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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Peabody Institute and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Peabody Institute, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Peabody Institute include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Peabody Institute alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Peabody Institute are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Peabody Institute.

This list has everything from Tori Amos to Philip Glass.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Peabody Institute?” and “Which celebrities are Peabody Institute alumni?”

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Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Tori Amos Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter Tori Amos is an American singer-songwriter, pianist and composer. She is a classically-trained musician and has a mezzo-soprano vocal range. She has been nominated eight times for a Grammy ...more

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Colin McPhee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Colin McPhee Author, Composer, Musicologist Colin McPhee was a Canadian composer and musicologist. He is primarily known for being the first Western composer to make an ethnomusicological study of Bali, and for the quality of that work. ...more

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Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Philip Glass Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Pianist Philip Morris Glass is an American composer. He is considered one of the most influential music makers of the late 20th century. His music is also often controversially described as minimal ...more

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Cyrus Chestnut is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Cyrus Chestnut Record producer, Jazz Pianist, Songwriter Cyrus Chestnut is an American jazz pianist, songwriter, and producer. In 2006, Josh Tyrangiel, music critic for Time Magazine, wrote: "What makes Chestnut the best jazz pianist of his ...more

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Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Hilary Hahn Violinist Hilary Hahn is an American violinist. In her active international career she has performed throughout the world both as a soloist with leading orchestras and conductors and as a recitalist. She ...more

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Richard Wayne Dirksen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Richard Wayne Dirksen Conductor, Composer, Organist Richard Wayne Dirksen was an American musician and composer, who served as Organist and Choirmaster of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., from 1977 to 1988. Previously he was ...more

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André Watts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
André Watts Pianist, Teacher André Watts is a classical pianist and professor at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University.

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Jessica Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Jessica Williams Jazz Pianist, Pianist Jessica Williams is an American pianist and composer who has deep roots in jazz. She has been called "one of the top jazz pianists of today."

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Dominick Argento is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Dominick Argento Librettist, Professor, Author Dominick Argento is an American composer known for his lyric operatic and choral music. Among his best known pieces are the operas Postcard from Morocco, Miss Havisham's Fire, The Masque of ...more

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Kim Kashkashian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Kim Kashkashian Musician, Composer, Violist Kim Kashkashian is a Grammy-award winning Armenian-American violist.

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Lillian Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Lillian Smith Novelist, Author, Essayist Lillian Eugenia Smith was a writer and social critic of the Southern United States, known best for her best-selling novel Strange Fruit. A white woman who openly embraced controversial positions ...more

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Michael Hedges is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Michael Hedges Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter Michael Alden Hedges was an American composer, acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter.

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Ellis Larkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Ellis Larkins Jazz Pianist Ellis Larkins was an African-American jazz pianist born in Baltimore, Maryland, perhaps best known for his two recordings with Ella Fitzgerald, the albums Ella Sings Gershwin and Songs in a ...more

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George Colligan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
George Colligan Jazz Pianist, Pianist, Bandleader George Colligan is a jazz pianist, organist, drummer, trumpet player, educator, composer and bandleader based in Portland, Oregon.

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Naida Cole is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Naida Cole Pianist Naida Margaret Cole is a Canadian-American concert pianist who left a successful career as a recording artist and touring musician in 2007 to pursue medicine. Cole's website and Facebook pages ...more

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Hiram Bullock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Hiram Bullock Guitarist Hiram Law Bullock was an American jazz funk and jazz fusion guitarist.

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Felix Hell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Felix Hell Organist Felix Hell is a German organist.

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Ana Vidović is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Ana Vidović Ana Vidović is a Croatian virtuosa classical guitarist.

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Catherine Drinker Bowen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Catherine Drinker Bowen Writer Catherine Drinker Bowen was an American writer best known for her biographies. She won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 1958.

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Manuel Barrueco is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Manuel Barrueco Guitarist Manuel Barrueco is a Cuban classical guitarist. During three decades of concertizing, he has performed across the United States from the New World Symphony in Miami to the Seattle Symphony, and ...more

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David Hogan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
David Hogan David Hogan was a composer and musical director of CIGAP—Le Choeur Int'l Gai de Paris—a choir composed of men who loved music and wanted to show pride in their identity as gay men. A native of ...more

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Don Lamond is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Don Lamond Jazz Drummer, Actor, TV Personality Donald Douglas Lamond, Jr., better known as Don Lamond, was an American jazz drummer.

