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Velvet Brown grew up playing soprano bugle in a street band in Annapolis, Maryland, part of a family tradition. Her father played in a brass street band, and her grandfather drummed in a segregated U.S. Navy big band in the 1920s and founded a street band after serving in the

by Bret McCabe This week’s Talea Ensemble residency concerts debut new works by Felipe Lara and five student composers. Ten minutes into the Peabody faculty composer Felipe Lara’s Double Concerto, soloist Esperanza Spalding raises her left hand from her bass’ strings and places a vertical index finger in front of

Soprano Ah Young Hong can’t gush enough about the Peabody Institute’s new low-latency music studios, created to improve the teaching and learning experience for vocalists during COVID-19. “These rooms changed everything for me,” says Hong, associate professor of voice. In these rooms, portrait-oriented monitors, microphones, and speakers replace rehearsal studios’

The new low-latency studios for voice lessons are just one of many extensive adaptations and updates undertaken to prepare for a spring semester of hybrid instruction at the Peabody Institute. From housing and dining to academics to important new COVID-19 testing protocols, virtually every aspect of life at Peabody has

In mid-December, Johns Hopkins officials shared a difficult revelation with the Johns Hopkins community: newly discovered records showing that Johns Hopkins, the institution’s founder and namesake, held enslaved people in his home during the mid-1800s. The documents, including census records and corroborating materials, contradict previous accounts of Hopkins as an

When Doreen Falby, a native of Scotland, moved to Maryland in 1989, her sons wanted to be in a children’s chorus. So, she started one — in September 1990 in Columbia, Maryland, with 21 singers. By the second year, she had more than 200 students. Today, some three decades later,