Peabody to present virtual event, “The Next Normal 2.0”

Posted on: October 25, 2021

On November 17, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University will host “The Next Normal 2.0: Flexibility is the Future,” a free virtual event exploring how to build more flexible and adaptable performing arts institutions and train artists with that skillset. Seven artists and administrators will present their real-life stories of reinvention and new approaches; Peabody Dean Fred Bronstein will then be joined by industry leaders for a discussion, followed by an audience Q&A and online networking opportunities. Panelists will include Marin Alsop, chief conductor, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; chief conductor and curator, Ravinia Festival; director of graduate conducting, the Peabody Conservatory; Sean Jones, professor of trumpet and chair of jazz studies, the Peabody Conservatory; Howard Herring, president and CEO, New World Symphony; Richard Kessler, executive dean, College of Performing Arts, and dean, Mannes School of Music; Timothy O’Leary, general director, Washington National Opera; Alysia Lee, fine arts education program supervisor, Maryland State Department of Education; founder and artistic director, Sister Cities Girlchoir; professional studies faculty, the Peabody Conservatory; Alan Pierson, artistic director, Alarm Will Sound; Paola Prestini, composer, co-founder, and artistic director, National Sawdust; and Susan Zhang, co-director, the Concert Truck. Learn more at