The Roundup: What’s New in Frederick

A young child with curly hair holds a guitar.
Photo courtesy of Peabody Preparatory

Peabody Preparatory to Offer Lessons at the Y This Fall

Johns Hopkins’ Peabody Preparatory — providing the highest level of training for music students in the greater Baltimore area for more than a century — will be adding a Frederick, Maryland campus this fall.

Citing a growing performing arts scene in Frederick, Peabody Executive Director Maria Mathieson recognizes Frederick’s local interest in musical arts from beginner to professional, according to the YMCA of Frederick County.

The Y Arts Center in downtown Frederick will host private lessons from Peabody instructors in violin, viola, cello, guitar and piano. Renovations to the 20,000-square-foot facility came with the addition of private studio spaces, an office/workspace and a family waiting area.

Inquiries opened this summer for weekly lessons beginning in September for children and adults. Learn more at

Monocacy Foundation Accepting Grant Applications in August

Parents of children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities may or may not be aware that they have access to funding for equipment, therapies and other quality-of-life improvements through the Monocacy Foundation.

Since 1995, the foundation has had an annual grant program to which Frederick County residents who have financial need can apply to for help covering costs that would have otherwise been out-of-pocket expenses.

These could be things like therapeutic horseback riding, specialized strollers for disabilities, special paintbrushes for artists or even family trips, notes Rachel Ablondi, the foundation’s development director.

For Ablondi, it was a week of family camp for her 23-year-old son, who lives with multiple disabilities. She received a Monocacy grant to pay for his portion of camp, so he was able to go away with his family and do summer activities he wouldn’t normally have been able to do, she says.

Ablondi says the grant also allowed the family to put an assistive lift on their van. “Stuff like that isn’t covered by insurance,” she says. “It’s very expensive.”

This year’s application period opens online Aug. 15.

Grant recipients will be notified in November, with an award ceremony the first week of December. Learn more, donate or sign up for the foundation’s newsletter at