With its acclaimed conservatory students, talented faculty, and appreciative audiences, Longy School of Music of Bard College is a newsmaker in Greater Boston and on the world stage. Below are select recent features and news stories, demonstrating the expansive activity of Longy’s musical community.


— David Patterson

Cambridge -- As part of the Bernstein Centennial, Longy School of Music wondered about what we might want to know about the towering American figure. On hand was Jamie Bernstein to provide some insider talk. Other informants, if you will, were mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy, baritone David Kravitz, and a trio of Longy pianists Wayman Chin, Brian Moll, and Spencer Myer. Read the piece here.

— Jeremy Eichler

CAMBRIDGE — One of the pleasures of the big round-numbered anniversary tributes around which the classical world’s calendars tend to revolve is the way concentrated programming can point up worthy works by a composer typically relegated to the margins. Thursday’s performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College — the first of two nights honoring the Leonard Bernstein centennial — was a case in point. One couple seated near me kept up a running “whispered” dialogue between each piece, the gist of which was how delightfully fresh the entire program seemed to be. I couldn’t agree more. Read the piece here.

In this blog post, Elizabeth Cai (M.M. '18, violin) explores what it means to be a musician and reflects on how her time at Longy has helped her forge a new path for herself.

Researchers from Longy and arts research firm WolfBrown have just completed three years of the first-ever U.S. multi-site, multi-program study on the effects of El Sistema programs on the participants.

Where will you be this September? Do you cringe every time someone asks you that question because you think enrollment periods are over? Well, relax, because at Longy we still have openings for the right candidates who are ready to make a difference in the world with their music. Still unsure? Here are five reasons you’ll want to be here.

— Malcolm Gay

On April 19, The Boston Globe highlighted the young musicians from Longy’s Side by Side program and Boston String Academy who have been selected to participate in the National Take a Stand Festival in LA. Read the piece here.

Longy’s Sistema Side by Side program was featured in an episode of WGBH’s Open Studio with Jared Bowen. President Karen Zorn & Masters of Music student Elizabeth Cai sat down with Jared and discussed our innovative Sistema Side by Side program. 

Whenever we ask current and former students about their experiences at Longy, one word always comes up— love. Since today is Valentine’s Day, a day dedicated to love, we’d thought it would be a great time to share what our students love about Longy.

We’ve all heard it before—eat right and get enough Z’s and you’ll be well on your way to living your best life—well who are we to argue with that? Certainly, they both apply when it comes to making the most out of your music school audition. It’s true! Here are a few more tips from us, (folks who see more than a few auditions each year) on how you can get a leg up and stand out on audition day. 


— The Boston Globe

On December 15, The Boston Globe previewed Longy's production of Winterreise, a prime example of our innovative project-based learning curriculum.

Longy School of Music at Bard College received $6,500 for operating support for community outreach, including the Sistema Side By Side Series, a mentoring program for children from under-resourced communities, free concerts, and for Longy’s partnerships with local arts organizations.

Here’s what you probably know. The Horszowski Trio takes its name from acclaimed Polish-American pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and the trio’s pianist Reiko Aizawa was his last student at the Curtis Institute. Horszowski studied with Theodor Leschetizky in Vienna, and Leschetizky studied with Carl Czerny. And Czemy, of scalar and arpeggio fame, studied with Ludwig van Beethoven.

So there you are—that’s probably what you knew already. Right? Well here’s more to get you in the mood for their November 18 concert here at Longy, “Immortal Beethoven, Home in Vienna.”

There has always been a special place in classical music’s repertoire for the macabre—from early music masters, such as Bach and Mozart, to more modern works by Leonard Bernstein and John Williams. Horror movie soundtracks made many of these pieces instantly recognizable for their fright factor: John Williams’s “Theme from Jaws”; Bartòk’s “Adagio” from Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, featured in The Shining; and Bernard Herrmann’s “Psycho Suite.”Here are five more for your Halloween party playlist.

— Jonathan Blumhofer, The Arts Fuse

Tucked away on a reasonably quiet stretch of Garden Street, just a few blocks from the Cambridge Common and opposite Harvard, sits the Longy School of Music of Bard College. This past year the institution celebrated its 100th birthday. Founded in 1915 by Boston Symphony Orchestra oboist George Longy, with a curriculum modeled on that of the famous Paris Conservatoire, Longy has long been a small school: its enrollment for the 2015-16 academic year was just over 200.

But it boasts an impressive pedigree and remarkable reach...

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Longy faculty and staff are involved in exciting activities and performances this summer.

— Jeffrey Gantz, The Boston Globe

On Tuesday, April 19, The Boston Globe reviewed The Night's Tale, a Tournament of Love, which was the culmination of a collaboration between Longy and the Boston Camerata. 

CAMBRIDGE — “The Night’s Tale” is also “The Knight’s Tale,” telling of what medieval knights and their ladies did first by day and then after dark. One can only hope they enjoyed themselves as much as the Boston Camerata did Saturday at Longy School of Music’s Pickman Hall.

Camerata artistic director Anne Azéma’s starting point for the project, which previously was presented at Boston College in 2007, was “Le tournoi de Chauvency,” a narrative poem of more than 4,000 lines written by Jacques Bretel about a tournament in Lorraine that took place in October 1285. “The Night’s Tale” falls into two parts. In “Armes — Day,” the knights joust with each other, as well as for the favor of their chosen ladies. In “Amours — Night,” knights and ladies close ranks...

Read the full review here.

Students recognized in Pappalardo Competition, Lexington Philharmonic’s New Music Experiment, and Italy’s Smareglia Composition Competition

February 10, 2016—Longy is excited to recognize three students in the Composition department who have achieved success at competitions in the U.S. and abroad.

UD candidate Larry Rubin has been named the 2016 winner of the Pappalardo Composition Competition held by Longy Ensemble-in-Residence, Radius Ensemble; Andrew Trovato has earned a cash prize in Italy's Smareglia Competition, and Stephen Baillargeon has had a piece selected for inclusion in the Lexington (KY) Philharmonic’s New Music Experiment.

— Todd McNeel, GPD candidate, opera

One of the great benefits of being a Longy student is having the opportunity to perform not only through the conservatory, but also in the Greater Boston area. Longy's faculty encourages students to become involved in the Boston music community, where emerging musicians like myself can make connections that will last long after I finish my studies at Longy. In part due to this encouragement and realistic approach to training, you'll find many Longy students fully taking advantage of Boston's audition circuit—and often being quite successful. 


— Mark DeVoto, Boston Musical Intelligencer