At Peabody we build the total player, with a focus on Artistic Development, Versatility and Career Growth.

As part of Peabody's cutting-edge trumpet program, all students concurrently receive lessons from three Internationally recognized teachers:

Joe Burgstaller (9 to 10 lessons per semester)

  • International Soloist (30+ International solo appearances per season)
  • Formerly Canadian Brass (8 years as featured trumpet/arranger)
  • Formerly Meridian Arts Ensemble; multiple Top-10 Billboard Hits
  • New York Brass Arts Trio and BM4; Noted Arranger and composer
  • Leads "Change Your Mind, Change Your Playing®" classes
  • Leads Peabody's Brass Chamber Music groups
  • Studied with David Hickman and Anthony Plog
  • CLICK HERE for video of Joe

Phil Snedecor (3 to 4 lessons per semester)

  • Artistic Director of Washington Symphonic Brass & DC Pops Orchestra
  • Former member of the Baltimore Symphony
  • Has held one-year positions with National Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera and the Baltimore Opera
  • Owner, PAS Music Productions; Noted Composer and Arranger
  • Studied with Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer and Arnold Jacobs
  • CLICK HERE for video of Phil

David Fedderly (2 lessons per semester)

  • Formerly Principal Tuba Baltimore Symphony (retiring 2014)
  • Formerly Tuba Faculty at Juilliard (9 years)
  • Considered one of today's pre-eminent brass gurus
  • Founder and owner of Baltimore Brass Company
  • Studied with Arnold Jacobs
  • CLICK HERE for video of David

Peabody Graduate's Recent Accomplishments

Recent graduate accomplishments (past 6 years) include:

  • Winners of 3 orchestral positions
  • Winners of 3 military band positions
  • 4 faculty hires at Universities and Colleges
  • 2 launched a quintet, CD, international touring, artists-in-residence at Carnegie-Melon
  • 1 hired into touring ensemble
  • 1 launched into a solo career, touring, CD, instructional videos
  • 2 launched a quartet, touring, plus CD
  • 5+ hired as music educators from elementary to high school levels
  • 2 hired by ORCHkids
  • 5+ with active freelance careers
  • Recent finalists of 2 auditions
  • 5 at major summer festivals
  • 4 receiving graduate assistantships plus full scholarships and stipends
  • 7 receiving a combination of full-scholarships and stipends at their next schools

Why Peabody is special

  • Private lessons taken concurrently from three active Artist-Teachers
  • Semi-regular French Conservatory-style lessons, given in front of the whole studio
  • Burgstaller's Change Your Mind, Change Your Playing™ 8-part Masterclass series for all instrumentalists
  • Snedecor's unparalleled experience as a virtuoso performer, entrepreneur, marketer, grant-writer, composer and arranger
  • Fedderly's Wind Respiratory Function and Healthy Playing classes
  • Burgstaller's unique Brass Chamber Music program with a focus on professional development (showcases), programming and the Art of Presentation
  • Access to two major metropolitan music scenes and orchestras, including the Baltimore and National Symphonies and all the Premiere Military Bands
  • Regular Private Career counseling sessions with Gerald Klickstein, Director of Peabody's Music Entrepreneurship and Career Center; author of The Musician's Way
  • Community Engagement Classes by Dan Trahey (Director, Baltimore Symphony's ORCHkids, El Sistema Program)
  • Music Education Program with 100% placement record
  • Renowned Recording Arts Program
  • Performing ensembles include:
    2 Orchestras, Wind Ensemble, Conductor's Orchestra, Modern Music Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, Brass Chamber Groups, Jazz Big Band, Latin Big Band, Improvisation and Multimedia Ensemble, and Early Music Ensemble

Change Your Mind, Change Your Playing™

An All-Instrument Performace Class

This transformative class for ALL INSTRUMENTS is like choosing between the Red Pill and the Blue Pill in the popular Matrix movies.

Using insights and direction from a combination of modern behavioral science, neuroscience, sports-inspired psychology, and good old-fashioned experience and intuition, performers and audience/observers explore beyond their individual realities, personal mix of truth and perceived limitations, enabling instant and startling improvement and a whole new freedom and power to their performance.

