World-class training for world-changing musicians
Longy is unlike any other conservatory in the world.
For centuries, conservatories have focused on training students to be elite performers, preparing for concert careers and orchestral positions. At Longy, we provide elite training and so much more.
While studying with some of the best musicians in the country, our students develop the skills needed to be a professional musician in a rapidly changing musical landscape.
Longy students find many paths to making a life in music and to making music matter:
- how to engage new audiences outside the concert hall, in schools, shelters and nontraditional settings;
- how to teach anyone, anywhere;
- and how to play a part in making music that can change lives in communities all around the world.
Longy students perform frequently in a number of settings: solo recitals, chamber music performances, Longy Conservatory Orchestra (LCO) concerts, operas, master classes, repertoire classes, and student concert series.
In addition, Longy students are active performers with prominent presenting organizations and ensembles throughout the Boston area, including:
- The Atlantic Symphony Orchestra
- Boston Baroque
- Boston Camerata
- Boston Landmarks Orchestra
- Boston Lyric Opera
- Boston Opera Collaborative
- The Boston Philharmonic
- Cape Symphony Orchestra
- Emmanuel Music
- The Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra
- Radius Ensemble
Chamber music is a vital part of Longy, and most students perform in a faculty-coached chamber ensemble each semester. Numerous ensembles allow students to explore everything from medieval, Renaissance, and baroque music to jazz, latin, avant garde, and free music.
Annual competitions include the Longy Concerto Competition, where winners perform as a soloist with the LCO in addition to the Longy Honors Competition.
Singers perform in opera scenes programs, one acts, recitals, vocal chamber music, and a Baroque opera project. The opera program also presents one full production with orchestra each spring.
Longy composers have their works performed frequently through department concerts, seminars, orchestra readings, and collaborations with ensembles-in-residence. Composers may also earn the opportunity for additional high-profile Longy performances through Longy's composition competitions.
We believe that teaching is essential for the future of our art and that good teaching should be a form of heightened, enlivened communication. Rather than focusing solely on acquiring pedagogical skills, we seek to draw out your latent expertise and help you communicate authentically.
All students participate in the Teaching Artist Program, a core component of Longy's curriculum that is designed to prepare students to make a difference in an increasingly diverse and complex world. The program places students on the other end of the teacher-student relationship and challenges them to think about new approaches to teaching and communication. The program culminates in student-designed musical projects in the community that reach thousands of people every year.
Longy's Los Angeles-based Masters of Arts in Teaching degree, in collaboration with Bard College and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is an El Sistema-inspired program that offers graduate study for musicians to respond to today's educational needs and participate in the growing El Sistema movement in the United States.
Modern musicians are required to be more than just technicians or craftsmen—they must have a deep understanding of the context of their art, the ability to think critically about their artistic choices, and the drive to engage in a continuous process of self-reflection.
Longy students are challenged to rethink the future of music performance, music education, and the role of music in society. Students carry this critical approach to existing as a musician to all aspects of their music-making, from the practice room to the concert hall and beyond.
Longy's Mind/Body offerings enable students to address the challenges they face as musicians and as people. Courses in mental preparation to performance, yoga, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Alexander Technique, and Feldenkrais all allow students to gain new insight into their approach to interpretation and performance.
The Teaching Artist Program helps students prepare for the new model of life as a modern musician, where engagement is essential and outreach means much more than merely performing in new venues.