There are many significant firsts in the history of Peabody Computer Music (PCM). It is the first electronic and computer music studio in a conservatory in the United States. Peabody itself is the first conservatory of music in the U.S. And our parent institution, the Johns Hopkins University, is America’s first research university.
For 48 years PCM has been training highly-skilled musicians to use computers and technology for composition, performance and music-related research. We work within the context of a conservatory that prizes the great accomplishments of the past even as we develop new musical vocabularies and techniques for the expressive musician of the future.
New dean Fred Bronstein is a vital force in leading the oldest music conservatory in the U.S. into the 21st century. One of his first actions was to host a university-wide symposium “What’s Next for Classical Music?”.
PCM reaches out to new international and inter-institutional collaborations. Of particular promise is the new collaboration between Peabody, Johns Hopkins and the Maryland Institute College of Art under the artistic direction of digital pioneer Thomas Dolby, recently named the first Homewood Professor of the Arts. This new enterprise, dubbed “Station North Arts”, will bring together film, composition, recording arts, and computer music.
Authors: Dr. Geoffrey Wright, Dr. McGregor Boyle, Ms. Sunhuimei Xia, Mr. Josh Armenta, Mr. Ryan Woodward
Research Objective: ICMC 2015