"Burgstaller is a ''Talent Whisperer' in the truest sense, mixing intuition, experience and an uncommon talent for enabling students to rise above their own limiting beliefs."
Dr. Stephen Paul Adler, Ph.D, CGP, B.C.E.P.T.S. - Director ACT Institute
"An absolutely life-changing experience. His teaching penetrates and explores the depth and dimension of our psyche and what it means to be a performer.... rare sensitivity, commitment and expertise."
Naomi Kudo, Pianist - Winner 2007 Chopin Prize (Juilliard School) & 2008 Gilmore Young Artists Award"

Grow A Show™

Unleashing Your Group's Creativity

Conceptualizing an entire concert from beginning to end is addressed in this session.

Understanding the audience's needs and putting them before the needs or viewpoints of the performer whilst maintaining artistic integrity is paramount to sharing Music. Showcasing, Ownership, Creativity, Choreography/Staging/Stagecraft, Public Speaking, Authenticity and much more.

Engage Your Audience, The Art of Presentation

This clinic focuses on the experience of connection with an audience. Joe works closely with performers and/or ensembles to enable them to address what's REALLY going on onstage: a relationship with your audience! It is the SHARED experience between audience, performers and composer that enables the magic of music.

"Never in my tenure as a teacher has an artist make the impact on the students that (Joe) did."
John Hillsman, formerly Director of The McDonalds All-American High School Band

Music Entrepreneurship & Career Center Gerald Klickstein - Director

We provide comprehensive services in support of your goals. We're here to help you pinpoint artistic and professional objectives, build career skills, identify opportunities, prepare job applications, launch entrepreneurial ventures, develop websites, raise funds, organize concert tours, and much more.

Our offerings incorporate 7 components:

  1. Online resources
  2. Individual advising
  3. Curricular offerings, including our Business of Music Minor
  4. Seminars and workshops by MECC staff, Peabody alumni, and distinguished guests
  5. Internships and practicums such as student teaching
  6. Community engagement programs
  7. Career development grants

CLICK HERE to visit the Music Entrepreneurship & Career Center

Teaching Artists training with Community Engagement Classes & Creative Leadership Immersion Course with internationally recognized El Sistema expert Dan Trahey - ORCHKids (El Sistema)

Dan Trahey is a musician, educator, and innovator. He was instrumental in the creation of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's "OrchKids" where he currently serves as Artistic Director. Dan also founded the El Sistema inspired program "Tuned In" at the Peabody Conservatory where he teaches creative composition and community engagement.

As a tuba player with The Archipelago Project he travels the world promoting cross genre performances and has performed for hundreds of thousands of children specifically targeting impoverished areas with little access to live performance. He has held orchestral positions in Mexico, the United States, and Germany. Dan has been featured in countless publication including 60 Minutes, PBS, NPR, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and was named the Most Valuable Player in the Arts by Baltimore Magazine.


About Joe Burgstaller

"dashing... dazzled like sheet-lightning"
-The Washington Post-
"world-class... breathtaking"
-The FrankfurterHoff (Germany)-
"quite simply, a superstar of the trumpet."
-JoAnn Falletta, Music Director, Virginia Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic-
"superhuman musicality... Burgstaller even played two trumpets at the same time!"
-The Syracuse Standard (NY)-
"full of heart... "
-Klassik Magazine (Cologne, Germany)-
"No one can deny the virtuosity and flamboyant musicianship of Mr. Burgstaller. His singing tone, lightning technique, and extroverted phrasing place him in a different league."
-The International Trumpet Guild Journal-

JOE BURGSTALLER has thrilled audiences throughout the world with his dazzling virtuosity, captivating sensitivity and engaging personality. He tours worldwide as a soloist (30+ appearances this past season in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Hamburg, Bologna, US Virgin Islands and 13 U.S. States) as well as a clinician with his groundbreaking masterclasses for all instruments called "Change Your Mind, Change Your Playing®". He teaches trumpet and chamber music at The Peabody Institute (The Johns Hopkins University) in Baltimore, MD, where he joined as Distinguished Faculty in 2008.

Formerly with Canadian Brass (8 yrs.) and the avant-garde Meridian Arts Ensemble (6 yrs.), he was also one of the all-time most popular soloists at Columbia Artists' Community Concerts, performing 60 solo concerts every year. His extensive discography includes solo CDs (License to Thrill and The Virtuoso Trumpet) and three Top-10 Billboard hits.

