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Famous Peabody Institute Alumni

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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