Established in 1990 by the Blaustein, Rosenberg, and Thalheimer families in honor of Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg

Image Credit: Stephen McDaniel RUTH BLAUSTEIN ROSENBERG (’37, Voice) studied voice and piano at the conservatory and remained close to the school throughout her life as a concertgoer, generous contributor, member of the Peabody Board of Trustees and, later, member of the Peabody Advisory Council. With her husband, Baltimore industrialist Henry Rosenberg Sr., she was a generous supporter of Johns Hopkins and the cultural life of Baltimore. Mrs. Rosenberg co-founded the Baltimore Chamber Music Society and was honored with the creation of the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Concertmaster's Chair at the Baltimore Symphony in 1980, the Mayor's Award for Outstanding Support of the Arts by a Private Citizen in 1983, and the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America presented in 1991 by Peabody. She died in 1992 at the age of 92.


Almost every member of the BLAUSTEIN, ROSENBERG, and THALHEIMER FAMILIES has taken music lessons at the Peabody Preparatory. Louis Blaustein, a Lithuanian immigrant, began the family fortune by selling oil from the back of a horse and cart in the streets of Baltimore, a business that developed into Crown Central Petroleum, which was headed in turn by Mrs. Rosenberg's husband Henry A. Rosenberg Sr. and her son Henry A. Rosenberg Jr. The descendants of Louis and Henrietta Blaustein include the families of Jacob and Hilda K. Blaustein, Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg, and Alvin and Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer.


HAJIME TERI MURAI was appointed in 1991 as the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Director of Orchestral Activities and serves as the Music Director of the Peabody Symphony and Concert Orchestras. He has been awarded eleven ASCAP Awards for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music, including six awards with the Peabody Symphony and Concert Orchestras. Mr. Murai has made guest conducting appearances with the Baltimore Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Florida Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Indiana Chamber Orchestra, the Diablo Music Festival, and the Summer Opera Theatre Company of Washington, D.C.