Peabody Johns Hopkins University Magazine

Student Spotlight

by Sarah Achenbach Jasmine Pigott carries a lot of firsts. She is on track to be the first Black female tuba player worldwide to earn a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. She’s produced the first EP of original tuba music in Black music styles composed and performed by Black tuba

The Navajo Nation radio station in Tuba City, Arizona, can take credit for most of undergraduate composition major Michael Begay’s musical roots. Growing up on the reservation, he soaked in the station’s rock, blues, oldies, and country music. Sundays meant gathering with his parents and older brothers to listen to

Kaylin Liu started rehearsing for the Peabody Conservatory’s Marbury Competition for Undergraduate Violinists in October. It requires entrants to prepare two rounds of repertoire—a preliminary one featuring any work(s) totaling no more than 15 minutes to showcase technical command and artistry, and a final one featuring a concert-length program of

Kaijeh Johnson, a senior Vocal Performance and Music Education double major, loves being at the confluence of his three passions: performance, education, and activism. Johnson is president of the Black Student Union and diversity and inclusion co-chair for the Peabody General Assembly. Now, as the winner of a $5,000 Peabody