Marin Alsop named director of graduate conducting at Peabody Institute

Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop, an inspiring and powerful leader in the international music scene, has been appointed to lead the graduate conducting program at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

Alsop, music director of both the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Sa~o Paulo Symphony Orchestra, is recognized for her deep commitment to education and her gift for communicating with and building audiences. She first joined the Peabody conducting faculty in 2006 as a Distinguished Visiting Artist.

"We're simply thrilled that Marin Alsop has agreed to step into this leadership position at Peabody," says Fred Bronstein, dean of the Peabody Institute. "Her bold vision and innovative approach will further enhance our conducting program—already one of the strongest in the nation—and our students will benefit tremendously from this increased opportunity to work with a conductor of Marin's caliber. And at a time when Peabody is focusing increasingly on what it means to be a citizen-artist in the 21st century, there is no better practitioner than Marin Alsop as exemplified through her commitment to education, community engagement, and an innate talent for making music meaningful to so many different audiences."

"It is an incredible honor to accept this baton from my colleague and friend, master teacher Gustav Meier," Alsop says. "His commitment to shaping the talents of young musicians has been an inspiration to me, and I am looking forward to continuing that legacy and working even more closely with the wonderfully gifted students and dedicated fellow faculty at Peabody."

Alsop has made history as the first woman to head a major American orchestra and the first female conductor of the BBC's Last Night of the Proms in London. Next month, she returns to The Proms to conduct the Last Night again.

In addition to her posts in Baltimore and Sa~o Paulo, she has since 1992 been music director of California's Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and retains strong links with her previous orchestras, as conductor emerita of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and music director laureate of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
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