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Jeffrey Sharkey

Director of the Peabody Institute

Jeffrey Sharkey October 16, 2013

Dear Peabody colleagues, 

I wanted to share with all of you the news that I shall be joining the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as its new Principal in September of 2014. The press release from the Conservatoire is below. 

I have many wonderful memories of our students and colleagues to carry with me and it has been an honor and pleasure to serve as Director of the Peabody Institute these past 8 years. I will be working with Provost Lieberman and all of you during this transition year and look forward to meeting with my successor in the coming months.

Yours sincerely,

Jeffrey Sharkey, Director
Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University

Jeffrey Sharkey Appointed New Principal, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Sharkey to step down as director of JHU's Peabody Institute


Pianist, composer and veteran music educator Jeffrey Sharkey became director of the Peabody Institute on September 1, 2006.

He is responsible both for 650 undergraduates and graduate students in the Institute's Conservatory, and for the Peabody Preparatory, a community music and dance school serving 1,800 students from early childhood through adulthood.

Before coming to Peabody, Mr. Sharkey had been dean of the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2001, serving as the chief academic officer of its college division. He was director of music at the Purcell School in London from 1996 to 2001, and head of composition and academic music at Wells Cathedral School, also in England, from 1990 to 1996.

He is a 1986 graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and earned a Master of Music degree in composition from Yale University in 1988 and a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University a year later. His teachers have included pianists John Browning, Boris Berman, and Peter Frankl, and composers Aaron Copland and John Corigliano.

Mr. Sharkey was a founding member of the Pirasti Piano Trio, which recorded with ASV Records in the United Kingdom and toured throughout Europe and the United States. Since returning to America, he has played in Trio Zannetti and performed regularly with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Institute faculty. His compositions have been performed by the St. Louis Symphony under the direction of Leonard Slatkin and in chamber concerts in the United States and Britain. In frequent collaboration with his wife, cellist Alison Wells, he remains an active participant in chamber music performances, including recent appearances in France, England, Singapore, and the U.S.


Stephen Amrhein, Administrative Assistant to the Director

Jan Rau, Director's Office Coordinator


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