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Pathways to College Webinar 10/12/23

October 12, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Pathways to College – Unlocking Your Musical Journey with ESUSA at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University

We are excited to announce that ESUSA will continue its partnership with The Peabody Institute of The John Hopkins University to provide up to two young musicians from ESUSA member organizations with four-year full-cost-of-attendance scholarships to Peabody Conservatory for incoming freshmen beginning in Fall 2023.

Peabody Conservatory alumni Mateen Milan and Sheila Esquivel are pleased to lead the second annual ESUSA Scholarship panel with their dynamic backgrounds in the arts. As accomplished arts administrators specializing in pathways programming, they bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this event. Their shared passion for the arts, combined with their education from Peabody, creates a perfect synergy for guiding aspiring musicians toward success and artistic excellence. The ESUSA Scholarship panel aims to be an inspiring platform, offering guidance and insight for the next generation of musical talents.

In this webinar, they will discuss the ESUSA-Peabody scholarship application process, general college application tips, how ESUSA programs can support students beyond high school, and we will hear reflections from several alumni.

Who Is This For? Current ESUSA high school students interested in pursuing a career in music or music education. Program leaders, teachers, or parents who are looking to support their young musicians through the music college application process at Peabody or elsewhere.

Agenda Highlights

  • Peabody Scholarship Opportunity: Learn about the Peabody Conservatory and the ESUSA scholarship, a fantastic opportunity for aspiring musicians graduating from ESUSA member programs.
  • College Application Tips: Get expert advice on the college application process and gain insights into securing your spot at the college of your choice.
  • ESUSA Programs’ Support: Explore how ESUSA programs can bolster your journey to and through college.
  • Reflections from Alumni: Gain wisdom from ESUSA alumni as they reflect on their college experiences, factors to consider when choosing a college, and the importance of being a conscious consumer in the world of higher education.

Discover the answers to important questions about scholarships, applying to colleges, financial barriers, and college support from our expert admin panel.


Mateen Milan

Baltimore native Mateen Milan is a performer, teacher and advocate of music that uses the bassoon as a tool for impactful, thoughtful and inspiring musical experiences. Mateen serves as an orchestral, chamber and solo musician throughout Maryland and beyond while serving as a teaching artist for institutions such as the Peabody Preparatory, Baltimore Symphony Orchkids Program. In his work as an administrator and advocate, Mateen has developed programs focused on equity in music education for institutions such as the Peabody Preparatory and Ithaca Summer Music Academy. As an alumni of the Peabody Preparatory’s Tuned-In and conservatory programs, Mateen sees music education as a vital tool in developing youth and communities and seeks to create equitable learning environments for students to flourish in.

Sheila-Angela Esquivel

Sheila-Angela Esquivel is a highly accomplished and dedicated LatinX violinist with roots in the vibrant city of Chicago. Her musical journey began in the transformative El Sistema USA program and led her to excel in performance and academics at the esteemed Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she obtained a BM in Violin Performance. Recently, she achieved her educational milestone as a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she received the prestigious Saul Zaentz Fellowship and a full-tuition scholarship. Her specialty in Educational Leadership, Organizations and Entrepreneurship with a concentration in Higher Education informs her work with pathways programming at the Bridging Equity and Achievement in Music program at the New England Conservatory of Music where she serves as the Program Director.

Admin Panel

Meet our esteemed panelists who have a wealth of experience in admissions, student life, community partnerships, and music education:

  • John Huling – Director of Admissions
  • Townsend Plant – Associate Dean for Enrollment and Student Life
  • Khandeya Sheppard – Manager of Community Partnerships
  • Dan Trahey – Founder of Tuned-In

Student Speaker

Hear directly from Marcus Gee, an accomplished student who has navigated the college journey successfully at the Peabody Conservatory as an ESUSA Scholarship recipient.

Marcus Gee

Marcus Gee a native of Durham, North Carolina is an African-American cellist, teaching artist, singer/songwriter and performer. Marcus began playing music in his early childhood as a violinist in an El-Sistema inspired program known as Kidznotes in 2010. He later decided to switch to cello under the guidance of his first cello instructor LaSaundra Booth. This program took him to extraordinary heights and experiences, and later led him to pursue his Bachelors in Cello Performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

His most recent accomplishments include touring and performing with the Encuentros Orchestra alongside Gustavo Dudamel, Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding, performed with with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and joined them on their 100 year celebration tour, and has performed at numerous venues and concert halls such as the Hollywood Bowl, Walt-Disney Concert Hall, the Tynecastle Stadium, Usher Hall, The Barbican Centre and more.

Marcus is currently in his third year at Peabody. Alongside attending multiple rehearsals, classes and coachings, he also serves as one of the string faculty at Peabody Preparatory’s Tuned-In Program.

One of Marcus’s biggest dreams/goals in his life is to become a world touring artist and performer in which he would perform his own works, work alongside other artists, and create inclusive spaces for collaborative workshops with different youth organizations of under represented communities. Instilling a sense of strength, unity, and helping them build up confidence not only within their musical communities, but within themselves.


October 12, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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