitation and Discussion

Just the FACTS’ interactive delivery creates a comfortable environment for participants to engage in meaningful experiential learning. In under 90 minutes, participants will simulate, discuss, and unpack the structural limitations and advantages that coincide with various intersecting identities. ​

Just the FACTS is played with eight characters that belong to the following racial groups: Asian, White, African American, and Hispanic.  There are male and female characters, LGBTQ characters, Muslim, and Jewish characters. Each character encounters a series of fact based advantages and limitations based on the intersection of their race, gender, sexual orientation, faith, class, age, and ability.

​Participants select a character that differs from how they identify and are then engaged in a facilitated conversation that includes but is not limited to: racial, gender, religious, and sexual orientation discrimination, gender and racial pay gaps, redlining and gentrification, median income averages by race and gender, (mental) health disparities, prison and bail disparities, (dis)ability, education inequity, ageism and intersectionality. 

Just the FACTS evokes empathy, increases cultural competence, & enhances self-awareness.

 

3:00pm-3:30pm Break Take this opportunity to have a technology break!  
3:30pm-5:00pm Peak Performance Fundamentals Various sessions scheduled; please check blackboard.jhu.edu Links in Blackboard
5:00pm-7:00pm Break Take this opportunity to have a technology break!  
7:00pm-8:00pm OL Cohort Meeting Daily wrap-up meeting with your Orientation Leader Zoom link provided by your OL
8:00pm-9:00pm Social Program with Cohort Group Join your cohort group for an opportunity to socialize and get to know each other better! Zoom link provided by your OL

Wednesday, August 26

1:00pm-1:30pm OL Cohort Meeting Daily check-in with your Orientation Leader to discuss what to expect for the day ahead Zoom link provided by your OL
1:30pm-2:15pm LAUNCHPad for Undergraduate Students Undergraduate students are invited to join LAUNCHPad to learn about career counseling offerings  
2:15pm-3:00pm LAUNCHPad for Graduate Students Graduate students are invited to join LAUNCHPad to learn about career counseling offerings  
3:00pm-3:30pm Break Take this opportunity to have a technology break!  
3:30pm-5:00pm Peak Performance Fundamentals

Hearing Health

This session will inform musicians on how we hear and the impact of exposure to loud sounds on hearing. We will discuss practical applications to maintain hearing wellness for a lifetime of music making.

Join Here
5:00pm-7:00pm Break Take this opportunity to have a technology break!  
7:00pm-8:00pm OL Cohort Meeting Daily wrap-up meeting with your Orientation Leader Zoom link provided by your OL
8:00pm-9:00pm Social Program with Cohort Group Join your cohort group for an opportunity to socialize and get to know each other better! Zoom link provided by your OL

Thursday, August 27

1:00pm-1:30pm OL Cohort Meeting Daily check-in with your Orientation Leader to discuss what to expect for the day ahead Zoom link provided by your OL
1:30pm-3:00pm Sexual Assault Prevention Keynote

Using powerful stories grounded in personal experiences, Tim Mousseau uses his passion and vulnerability to guide conversations that will leave students inspired to combat sexual violence, redefine masculinity, and provoke change.

Content Warning: The content and discussion in this session will engage with the topic of sexual assault and the survivor recovery process.  If you feel the need to step outside of the zoom space, either for a short time or longer please do, however, please know that the presenter will do their best to make this a space where we can engage bravely, empathetically and thoughtfully with difficult content.

Students will leave feeling prepared to create a culture of compassion while realistically facing an issue prevalent on campuses across the country.

Session Recording

3:00pm-3:30pm Break Take this opportunity to have a technology break!  
3:30pm-5:00pm Peak Performance Fundamentals

Mindfulness and Self Regulation Skills for Peak Performance

This session will introduce the practice of mindfulness and key skills for regulating energy levels to meet practicing and performance demands.

 
5:00pm-7:00pm Break Take this opportunity to have a technology break!  
7:00pm-8:00pm OL Cohort Meeting Daily wrap-up meeting with your Orientation Leader Zoom link provided by your OL
8:00pm-9:00pm Social Program with Cohort Group Join your cohort group for an opportunity to socialize and get to know each other better! Zoom link provided by your OL

Friday, August 28

1:00pm-1:30pm OL Cohort Meeting Daily check-in with your Orientation Leader to discuss what to expect for the day ahead Zoom link provided by your OL
1:30pm-2:30pm Presentation from Office of Institutional Equity Learn more about the Office of Institutional Equity  
2:30pm-3:00pm Break Take this opportunity to have a technology break!  
3:00pm-4:00pm Thriving in an Online Environment Join members of the Information Technology team to learn how to effectively work in an online environment  
4:00pm-5:00pm Peak Performance Fundamentals

Your Voice: How it Works, What Can Go Wrong, and What to Do if it Does (Singers only)

Dr. Lee Akst, Director of the Johns Hopkins Voice Center, will speak on how vocal cords work to produce sound, and on common vocal cord injuries leading to hoarseness. He believes that all singers should know how their instrument works, and should know what do if they find that their voice is not functioning properly.

Link in Blackboard
5:00pm-7:00pm Break Take this opportunity to have a technology break!  
7:00pm-8:00pm OL Cohort Meeting Daily wrap-up meeting with your Orientation Leader Zoom link provided by your OL
8:00pm-9:00pm Social Program with Cohort Group Join your cohort group for an opportunity to socialize and get to know each other better! Zoom link provided by your OL

Saturday, August 29

All Day Beyond the Gates Explore the H.P. Rawlings Conservatory Join Here
All Day Beyond the Gates Explore Baltimore history with Baltimore Heritage Join Here
All Day Beyond the Gates Google Virtual Museums

The Walters Art Museum

The Baltimore Museum of Art

All Day Beyond the Gates Virtually visit the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore! Join Here
All Day Beyond the Gates Virtually visit the National Aquarium Join Here
All Day Beyond the Gates HopkinsVotes – Learn more about being engaged in the democratic process! Join Here
8:00pm-9:00pm Charm City Trivia Join Charm City Trivia for a virtual trivia night Join Here

Sunday, August 30

No programming – day before classes start!

Monday, August 31

Classes and lessons begin!

Be on the lookout for these events during the first few weeks of classes!

September 2 Convocation Official kick-off to the academic year  
September 4 Peabody Online Swag Store Closes  
September 4 11:00am-1:00pm Student Engagement Fair  
September 11 5:00pm-7:00pm Student Engagement Fair