Peabody director to head the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Jeffrey Sharkey, who announced last May that he would not seek to renew his contract as director of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University after seven years, will become principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland next fall.

He is expected to remain at Peabody through August and to help with the transition to a new director. The search for his successor is just getting underway.

Sharkey, 48, will succeed John Wallace, who will retire from the Glasgow-based Conservatoire in September 2014. The Conservatoire, which has roots stretching back to 1845, includes a School of Music and a School of Drama, Dance, Production and Screen.

In a statement released today, the chairman of the Conservatoire's board of governors, Lord Vallance of Tummel, described Sharkey as "the right person to take the Royal Conservatoire forward," possessing "a deep knowledge and understanding of the strategic issues facing the conservatoire sector, both nationally and internationally."

Sharkey said he felt honored "to lead ... Scotland's national conservatoire" and was looking "forward to building on [Wallace's] exceptional work ... The Royal Conservatoire has much to offer the country and the wider world, and I am delighted to be part of its exciting future."


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