An op-ed in The Baltimore Sun by Peabody Dean Fred Bronstein called “Diversity critical to survival of classical music field” discusses how conservatories, orchestras, ensembles, and elsewhere need to remedy the lack of diversity within their institutions.
By Christen Brownlee Illustration by Erin Robinson How Peabody is leading the way to attract a more varied array of students and faculty – and why such efforts are crucial to the future of classical music. One day when Jonathan Rush was in the eighth grade, his band teacher was leading the class in playing a march. At one point, she asked if any of the students wanted to try conducting. When no one else volunteered, Rush raised his hand. His teacher gave him a quick tutorial in conducting technique, then left the rest up to More…
An article on Peabody’s Diversity Fund has been featured on Johns Hopkins Rising in article titled Change can come, but it has to be nurtured. The fund, generously donated by Rheda Becker and Robert E. Meyerhoff, will help provide a music education for socioeconomically disadvantaged youth in Baltimore and address the challenge of attracting underrepresented minorities to the Peabody faculty and staff, providing teacher role models for students, and making the Institute accessible to new audiences through outreach programs.
Peabody Preparatory alumnus and founder and president of the Sphinx Organization, Aaron Dworkin was featured on WYPR’s Midday Segment with Tom Hall and Kathleen Cahill on Oct. 10. Mr. Dworkin discussed steps major national orchestras and other art institutions must take to ensure racial diversity, equity, and inclusion. Mr. Dwokin also lead a talk at the Dean’s Symposium on Oct. 10, discussing the “standard of excellence” in classical music, and how we must interpret this “excellence” to include the diversity of our full community.
Faculty member Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) was named a finalist of the $50,000 Johns Hopkins Provost’s Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity. The prize acknowledges faculty efforts across a broad spectrum of disciplines, such as international affairs, business, education, science, health, public policy, the arts, and other fields. Current full-time Johns Hopkins faculty members in any discipline are eligible to nominate or be nominated for the prize, and self-nominations are encouraged. The news was announced at the Diversity Leadership Council’s annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 10 in the Homewood campus’s Glass Pavilion.