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The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University is a conservatory and preparatory school located in the Mount Vernon-Belvedere neighborhood of northern Baltimore, Maryland facing the Washington Monument circle at the corner of North Charles and East Monument Streets (also known as Mount Vernon Place and Washington Place).
Founded in 1857 by philanthropist George Peabody (1795-1869), it is the second-oldest continuously operating conservatory in the United States, next to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio. Completion of the Grecian-Italian building housing the Institute, designed by Edmund George Lind, was delayed until 1866 due to the Civil War. Under the direction of well-known musicians, composers, conductors, and Peabody alumni, the Institute grew from a local academy into an internationally-renowned cultural center through the late 19th and the 20th centuries.
Since 1985, the institute has operated as a division of The Johns Hopkins University, which was founded in 1876, by the will of local merchant Johns Hopkins (1795-1873). Prior to being granted divisional status, Peabody and Hopkins worked together under an affiliation agreement (1978 to 1985).
Peabody is one of 156 schools in the United States that offer a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree. It houses two libraries: the historical George Peabody Library established when the institute opened in 1866, and the Arthur Friedheim Library, a music library that includes more than 100,000 books, scores, and sound recordings.
Peabody Children's Chorus 
The Peabody Children's chorus is for children ages 6–18. It is divided into three groups: Training Choir, Choristers, and Cantate, grouped by age in ascending order. They practice weekly in Towson or Columbia, Maryland, and sing in concerts biannually under the instruction of Doreen Falby, Bradley Permenter, and Julia Sherriff. Cantate, ages 12–18, frequently perform with other groups, such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and have toured both regionally and internationally.
Notable attendees 
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- Tori Amos — (Prep.) American-born pianist
- Dominick Argento — Composer of lyric opera and choral music.
- Alicia Berneche -- Opera singer
- Carter Brey - Principal cellist, New York Philharmonic.
- Richard Cassilly (1927-1998) — Tenor
- Angelin Chang — Grammy-award winning classical pianist
- Martha Clarke — (Prep.) Choreographer and dance director.
- Richard Wayne Dirksen (1921-2003) — Organist-choirmaster at the Washington National Cathedral
- Joshua Fineberg - American composer.
- Virgil Fox (1912-1980) — Concert organist and recording artist.
- Philip Glass — (Prep.) Composer of opera and contemporary music.
- Hilary Hahn - (Prep.) Violinist.
- Ronn McFarlane - Lutenist, Baroque and Renaissance music interpreter
- Michael Hedges (1953-1997) - Composer, Grammy Award-winning (1998) guitarist.
- Michael Hersch — American composer.
- Kevin Kenner — American-born pianist, winner of top prize in International Chopin Competition, bronze in International Tchaikovsky Competition.
- Custer LaRue - American soprano, specialist in music of the Renaissance and vocal soloist of the Baltimore Consort
- Ellis Larkins (1923-2002) — American jazz pianist. First African-American to attend the conservatory.
- James Morris — Wagnerian baritone, Grammy winner and performer with Metropolitan Opera.
- Mem Nahadr — (Prep.) Performance Artist, pianist and singer-songwriter. Attended from age ten to fourteen.
- Tommy Newsom (1929-2007) — Saxophonist for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
- Awadagin Pratt — Concert pianist, violinist and conductor, winner of Walter W. Naumburg Foundation Competition.
- Lillian Smith (1897–1966) — Author and social critic (two enrollments, no degree)
- David Spelman – Founder and Artistic Director of New York Guitar Festival, music supervisor in the film industry.
- John Charles Thomas (1891-1960) - Opera and concert baritone and member of the Metropolitan Opera company in the 1930s and '40s.
- André Watts — Concert pianist, Grammy winner and professor at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.
- Paul Wells (1888-1927), concert pianist
- Hugh Wolff - Conductor, currently on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music.
- Charles A. Zimmerman (1861–1916) - Bandmaster at US Naval Academy 1887 to 1916, composer of Anchors Aweigh.
Notable faculty 
- Diran Alexanian, cello
- Manuel Barrueco, guitar
- Garnett Bruce, opera
- Elliott Carter (1946–48), composition
- Jay Clayton, jazz
- David Fedderly, tuba
- Leon Fleisher, piano
- Asger Hamerik, Director 1871-1898
- Michael Hersch, composition
- Ingrid Jensen, jazz/trumpet
- Nicholas Maw (1935–2009), composition
- Anthony McGill, clarinet
- Gustav Meier, conducting
- Edward Palanker, clarinet
- Marina Piccinini, flute
- Kevin Puts, composition
- John Shirley-Quirk, voice
- Robert van Sice, percussion
- Barry Tuckwell, horn
- Frank Valentino, voice
- John Walker, organ
See also 
- Wierzalis, Bill and Koontz, John P., Images of America: Mount Vernon Place (2006) p. 60-61. Arcadia Publishing ISBN 0-7385-4238-5
- Holland, Bernard (January 4, 1990). "The Peabody, Ready or Not, Is Pushed to Go Out on Its Own". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-09.