FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2015
Longy School of Music of Bard College Receives Cambridge Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Business, Nonprofit of the Year Award
May 21, 2015
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. │ On May 20, the Longy School of Music of Bard College was named Nonprofit of the Year at the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce’s annual Excellence in Business award ceremony at the Royal Sonesta hotel in Cambridge. The event featured a keynote speech from Massachusetts Governor, The Honorable Charlie Baker, as well as comments from Cambridge Mayor David Maher, among others.
The Nonprofit of the Year award recognizes a Cambridge-area non-profit that demonstrates superior performance, quality, and consistency in the pursuit of its mission, and evokes community spirit and participation. Each year, Longy Teaching Assistants spend more than 2,000 hours in partner sites in the community, including schools and El Sistema-inspired music programs, where they lead rehearsals and sectionals, teach private lessons, and coach and perform with aspiring young music students. In addition, Longy performs more than 180 concerts annually in Cambridge and Boston that are free and open to the public.
“Our commitment to the community has played a pivotal role in our 100-year history,” said Longy Dean Wayman Chin,who was on hand to accept the award. “Instilling a keen sense of responsibility in our students that they use their artistry in ways that impact and engage the community is at the core of our mission. As we continue preparing for our upcoming centennial celebrations this fall, we are extremely grateful for such tremendous support from the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce and the many other members of the community who helped us achieve this honor.”
Other award recipients include Cambridge Trust Company, named the Corporate Citizen of the Year, Central Square Florist, the Small Business of the Year, and Biogen, the Leading Edge Award recipient.
Longy School of Music of Bard College is a degree-granting institution founded in 1915 by Georges Longy, an eminent musician who was the principal oboist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for three decades, to provide a new and innovative model for comprehensive training in musicianship and performance. In the fall of 2015, Longy will commence a year-long centennial celebration full of free masterclasses, lectures, and interactive performances and events. For more details, visit longy.edu/Longy100.
Dayla Arabella Santurri
Associate Director of Marketing & Communications
Longy School of Music of Bard College