Sharkey won't seek another term as director of Peabody

Jeffrey Sharkey, director of Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Institute for nearly seven years, won't seek another term in the position, he announced in May in a message to Peabody faculty, staff, and students.

Jeffrey Sharkey

Image caption: Peabody Institute director Jeffrey Sharkey

Image credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

President Ronald J. Daniels announced Sharkey's departure to the university community via email, saying that Sharkey will remain in the position until a successor is named.

"Jeff's tenure at Peabody has contributed in so many uncounted and uncountable ways to the institute's position and prospects," Daniels wrote. "I am grateful for his dedication to the institute and the university and for his many accomplishments. I know that you join me in wishing him well."

Sharkey, a pianist, composer, and veteran music educator, became director of the Peabody Institute in September 2006. In that position, he is responsible for the nearly 700 undergraduates and graduate students in the institute's Conservatory, and for the Peabody Preparatory, a community music and dance school serving 1,800 students from early childhood through adulthood.

Daniels credited Sharkey with significantly accelerating the institute's fundraising efforts, focusing on student aid and faculty support, developing closer ties with the university's Homewood and East Baltimore campuses, and amplifying Peabody's impact in the community.

"The Peabody and both its Conservatory and Preparatory divisions are in a stronger position today as a result of Jeff's leadership, and they are poised to accomplish even more," Daniels wrote.

Before joining Peabody, Sharkey had been dean of the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2001, serving as the chief academic officer of its college division. He was director of music at the Purcell School in London from 1996 to 2001, and head of composition and academic music at Wells Cathedral School, also in England, from 1990 to 1996.

Sharkey is a 1986 graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and earned a Master of Music degree in composition from Yale University in 1988 and a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University a year later.