Peabody Johns Hopkins University Magazine

Vol. 10, No. 1 – Fall 2015

Vol. 10, No. 1 – Fall 2015

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Headshot of Marin Alsop


Maestra Marin Alsop, an inspiring and powerful leader in the international music scene, has been appointed to lead the graduate conducting program at Peabody.

Headshot of Courtney Orlando


When Courtney Orlando came to the Peabody Institute in 2004 to teach ear training and sight singing, some students and faculty members approached her about having contemporary classical music at the Conservatory.

Doreen Falby directed the Peabody Children’s Chorus in the noon mass at Stephansdom in Vienna this July.


This summer, the hills were alive with the sound of music once again as the Peabody Children’s Chorus traveled to Austria and Germany on a whirlwind 11-day tour.

Headshot of Kevin Puts and Marin Alsop

First major-label release for peabody

The music of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer and Peabody Conservatory faculty artist Kevin Puts will be featured on a new recording by the Peabody Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and conductor Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and director of Peabody’s graduate conducting program.

Headshot of Sarah Hoover

Peabody Welcomes Two New Executives

Walking into the arcade of the Peabody Institute last summer and seeing that “beautiful staircase again” was a magical moment for Sarah Hoover. “It’s so wonderful to be back,” she says. “I feel like I’ve come home.”

Street Scene

Unique Opera Series Celebrates Five Years

In its fifth year, the Peabody at the Lyric series will present the ground-breaking American opera Street Scene in November at the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric.

Alumni and their guests from as far back as the class of 1951 came together in September for a reunion of organ alumni

Pulling out all the stops

This fall, alumni organists from across the region and around the world gathered together to perform and reconnect.

Headshot of Jari Villanueva

the man for 'taps'

It’s a simple song, just 24 notes, one that Jari Villanueva has performed publicly thousands of times. Still, it never fails to move him deeply.

A boost for undergraduate scholarships

Laifun Chung and Ted Kotcheff, parents of alumnus Thomas Kotcheff (BM ’10, Piano) have established a $3 million bequest for undergraduate scholarships at Peabody.

Update on the dean's breakthrough plan

Barely a year after Dean Fred Bronstein launched his ambitious Breakthrough Plan, Peabody has not only met the plan’s $2.5 million fund- raising goal — it has exceeded it.