Longy's Divergent Studio

Application for Summer 2018 coming soon!

June 10-17, 2018

Whether you’re part of an ensemble, a soloist, or a composer, there’s always something new to discover. At Longy’s Divergent Studio you’ll experience a whirlwind week where composition and performance intersect in new and exciting ways. Let renowned Longy faculty guide you down new paths towards boundless opportunities.

Pre-formed ensembles and individual performers have the option of studying chamber music masterworks with the Neave Trio or contemporary chamber works with loadbang. No matter which you choose, you will plunge into an intensive week led by two of today’s leading ensembles.

For composers, the opportunities are rich—work closely with Longy’s composition faculty and hear your music performed by Divergent Studio performers, along with the Neave Trio and loadbang.

Join us and make connections, make discoveries, and make new music, together!

loadbang Contemporary Chamber Connection


Study with the world class faculty of the 2017 Longy Contemporary Chamber Music Institute that includes the members of one of the country’s most active new music ensembles, loadbang, in addition to pianist Donald Berman. Loadbang’s member include bass clarinetist Carlos Cordeiro, vocalist Jeffrey Gavett, trumpeter Andy Kozar, and trombonist William Lang. Participants will have daily coachings, student and faculty performances, and seminars on subjects including atonal and microtonal ear training, performing with electronics, complex rhythms, grant writing, and career development.

Neave Trio Next Generation Chamber Exchange


Spend a week in historic Cambridge, Massachusetts, just outside Iconic Harvard Square, rehearsing and performing with the internationally acclaimed Neave Trio. Participants will experience playing in an ensemble with Trio members as well as daily lessons, coachings, masterclasses and seminars geared towards the needs of young musicians. The week will culminate in a public performance at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. 

Divergent Composition Workshop


Longy's Divergent Studio offers a unique experience which enables participants to work closely with world-class faculty composers as well as collaborate with new music ensemble extraordinaire, loadbang, and the dynamic Neave Trio.  This week-long chamber music intensive offers opportunities to have your music performed in Divergent concerts, network with other participants, and hear daily performances by Divergent students and faculty. 

Program highlights:  

  • Hear your music performed by members of loadbang and/or the Neave Trio
  • Coaching with Divergent faculty 
  • Composition lessons/small group masterclasses with Divergent Composition faculty
  • Daily workshops covering both analytical and compositional topics 
  • Program-wide seminars on topics including atonal and microtonal ear training, performing with electronics, complex rhythms, grant writing, and career development
  • Daily concerts featuring Divergent faculty 


Donald Berman, piano
Andy Kozar, loadbang, trumpet
Carlos Cordeiro, loadbang, bass clarinet
Jeffrey Gavett, loadbang voice
William Lang, loadbang trombone
Anna Marie Williams, Neave Trio, violin
Mikhail Veselov, Neave Trio, cello
Eri Nakamura, Neave Trio, piano
Aaron Helgeson, composer
Jeremy Van Buskirk, composer
Kate Soper, guest composition faculty
John Morrison, composer
Paul Brust, composer

Important Dates

Institute Dates - June 10-17, 2018


Regular Registration: $700

All accepted students must make a deposit via Paypal of $200. 


Students who need accommodations may stay in the dorms at Lesley University, which is approximately a 5-minute walk from Longy. According to demand housing can be arranged at Lesley University. Learn more


If you have any questions regarding the institute or how to apply, please contact: 

Jeremy Van Buskirk
Acting Chair of Composition and Theory