Hopkins, Peabody and the conservatory experience
Johns Hopkins and George Peabody were exemplars of generosity. Their philanthropy has touched the lives of millions for more than a century.
It was Johns Hopkins' gift in 1876 that established the largest endowment for a private non-sectarian university in the United States for its time. It was George Peabody's gift in 1857 that established the first academy of music in the United States. Since 1977, the Peabody Institute - the Southern-most music conservatory left in the nation - has operated as a division of The Johns Hopkins University.
The true conservatory experience at the Peabody Institute is unique. Nestled in the historic Mount Vernon district of Baltimore, Peabody provides students the opportunity to work one-on-one with internationally renowned faculty. Students receive specialized attention in their discipline, a level of intensity and focus that is the hallmark of conservatory training.
The intimate learning environment of a true conservatory education can only be provided with adequate support. Only a handful of degree-granting conservatories remain in the United States as more than a hundred have disappeared in the last century due to insufficient funding.
The Peabody Institute thrives thanks in part to donors with the same passion for giving its founder.