Longy in the Berkshires

July 6, 2011

Pacifica Quartet: Simin Ganatra, violin;
Sibbi Bernhardsson, violin;
Masumi Per Rostad, viola; Brandon Vamos, cello

Cambridge, MA – The Longy School of Music is thrilled to offer a new experience for college-aged pianists, instrumentalists and singers. Under the direction of program director Wayman Chin, students of the Art of Chamber Music (ACM) will have two weeks of intensive training in chamber music from July 10–23. Daily activities will include coaching and performance classes led by a stellar faculty deeply committed to collaborative music making, with ample time for individual practice, rehearsing and recreational activities.

Faculty artists will be drawn from the outstanding faculty of the Longy School of Music, including violinist Dimitri Murrath, recent first prize winner of the Primrose Viola Competition in the United Kingdom along with guest Masumi Rostad, violist of the distinguished Pacifica Quartet, 2009 winners of the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Album.

“The Longy School of Music has always prided itself on its commitment to the study and performance of music,” states Wayman Chin.  “With this exciting new program we look forward to offering young musicians the chance for study that will have great import and significance.  Working with a great faculty, in the stunning setting of the Berkshires, will be inspiring, energizing and potentially life-changing.”

Situated at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, ACM allow students to experience summer in a scenic and deeply inspirational setting while fully immersed in an atmosphere devoted to music-making at the highest level.

Resident faculty will perform two concerts, on Thursdays, July 14 and July 21 at the Daniel Arts Center at 7:30pm. Young Artists Recitals, featuring participants of ACM, are on Friday, July 22 at 4:00pm and 7:00pm and Saturday, July 23 at 11:30am at the Kellogg Music Center. Both performance venues are located at 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230.

For more information about the program or the concerts please contact the Art of Chamber Music festival at ACM(at)

About Longy School of Music

Located in Harvard Square, Longy School of Music is a degree-granting Conservatory that also offers a wide range of Community Programs for children (Preparatory Studies) and adults (Continuing Studies). With a curriculum rooted in the traditions of Western music, Longy serves 225 undergraduate and graduate students from 37 states and 21 countries, and nearly 1,000 children and adults from the Greater Boston area. Longy’s overarching mission is to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world. For more information, including our concert schedule, directions, and information about classes and degree programs, visit our website at


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