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.
The Longy Conservatory Orchestra (LCO), conducted by Sean Wang, explores a wide range of exciting repertoire with an emphasis on the classical and romantic orchestral canon, but often featuring 20th-century masterpieces and collaborations with living composers in world premieres. Concerts are carefully programmed to highlight the musical connections between composers and musical styles.
Recent soloists have included Mihail Jojatu, Kenneth Radnofsky, Thomas Meglioranza, Keisuke Wakao, Karyl Ryczek, Laura Bossert, Wayman Chin, Michael Wayne, and Timo Andres as well as Longy student concerto competition winners.
The LCO presents concerts in Longy's Pickman Hall and in off-campus venues such as Sanders Theatre at Harvard University and the Richard B. Fisher Center at Bard College. The LCO collaborates with Longy's opera department to perform one fully-staged opera each year and with Longy's composition department in readings and performances of student compositions.
Sectionals and training sessions with Longy faculty members, including members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, provide students with well-rounded instruction in orchestral technique and professional practice.
Office: Rey-Waldstein Building (33 Garden St.), 2nd Floor
Georges Longy’s belief in the power of collaboration inspires the central role of chamber music in our conservatory. Students work closely with faculty coaches every semester and explore ensemble playing through coursework, informal readings, and community outreach. In addition to semesterly chamber music concerts and frequent outreach opportunities, student groups may also audition to participate in the annual Student Voices concert and the year-end Honors Concert.
Dr. Jeremy Van Buskirk, Chair of Chamber Music & Composition
Longy students in the Opera program present a fully-staged opera every year alongside the Longy Conservatory Orchestra in Longy's Pickman Hall. Collaborating closely with faculty coaches and their peers, full productions give students the opportunity to cultivate realistic characters and further develop their voice. The Opera program also presents multiple programs of scenes spanning the operatic literature.
Recent opera productions include:
- Les contes d'Hoffman by Jacques Offenbach
- Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss
- Don Giovanni by Mozart
- La Rondine by Puccini
- Mahagonny Songspiel by Weill
- The Medium by Menotti
The Longy Conservatory Orchestra holds an annual Concerto Competition in the spring semester. The competition is open to all Longy students, including both instrumentalists and vocal or opera students. Concerto competition winners will perform with the LCO during the following academic year.
The Honors Competition gives students the opportunity to showcase their work on solo and chamber music. Winners have performed a wide variety of works, including pieces from the standard repertoire, early music, jazz, and new music by Longy composers. Entrants are nominated by a faculty member, and the winners are featured in the Honors Concert, held at the end of the year in Pickman Hall.
Learn more about Student Competitions, including recent winners.