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Peabody Computer Music Department records

Identifier: PIRG-07-53

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Scope and Contents

Peabody Computer Music Department records, 1985-2002, contain administrative files related to major public events of the department, faculty and staff meetings, and the Peabody Ventures technology transfer program.


  • Creation: 1985 - 2002


Conditions Governing Access

University records are restricted for 25 years from the point of creation. This collection is minimally processed and needs further review by archives staff because of the possible inclusion of restricted materials such as financial documents. Contact for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.

Biographical / Historical

Composer Jean Eichelberger Ivey taught summer workshops for school music teachers in electronic music at the Peabody Institute beginning in 1967. In the fall of 1969, Peabody opened its year-round Electronic Music Studio with regular courses for conservatory students. It was the first such studio in Maryland, and was one of the first anywhere to be located in a conservatory.

In that first full season, electronic works composed in the new studio by Ivey and her students were heard in public concerts at Peabody, at New York's Carnegie Recital Hall, and on radio and television. Annual concerts have continued since that time, often featuring collaborations with performing musicians, dance, film, and special visuals. Works from other studios and by many distinguished guest composers have also been presented.

Frequent public lectures and demonstrations have extended the studio’s educational role beyond its immediate students to a wider audience. A burgeoning expansion of musical resources came with the addition of computers. The affiliation of Peabody with the Johns Hopkins University in 1977 made extension into this field possible, initially utilizing computers, advanced technology, and expertise available throughout the university.

The Computer Music Studio was established by Geoffrey Wright in 1982. In the same year he and McGregor Boyle founded the Computer Music Consort as a professional performance group in residence at Peabody, to expand the already established tradition of presenting high-level musical performances including electronics and multimedia collaborations with diverse artists. The studio presented several high-profile public events coinciding with major anniversaries of the department.

In 1989 the Electronic and Computer Music Studios joined into a single department and inaugurated a new Master of Music degree in Computer Music with specialized tracks in composition, performance/concert production, and research/technology.

The Prix d'Été competition, established by Walter Summer in 1994 and continuing to be hosted annually by the Computer Music Department, encourages Peabody graduate and undergraduate composition students to create chamber music that explores new instrumental, vocal, computer and multimedia horizons.

In 1993 the Sidney M. Friedberg Lecture Series in Music and Psychology was founded to bring distinguished musicians and psychologists to Peabody Conservatory and Johns Hopkins University. An annual lecture was offered through the end of the 1990s.

The Peabody/Johns Hopkins Office of Technology Transfer was formed in 1996 and assumed the name Peabody Ventures to represent Peabody's intellectual property pertaining to "music, science and vision." Peabody Venutres was commissioned by Times Square 2000 to provide the ceremonial music and performances for the Millennium New Year's Celebration in Times Square, New York. Conductor Forrest Tobey performed the Virtual Digital Orchestra and composer Charles B. Kim wrote five pieces for the event. Geoffrey Wright was the artistic director and Edmund Pirali was the technical director.

The Peabody Computer Music Department remains an active department at the Peabody Conservatory.

(Adapted from, accessed 2023 May 8, and from "40 Years of Looking to the Future: A Multimedia Concert" [program], 2009 November 3, Peabody Institute concert programs, PIRG.11.02.)


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The Peabody Computer Music Department originated from the Peabody Electronic Music Studio, founded by composer Jean Eichelberger Ivey in 1969, and the Peabody Computer Music Studio, founded by Geoffrey Wright in 1982. The Peabody Computer Music Department records, 1985-2002, contain administrative files related to the department's major public events, faculty and staff meetings, and the Peabody Ventures technology transfer program.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by the Peabody Computer Music Department in 2023.

Related Materials

The Jean Eichelberger Ivey papers (PIMS.0078) contain materials on the Peabody Electronic Music Studio and the Computer Music Department.

Additional materials on the Peabody Computer Music Department, including recordings, can be found in other Peabody Institute record groups. Contact for more information.

Processing Information

Minimally processed by Matt Testa in 2023.

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Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Peabody Institute
1 E. Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore MD 21202 USA