With approximately 2,000 students passing through its doors every week, the Peabody Preparatory is Baltimore's premier community school for the performing arts. It is open to students of all ages and levels of ability with offerings ranging from early childhood classes for infants to the Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) program for adults. Instrumental and dance instruction begins as young as four years, and most classes are available to adults.
The Preparatory offers four types of orchestral experience to meet the needs of developing musicians. An audition is required, though playing at the recommended minimum repertoire levels does not assure acceptance into the ensemble of choice. Each ensemble is involved in two to three performances a year. There are opportunities for soloists for the ensembles in concerto competitions.
For a listing of all our youth orchestras, see our Youth Orchestra Department course offerings.
Once you're ready to register for youth orchestra, please visit our registration page.
Preparatory String Ensemble
- Matthew Horowitz-Lee, conductor
Emphasizing the fundamentals of large ensemble playing, the String Ensemble is designed as an ideal first orchestral experience for elementary through intermediate students of violin, viola, cello and bass. An individual instruction lesson at the Prep is mandatory for all instruments. more
Peabody Preparatory Wind Orchestra
- Eli Wirth, Conductor
Open to advanced wind, brass and percussion players, the Peabody Preparatory Wind Orchestra is the elite wind ensemble in Peabody’s Preparatory division. This ensemble performs collegiate and professional repertoire in a challenging, nurturing and educational environment. Wind Orchestra students frequently collaborate with Peabody Conservatory students and receive coachings from Preparatory faculty. Enrollment is limited to one or two players on a part, which insures personal attention from the conductor and other faculty members. Membership is drawn from the Baltimore Metro Area, Washington D.C. Metro Area, Southern Pennsylvania and Delaware. This ensemble is meant to be a supplement to the student’s school band program and requires that the student be a member of their school music program if one exists. Annual events include a concerto competition and a commissioning project with Peabody Conservatory composition majors.
Young Artists Orchestra
- Daniel Levitov, conductor
Intermediate to advanced level students in a medium-sized orchestra for strings, winds, brass, and percussion. The Young Artists Orchestra rehearses and performs repertoire from the standard concert literature for both full and string orchestra. The orchestra presents three concerts per academic year. New and returning students must audition for acceptance and placement in the orchestra. Auditions are open to all interested students but priority will be given to those who study privately at the Preparatory. Students who do not study privately at the Peabody Preparatory are not eligible to participate in any Preparatory recitals or competitions, including the Chamber Orchestra Part Concerto Competition. more
Peabody Youth Orchestra
- Harlan D. Parker, conductor
Open to any advanced musician in all strings, winds, brass, and percussion. The Peabody Youth Orchestra offers major orchestra repertoire and many performance opportunities. Previous orchestral experience is required. Students who study privately at the Preparatory will be given priority. Students in PYO who do not study privately at the Peabody Preparatory are not eligible to participate in any Preparatory recitals or competitions, including the PYO Full Concerto Competition. more