Dr. Fred Bronstein

Fred Bronstein began his appointment as the first dean of the Peabody Institute in June 2014. Since his arrival, Dean Bronstein has established Peabody’s Breakthrough Plan which focuses the Institute on strategic goals built around four pillars:  excellence, interdisciplinary experiences, innovation, and community connectivity. Under his leadership important new initiatives have been launched around these pillars that include plans to establish a center for Music and Medicine as well as a series of initiatives such as “Peabody Pop-Ups” that serve to connect Peabody directly with the community and provide students with experience in community engagement.  In fall 2017 the Conservatory launched the Breakthrough Curriculum which fully integrates entrepreneurship and artistic citizenship training into the traditional training for which Peabody is renowned.

Prior to Peabody, Fred Bronstein served as president of the St. Louis Symphony, Omaha Symphony, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. As a performer, Dr. Bronstein toured for eight years and could be heard on New World Records as part of Aequalis, a chamber group he co-founded.  He is an alumnus of Boston University, Manhattan School of Music, and the State University of New York, Stony Brook. In 2005, Boston University’s College of Fine Arts presented him its Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession.  He has served on the college’s Dean’s Advisory Council and on the university’s Board of Overseers.  Most recently, Fred Bronstein was named by Musical America as one of thirty top “Innovators” in 2016.