The Next Normal: Reflections on Arts, Innovation, and Resilience in a Post-COVID World

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The performing arts industry has been thoroughly upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, with venues shut down, performances canceled, and artists out of work. A Brookings Institution report issued last summer estimated the damage in the fine and performing arts at almost 1.4 million jobs and $42.5 billion in sales lost.

On February 10, the Peabody Institute convened arts industry leaders from around the country to explore the path forward for artists and organizations and the long-term, post-COVID landscape for the performing arts. You can watch those panel discussions and find more information here. Key questions addressed included:

  • What does the future look like?
  • Will audiences come back?
  • How will the experience of the arts have changed after COVID?
  • Facing these and other pressures, how will performing artists and institutions adapt?

In this session, Dean Bronstein will share key takeaways for a re-invented future for the performing arts industry. The moderator will be Sarah Hoover, Associate Dean for Innovation, Interdisciplinary Partnerships and Community Initiatives at the Peabody Institute.

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Headshot of Dean BronsteinDean Fred Bronstein, DMAan accomplished pianist, dedicated music educator, and successful chief executive of American symphony orchestras – was appointed the first dean of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University on June 1, 2014. During his first term Bronstein instituted a comprehensive, five-year Breakthrough Plan to focus the administration on strategic goals and improving the school's financial stability, a process that was renewed in 2019-2020. Under his leadership, Peabody adopted a new curriculum that redefines the education model for aspiring artists, preparing them for 21st-century careers. The school also launched two innovative academic programs in 2018—in dance and in music for new media—which helped increase the school's applications and enrollment.  Bronstein has led Peabody in establishing ties with other Hopkins schools and with Baltimore community programs to bring performance and arts education beyond the halls of the conservatory. He helped establish the Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine, and its affiliate, the Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network Clinic for Performing Artists at Peabody is the first of its kind on a music school campus. Bronstein has also been an advocate for equity and inclusion and has been outspoken in his belief that attracting new and diverse audiences is necessary to ensure the future success of the performing arts industry. Prior to joining Peabody, Bronstein served as president of several orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra. As a performer, Bronstein toured for eight years and could be heard on New World Records as part of Aequalis, a chamber group he co-founded with a focus on new American music, innovative programming, and educational outreach. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Headshot of Sarah HooverSarah Hoover, DMA '08, as Associate Dean for Innovation, Interdisciplinary Partnerships and Community Initiatives at the Peabody Institute, has re-invigorated the institute’s historic engagement with organizations throughout Baltimore to bring music to new audiences and help students hone citizen artistry and career skills. She has shepherded the development of Peabody’s Breakthrough Curriculum and oversees the work of Peabody LAUNCHPad and the Office of Community Partnerships, advancing an integrated vision for career skill development, entrepreneurship and citizen artistry. Prior to her appointment at Peabody, Hoover had a career as a performer, teacher of singing, and music journalist. Her writing has been published by the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Grove Dictionary of American Music, and Chamber Music magazine. From 2012 to 2015, she founded and directed the Oyster Bay Music Festival in Oyster Bay, NY, a grassroots experiment in community music that deconstructed the concert stage and broke down the boundaries between audience and performers. Hoover is a graduate of Yale University and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Institute. She received additional training in voice science and holds certificates in Arts in Medicine and Performing Arts Medicine.

 Event Date
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Start Time: 12:00pm
End Time: 1:00pm

 Location

Via Livestream
Baltimore, MD 21218

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