Hopkins Delegation Joins Celebration of Music
Conservatory in Singapore
A delegation of Johns Hopkins faculty and staff,
including President William R. Brody and Peabody Director
Jeffrey Sharkey, traveled to Singapore to attend the Oct. 7
and 8 festivities marking the opening of the Yong Siew Toh
Conservatory of Music's new building on the Kent Ridge
campus of the National University of Singapore.
The establishment of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of
Music, in collaboration with the
Institute, is part of a broad strategy to position
Singapore as a global city with vibrant business, science,
technology and arts sectors. Envisaged to be a focal point
for music education, exchange and activities not only for
Singapore but also for the Asia-Pacific region, the
conservatory seeks to provide aspiring professional artists
with musical and ancillary skills necessary to succeed in a
career in music.
Situated adjacent to the NUS University Cultural
Centre, the building integrates a classical European-style
concert hall with state-of-the-art facilities for training
The completion of the new conservatory building is a
key milestone in education in Singapore, and a boost to
NUS' standing as a first-rate comprehensive university.
Among the Peabody participants at the celebration were
Marian Hahn, the Yong Siew Toh Chair in Piano at the
Peabody Conservatory, and Peter Langren, horn faculty
member and former interim director of Peabody, who
performed in recitals. Also attending was former Peabody
Director Robert Sirota, from whom a piece was commissioned
in honor of the event and his role in establishing the
collaboration between the two institutions.
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