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Richard Cassilly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Richard Cassilly Singer Richard Cassilly was an American operatic tenor who had a major international opera career between 1954 and 1990. Cassilly "was a mainstay in the heldentenor repertory in opera houses ...more

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Joel Fan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Joel Fan Pianist Joel Fan is an American pianist noted for his work with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, as well as his solo virtuosity and eclectic repertoire.

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Randy Van Horne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Randy Van Horne Randy Van Horne was an American singer and musician. Van Horne's musical group, the Randy Van Horne Singers, performed the theme songs for many classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons including The ...more

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Daniel Wnukowski is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Daniel Wnukowski Pianist Daniel Wnukowski is a Polish Canadian pianist from Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

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Awadagin Pratt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Awadagin Pratt Pianist Awadagin Pratt is a concert pianist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Ann Schein Carlyss is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Ann Schein Carlyss Pianist Ann Schein Carlyss is an American pianist. She was born to a violinist mother and an attorney father. She is a Master Teacher and Concert Pianist who has performed with many conductors, ...more

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Virgil Fox is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Virgil Fox Organist Virgil Keel Fox was an American organist, known especially for his flamboyant "Heavy Organ" concerts of the music of Bach. These events appealed to audiences in the 1970s who were more ...more

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John Charles Thomas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
John Charles Thomas John Charles Thomas was a popular American opera, operetta and concert baritone.

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Mary Howe is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Mary Howe Mary Howe was an American composer and pianist.

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David Meece is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
David Meece Songwriter David Meece is a contemporary Christian musician who enjoyed success in the mid 80s throughout the early 2000s with more than 30 Top 10 hits. Growing up in Humble, Texas, with an abusive, ...more

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Michael Hersch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Michael Hersch Michael Nathaniel Hersch is an American composer and pianist.

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David Starobin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
David Starobin Guitarist David Starobin is an American classical guitarist, record producer, composer, writer and film maker.

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Phillip Bush is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Phillip Bush Phillip Bush is an American classical pianist, with a career focusing primarily on chamber music and contemporary classical music. Phillip Bush was born to an American father and German mother. ...more

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Hugo Weisgall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Hugo Weisgall Hugo David Weisgall was an American composer and conductor, known chiefly for his opera and vocal music compositions. He was born in Ivančice, Moravia and moved to the United States at the age ...more

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Tommy Newsom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Tommy Newsom Musician Thomas Penn "Tommy" Newsom was a saxophone player in the NBC Orchestra on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, for which he later became assistant director. Newsom was frequently ...more

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Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez is a Latin-American composer and teacher. He currently resides near Rochester, New York. Sanchez-Gutierrez grew up in Guadalajara and later studied at the ...more

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Joshua Fineberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Joshua Fineberg Joshua Fineberg is an American composer of contemporary classical music.

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James Morris is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
James Morris Actor, Singer James Morris is an actor.

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Jenny Lin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Jenny Lin Pianist Jenny Lin is a Taiwanese-born American pianist.

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Carter Brey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Carter Brey Cellist, Teacher Carter Brey is an American cello virtuoso. He had a prolific solo career from 1981 until 1996 when he became the principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic, a position he still holds today.

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Alan Shulman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Alan Shulman Alan Shulman was an American composer and cellist. He wrote a considerable amount of symphonic music, chamber music, and jazz music. Trumpeter Eddie Bailey said, "Alan had the greatest ear ...more

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Zuill Bailey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Zuill Bailey Zuill Bailey is an American cellist, chamber musician, and artistic director. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he has appeared with major orchestras internationally. He is a professor of ...more

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Ronn McFarlane is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Ronn McFarlane Ronn McFarlane is an American lutenist and composer.

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Custer LaRue is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Custer LaRue Custer LaRue is a soprano vocalist of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. She specializes in Renaissance music and traditional Folk music such as the Child ballads and music collected in ...more

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John Woods Duke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
John Woods Duke John Woods Duke, an American composer and pianist born in Cumberland, Maryland, became arguably best known for his art songs.

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James Stovall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
James Stovall James Stovall was an American actor best known for his work in Broadway and regional theater, appearing in productions of Once on This Island, The Life and Ragtime, and The Rocky Horror Show, ...more

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David Spelman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
David Spelman David Spelman is an American, New York-based, record producer and curator working in recordings, films and live events

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Martha Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Peabody Institute Alumni
Martha Goldstein Martha Goldstein was a harpsichordist and pianist, who gave concerts in the United States, North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. She performed works by George Frideric Handel, ...more