Collaborative Piano

Longy’s Collaborative Piano program prepares advanced pianists for careers in chamber music, vocal coaching, and accompanying. Close coordination among faculty and frequent performance opportunities ensure that each student gains the skills necessary to be a conversant, flexible, and sensitive collaborator.

Programs Available

Program Highlights

Studio Lessons: Collaboration with a faculty mentor is the cornerstone of conservatory education at Longy. Together you will explore your unique artistic and professional goals while expanding technical and musical insight. Studio lessons primarily address collaborative works, while continuing to develop fundamental pianistic skills through solo literature.

Master Classes and Seminars: Through workshops, master classes, discussions, and presentations, weekly seminars offer insight regarding interpretation, repertoire, and performance practice. Recent guests have included pianists Irma Vallecillo, Martin Katz, and Karl Paulnack, violist Lila Brown, and members of the Pacifica Quartet.  Through a special partnership with Celebrity Series of Boston, emerging artists in its Debut Series present exclusive workshops and master classes with Longy students throughout the year.

Collaboration: As the name of the program suggests, collaborative majors work closely with other musicians and are extremely involved in the musical life of the school. Repertoire courses allow students to work with numerous instrumentalists, singers, and faculty coaches, and studio accompanying opportunities provide additional experience with art song, operatic, and instrumental repertoire.

Chamber Music: Georges Longy’s belief in the power of collaboration inspires the central role of chamber music in our conservatory. You will work closely with faculty coaches every semester and will explore ensemble playing through coursework, informal readings, and community outreach.

Learning to Coach: Courses cover various aspects of instrumental and vocal coaching in practical settings and explore teaching as 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. Longy also offers extensive coursework in art song and opera repertoire, chamber music literature, and diction to order to provide pianists with the skills necessary to work with singers and instrumentalists.

Teaching Artist Program: Required of all students, this two-semester program includes active learning experiences, discussions, foundational readings, and interactive presentations. It culminates in student-designed and student-led musical projects in various community venues throughout the Greater Boston area.


Brian Moll, Chair

Wayman Chin

Robert Merfeld

Spencer Myer

Esther Ning Yau

Noriko Yasuda

A Day in the Life: Abigail Gower, Collaborative Piano

Name: Abigail Gower 
Hometown: Gardiner, ME  
Area of study: Collaborative Piano 
Degree program: Master of Music  
Expected graduation date: Spring, 2017

Briefly describe your ideal career: After finishing my master's, I would like to get my PhD and work as a professor at a University or College, where I would be able to teach privately and have an entire faculty of talented and passionate musicians to collaborate with.

Why did you choose to attend Longy?
When I was looking for graduate schools to apply for, I knew I wanted to move to the Boston area. The music scene here is thriving, and it’s friendlier and more intimate than NYC. It’s honestly the best place to study on the East Coast. After touring and having meetings at all of the conservatories in Boston, I decided to go to Longy because I really connected with the teachers. They are so passionate about sharing the knowledge they have, and they really care about your growth as a musician in every way. I also liked the atmosphere here...

Click here to learn more about Abby's experience studying Collaborative Piano at Longy.