FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2015
Longy Conservatory Commencement 2015
May 8, 2015
Longy School of Music of Bard College
2015 Commencement Weekend, May 14 & 16, 2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. │ The Longy School of Music of Bard College will kick off the 2015 commencement weekend with a performance by the Longy Conservatory Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor, Leon Botstein at Sanders Theatre at 8 p.m. on May 14, 2015.
The concert will feature the world premiere of “Anxiety” by Laura Staffaroni, winner of Longy’s 2014 Composition Competition;Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759 “Unfinished,” and Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104, B. 191, featuring soloist Egor Antonenko, winner of the 2014 Longy Conservatory Orchestra Concerto Competition.
On May 16, Longy’s commencement ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at First Church in Cambridge. Longy will honor 114 graduating students, including 77 Master of Music students, who will be addressed by guest speaker and award-winning composer, musician, author and educator, David ‘Doc’ Wallace.
Lisa Parker, a Longy faculty member since 1977 and an internationally renowned Dalcroze instructor, will receive the Nadia Boulanger Award for Excellence in the Art of Teaching. The Boulanger Award honors a music teacher who has had a remarkable career, “opening the eyes and hearts of young people to the beauty, expression, and energy of great music.”
David "Doc" Wallace, Berklee School of Music’s String Department chair, and author of “Reaching Out: A Musician’s Guide to Interactive Performance,” joined Berklee in September 2014 after serving as a professor at the Juilliard School and a senior teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic. An award-winning composer and champion Texas fiddler, Wallace is also a Grammy-nominated performer who has been broadcast as a soloist or chamber musician on NPR, CBS, ABC, PBS, and more. As a music educator, he has worked as a curricula author or consultant for performing arts institutions such as Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center, among others.
About Longy School of Music of Bard College
Founded in 1915, Longy School of Music of Bard College is a degree-granting institution that serves approximately 250 graduate and undergraduate students at its conservatory in Cambridge, MA and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) campus in Los Angeles, CA. Through immersive project-based learning experiences, including its Teaching Artist and Pedagogy programs, and innovative, collaborative performance opportunities, Longy prepares musicians to make a difference in the world.
In 2012 Longy and Bard College, a leader in progressive education that shares Longy’s social mission, partnered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to form Take a Stand, an initiative to support social change through music in the United States. This objective is carried out in Cambridge through Sistema Side by Side, a new kind of orchestra that pairs students from local El Sistema-inspired music programs alongside their mentors from the Longy Conservatory Orchestra. In addition, Longy students spend more than 1,800 hours in public schools, El Sistema-inspired music programs, assisted-living facilities, and other similar community centers throughout the Boston area. In Los Angeles, the mission of social change is embedded in the MAT in Music curriculum, which, established in 2013, is the first accredited degree program based on the principles of El Sistema.
Longy offers an Undergraduate Diploma, a Bachelor of Music degree (with Emerson College), a Master of Music degree, a Master of Music degree with Emphasis on Historical Performance, a Master of Arts in Teaching in Music degree, a Graduate Performance Diploma, an Artist Diploma, and Dalcroze Certificate and License. Areas of study include Chamber Music, Composition, Dalcroze Eurythmics, Early Music, Instrumental Studies, Modern American Music, Opera, and Vocal Performance.
During the 2015-2016 academic year, Longy will be celebrating its centennial with over 100 free performances and events. For more information: http://longy.edu/centennial