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From left: A combined ensemble of Luri Lee, Zhao Yi, Sheng-Yuan Kuan, Peabody professor
Michael Kannen, and Fan Ran perform Ernst von Dohnányi's Piano Quintet
No. 1 in C minor, Op. 1 at Carnegie Hall. Photo by Will Kirk/Homewoodphoto.jhu.edu

The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Singapore recently announced plans for the world's first international joint-degree program in music. The announcement was made at Carnegie Hall during an event celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the two institutions' partnership.

"This is a unique musical partnership in the world that brings students and faculty together across 9,000 miles and expands the horizons of all of our students," Peabody Director Jeffrey Sharkey said.

Students enrolled in the four-year program will spend three out of eight semesters at the sister institution, one semester in their second year of study and two in the third. It is expected that three to five top students from each institution will be accepted into the program this inaugural year.

The Johns Hopkins University's commitment to excellence in international education and outreach is a shared dedication in all its academic divisions. With campuses in Bologna and Beijing, and researchers across the globe, the sun never sets on the work conducted by Johns Hopkins faculty and students. Now, with the signing of this one-of-a-kind program, the opportunity for Johns Hopkins students has continued to grow.

"To see students from Peabody and Yong Siew Toh united on the stage of this landmark hall in one of the world's most international cities was glorious," Johns Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels said. "What a wonderful expression of the cross-cultural collaboration that is so significant to both our institutions and to the world of music. With our unique joint degree program, we rededicate ourselves to training 21st-century artists whose musical and cultural knowledge transcend boundaries and elevate us all. We are thrilled to build on this great partnership with our close friends in Singapore."

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