About Bassoon Week 

Located in Baltimore at the beautiful and historic Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University on Mt. Vernon Place, Peabody Bassoon Week offers intermediate-to-advanced college, high school, and amateur bassoon players a unique opportunity to experience expert private bassoon instruction and master class participation with artist faculty over an eight-day period, while working and playing together in a stimulating, nurturing environment. 

In addition to private instruction and chamber music coachings, attendees learn strategies for efficient, effective practice, ways to become more self-sufficient in their reed-making during daily classes, and how to care for their bassoons. Younger players receive instruction in tenor clef-reading. There are performances by both students and faculty, with a highlight being a gala final concert in Peabody's elegant Griswold Hall, in which all students perform for family and friends.

The Peabody Institute Campus

The Peabody Institute houses the Conservatory, the Preparatory, the George Peabody Library, the Peabody Residence Halls and the Peabody Inn, as well as a parking garage. Access to Baltimore's exciting Inner Harbor, with its many fine attractions, is within walking distance and the world-renowned Walters Art Museum is just across the street; Federal Hill, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Stadium (home of the Ravens) are a short bus ride away. The Conservatory faces historic Washington Monument circle, and was the first major monument begun to honor President Washington.

Philanthropist George Peabody founded the Peabody Institute as the first music conservatory in the United States in 1857.  The Conservatory was joined by the Peabody Preparatory in 1894; its mission is to provide a quality music education to all who want to attend, regardless of prior training, including both children and adults. In 1986, the Peabody Institute became a division of the Johns Hopkins University.

Between them, the two schools have nurtured fine musicians as diverse as concert pianist Andre Watts, bass-baritone James Morris, and Pulitzer-prize-winning composer Dominick Argento in the Conservatory; and, in the Preparatory, violinist Hilary Hahn, jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut, and pop-singer Tori Amos, among many others.


1 East Mt. Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202