The Peabody Preparatory, the greater Baltimore region’s premier community school for the performing arts for more than a century, will add a new Frederick, Maryland, campus in Fall 2023. In partnership with the YMCA of Frederick County, Peabody teachers will offer private lessons in violin, viola, cello, guitar, and piano at the Y Arts Center located in downtown Frederick, for students of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels.
“The performing arts scene in Frederick is vibrant and growing,” noted Maria Mathieson, executive director of the Peabody Preparatory. “From beginner-level instruction to professional performance series, the community’s interest in the musical arts is clear. We’re thrilled to partner with the YMCA of Frederick County to further enhance local offerings and provide the highest level of artistic training to string students in Frederick and the surrounding area.”
The Y Arts Center at 115 East Church Street is a 20,000 square-foot hub for creativity in the heart of downtown Frederick. Significant renovations to the lower level have added several private studio spaces, an office/work space, and a family waiting area to enhance music instruction in the building.
“True to the Y mission, music leads to a healthier youth in body, mind and spirit. It requires the body and mind to work together and brings everyone, not just the performer, joy! We welcome Peabody Preparatory, and are excited to bring these programs to Frederick to round out our Arts & Humanities programming at the Y Arts Center,” says Chris Colville, CEO & President at the YMCA of Frederick County.
Inquiries are now being accepted for weekly lessons beginning in September for both children and adults. Students receive 32 lessons over the course of the academic year and will have the opportunity to perform in repertoire classes and recitals as well as broader Peabody Preparatory school wide programs.
With multiple campus locations in Baltimore, Towson, Annapolis, and Howard County, the Peabody Preparatory currently serves about 2,000 students with private lessons, group classes, and structured programs in instrumental, vocal, and dance instruction. Since its founding in 1894, the Preparatory has served as a model for community arts engagement for institutions across the country. Many Preparatory students study for personal enrichment and a love of the arts; others go on to the world’s most prestigious conservatories. Alumni of the Preparatory include violinist Hilary Hahn, jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut, and pop singer Tori Amos.