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Peabody Preparatory Appoints New Executive Director

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Sep 09, 2015

Gavin Farrel, who served as an interim director for two years, has been appointed as the Peabody Preparatory’s first executive director.

Farrell began at Peabody as a student, earning a master’s degree in music in both percussion and music theory pedagogy before joining the Preparatory staff in 2002. Over the next 11 years, Farrell served as student services coordinator and later as academic programs administrator before taking the role as interim executive director in 2013. In that role, Farrell developed partnerships with the community and played a crucial role in developing Pathways to Peabody, a program funded by the Jack Kent Cooke foundation to support high achieving, low income students to attend the Preparatory.

“Peabody is a special place that played a formative role in so many aspects of my life and career,” said Farrell. “I’m honored and humbled to be leading the Preparatory and I thank Dean Bronstein for this opportunity and continued support.”

As he looks to the future, Farrell continues to lead the Preparatory with his focus on high-caliber courses, technological advancements, and community outreach. For example, this year the Preparatory welcomed the Paul Taylor American Modern Dance Company for the second time, offering a summer intensive to Peabody Dance students. Under Farrell’s leadership, the Preparatory is also making strides technologically, moving its course catalog online ( and beginning new online courses offered for continuing music students over Skype. These programs are expanding not just online, but all across Baltimore City as Farrell works to bring music to the new Henderson-Hopkins School, including the Peabody Community Chorus now entering its second year there.

“Gavin’s natural leadership emerged as he helped ease the Preparatory through the Institute’s transitions over the past few years. He put in place initiatives to move the Preparatory forward,” said Peabody Institute Dean Fred Bronstein. “We’re especially delighted that Gavin will be leading the Peabody Preparatory into the future.”

About Peabody Preparatory

Founded by May Garrettson Evans in 1894, The Preparatory offers instruction in music and dance to a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 students beginning at 2 months. Youngsters and adults enroll in classes and/or individual instruction and may attend repertoire classes, master classes, and participate in a graduated recital series.  They may also enroll in children’s chorus, orchestra, music theory, and chamber music and participate in certificate programs and school-wide competitions. The dance program includes ballet, contemporary, and ballroom dancing. Other special offerings include a Teacher Mentoring Program in Baltimore City Schools and a pre-conservatory violin program. In addition to its main school in downtown Baltimore, the Preparatory has branches in Towson, Columbia and Annapolis.

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