Joe and his newest solo CD "License To Thrill" were recently the subject of an hour-long segment of The INNERView (100 million viewers) on Korea's Arirang Television, as well as an hour-long feature on Sirius-XM Classical Radio. "License To Thrill" features the music of Vivaldi-Bach, Sting, Jennifer Higdon, Gershwin, Chick Corea and a new commission by Su Lian Tan entitled "Ming". His last two CDs with his Classical/Jazz-Hybrid crossover group BM4 (Bach's Secret Files and Mozart's Blue Dreams) were Top-50 on the JazzRadio charts and the Roots Radio Report (under Paul Simon but right above the Beastie Boys).

He has performed in front of more than 40 orchestras (Philadelphia, Minnesota, Detroit, Houston, Baltimore, New Jersey, Virginia, as a member of Canadian Brass and as a soloist, in more than 50 Music Festivals, and has performed and taught at over 80 universities, conservatories and colleges. Every summer he teaches at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA. Joe Burgstaller is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

About Phil Snedecor

"Heartfelt trumpet solos"
-Harrisburg Sentinel-
"Phil Snedecor's performance on trumpet on the final cue was truly moving."
"Capable not only of producing full-throttle volume, but considerable subtlety when required."
-The Baltimore Sun-

Phil Snedecor attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he received the prestigious Performers Certificate and was a member of the premiere brass quintet, the Canterbury Brass. While earning his degrees in trumpet performance and literature, he also studied arranging and composition with Professor Rayburn Wright, formerly arranger for Radio City Music Hall. Mr. Snedecor is a former member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has held one-year positions with the National Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the Baltimore Opera. He is Principal Trumpet in the Harrisburg (PA) Symphony Orchestra and former Co-Principal Trumpet in the Concert Artists of Baltimore. Mr. Snedecor has performed and toured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

As a show player, he has performed in the touring productions of Guys & Dolls, Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Evita and West Side Story. He has recorded under the RCA, CBS, Gothic, Koss, and Summit labels. Phil's solo CDs, The Lyrical Trumpet I and II are also available on the Summit Label.

In 1993 Mr. Snedecor and National Symphony Principal Trombonist Milton Stevens co-founded The Washington Symphonic Brass, a 17-piece professional brass ensemble. They perform regularly for the Washington National Cathedral, St. Matthew's Cathedral, the Basilica at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and with the Washington Choral Arts Society at the Kennedy Center. They were the official instrumental ensemble for the Papal visit of 2008 in Washington DC and are heard regularly in their own concert series in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Their critically acclaimed CDs are available on the Summit and Warner Classics labels. Phil's innovative programming and arranging for the WSB has led to several guest conductor appearances, most recently with the River City Brass Band (Pittsburgh) and the Breckenridge (CO) Brass.

In 2012, Mr. Snedecor founded the DC Pops Orchestra, a 30-piece ensemble featuring some of the best Jazz and crossover artists in the region. This group has provided music for the elite of Washington in prestigious venues such at the National Building Museum and Mellon Auditorium.

Mr. Snedecor is on the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and has written a series of brass etude books that are required repertoire at many colleges and conservatories. His arrangements and compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.

About David Fedderly

As a fifth-grader in Silver Bay, Minnesota, Fedderly's first choice of instrument was drums, but there were too many drummers already. Trumpet and trombone (his second and third choices) weren't available either, so he was offered a Sousaphone instead. He earned the money for his first tuba by cleaning out bear cages at the Split Rock Trading Post, and went on to study at Northwestern University with the Chicago Symphony's legendary Arnold Jacobs.

David Fedderly has been the principal Tubist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 1983 and has performed as substitute principal tuba for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Fedderly is a notable teacher of tuba, euphonium and general respiratory techniques for playing brass instruments. He lectured at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University until 2000 and rejoined the faculty in 2009, he was on the faculty of The Juilliard School from 2002-2011 and has also has held teaching positions at DePaul University, University of Maryland, College Park and The Catholic University of America.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Tuba Euphonium Association, where he served as treasurer from 2008-10, and is the proprietor of the Baltimore Brass Company, a large brass sales and repair shop in Catonsville, just west of Baltimore.