Peabody's Electronic Music Studios were founded in 1967 by Dr. Jean Eichelberger Ivey. Summer Workshops for school music teachers
were offered first, and public electronic music programs took place from
the beginning. In the fall of 1969, Peabody opened its year-round 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
In that first full season, electronic works composed in the new studio
by Dr. Ivey and her students were heard in public concerts here 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
though the university.
Geoffrey Wright established the Computer Music Studio, of which he is
director, in 1982. In the same year he 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. McGregor Boyle is technical
director of the Computer Music Consort.
The combined Electronic and Computer Music Studios serve as a working
laboratory for music composition and research, and as a center for
courses, demonstrations, and public programs.
In 1989 the Electronic and Computer Music Studios joined into a single
department and inaugurated a new Master of Music degree in Computer