The Strings program at Longy balances repertoire, pedagogy, and musicianship with frequent performance opportunities. Our faculty, consisting of active performers and respected pedagogues, are well versed in various stylistic approaches within a wide range of repertoire, from early Baroque music to new compositions. The commitment to individual attention from faculty mentors, ensemble playing, small class sizes, and cross-departmental activities creates a uniquely encouraging and collaborative learning environment.
Your Longy Experience
“Students in Longy's Strings department learn not only from their studio teachers, but also from one another. The latter, in fact, is one of our greatest strengths, thanks to a close-knit and supportive musical community that elicits constructive feedback.”Sean WangDepartment Chair of Strings
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.
Master Classes and Seminars: Through workshops, master classes, discussions, and presentations, weekly seminars offer insight regarding interpretation, repertoire, and performance practice. 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.
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.
Pedagogy: We believe that 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. Students are placed in partnering schools and youth music organizations for a teaching practicum.
Orchestral Repertoire: Courses examine standard orchestral repertoire, focusing on elements of technique and style including bowing, intonation, and rhythm. Particular emphasis is placed on orchestral audition preparation.
Longy Conservatory Orchestra: The Longy Conservatory Orchestra presents six concerts and one opera per season, exploring a wide range of repertoire encompassing baroque and contemporary music in addition to the classical and romantic canon.
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.