The Historical Performance Department trains singers and instrumentalists to succeed in today’s professional music world.
Graduates emerge in the forefront of today’s young Renaissance and Baroque performers, gaining depth, versatility, and professional acumen from the Conservatory’s program. Recent alumni have performed with American Bach Soloists, Apollos’s Fire (the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra), ARTEK, Ayreheart, the Baltimore Consort, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Cambridge Consort, Catacoustic Consort, the Folger Consort, Harmonious Blacksmith, Hesperus, Juilliard 415, Les Délices, Magnificat, Montreal Baroque, New York Collegium, New York’s Ensemble for Early Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Tempesta di Mare (Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra), and the Waverly Consort.
Our all-performer faculty consists of directors and core members of the Baltimore Consort, Tempesta di Mare, and REBEL. Peabody is located in Baltimore’s historic Mt. Vernon district within the early music rich New York–Philadelphia–Washington corridor.
Students have ample opportunity for performing both as soloists and in ensembles at Peabody and throughout the Baltimore/Washington area. The opportunities include:
- Peabody Renaissance Ensemble
- Baltimore Baroque Band
- Peabody Consort
- Recorder Consort
- Viola da Gamba Consort
- Baroque Chamber Ensembles
- Baroque Opera
- Master classes with distinguished faculty and world-renowned guest artists
- Friday Noon Recital Series featuring different departments throughout the semester
- Biweekly departmental performance classes
- Regular community outreach events at churches and synagogues, the Walters Art Museum, etc.
Leading figures in early music have performed and given master classes at Peabody including Bartold Kuijken (Baroque flute), Julie Andrijeski (Baroque dance), Jaap ter Linden (Baroque cello), Ronn McFarlane (lute), Andreas Scholl, Drew Minter, Nell Snaidas, Julianne Baird, Ann Monoyios, and Jennifer Lane (voice).
- Baroque flute and recorder
- Baroque lute and theorbo
- Baroque violin and viola
- Mark Cudek, Chair
- Viola da gamba and Baroque cello