In Residence

Longy is proud to provide students with additional instruction from exceptional musicians and ensembles at the height of their performing careers. Current residencies include:

A FAR CRY

Ensemble-in-Residence

Called a “world-wide phenomenon” by Boston’s WBUR, A Far Cry has nurtured a distinct approach to music-making since its founding in 2007. The self-conducted orchestra is a democracy in which decisions are made collectively and leadership rotates among the players (“Criers”). This structure has led to consistently thoughtful, innovative, and unpredictable programming—and impactful collaborations with celebrated performers and composers. A Far Cry has risen to the top of Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart, been named Boston’s best classical ensemble by The Improper Bostonian, and celebrated two Grammy nominations for its Visions and Variations. Boston Musical Intelligencer sums up the group: “In its first decade, this conductor-free ensemble has earned and sustained a reputation for top-drawer playing, engrossing programming, and outstanding guest artists.”

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BILL BANFIELD / IMAGINE ORCHESTRA

Senior Scholar in Residence / Ensemble-in-Residence

Bill Banfield’s remarkable career of arts leadership, scholarship, and musical innovation spans a wide array of roles—from Founding Director of the Center for Africana Studies at Berklee College of Music, to Research Associate for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage—and from national public radio show host with the Tavis Smiley Show to three-time Pulitzer Prize judge in American music. He is also an award-winning composer and conducts with acclaimed eclectic chamber ensemble Imagine Orchestra. As an author, he has penned six books on the intersection of music, cultural criticism and Blackness. “Bill Banfield is one of the most original voices on the scene today…His musings help us make sense of…change across generations, from jazz to hip-hop, the Harlem Renaissance to Cuba. They remind us that we each play a part, as makers, producers, listeners, or consumers, in the symphony of expression marking the beats of our journey here on earth.”—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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BOSTON OPERA COLLABORATIVE

Opera-Company-in-Residence

Boston Opera Collaborative offers fresh opera experiences that put our audiences in close contact with the power of the human voice. BOC’s year-round performance calendar features Boston’s brightest young talent in energetic and intimate productions of repertoire ranging from canon favorites to Boston premieres. The company brings opera into unexpected places and find new ways to tell familiar stories, inviting the uninitiated to see their first opera and welcoming the lifetime fan to engage with their unique brand of music theater. “Boston Opera Collaborative is a model for the art form and the future of opera.”—Jake Heggie, Composer, Dead Man Walking

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CASTLE OF OUR SKINS

Ensemble-in-Residence

Born out of the desire to foster cultural curiosity, Castle of our Skins is a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. From classrooms to concert halls, Castle of our Skins invites exploration into Black heritage and culture, spotlighting both unsung and celebrated figures of past and present.

 

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photo: Robert Torres

THE DU BOIS ORCHESTRA

Ensemble-in-Residence

Founded by Harvard students in 2015 to make music a means of overcoming social exclusion, the DBO has exploded onto the local musical scene. It performs to large, diverse audiences, and elevates underrepresented composers by performing their works alongside works from the traditional classical canon.

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HORSZOWSKI TRIO

Ensemble-in-Residence

In-residence at Longy since 2016, the Horszowski Trio (Hor-SHOV- ski) works closely with student chamber music groups in coachings, masterclasses, and performances throughout the academic year. Jesse Mills, Rieko Aizawa, and new member Ole Akahoshi are also faculty artists in Longy’s violin, piano, and cello departments, respectively. Many years of close friendship had created a deep trust between the players, which in turn sparks exhilarating expressive freedom.

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NEAVE TRIO

Alumni Artists / Ensemble-in-Residence

Hailed by critics for its “bright and radiant music making” (Robert Sherman, WQXR Radio), praised for its “heart on-sleeve performances” (Classical New Jersey), the Neave Trio has been described as “a revelation” (San Diego News), “a consummate ensemble” (Palm Beach Daily Reader), and “a brilliant trio” (MusicWeb International), who has “exceeded the gold standard and moved on to platinum” (Fanfare Magazine). The Boston Musical Intelligencer ranked the Neave Trio among the finest chamber ensembles of their generation, citing their Rockport International Chamber Music Festival debut as among the “Best of 2014”, writing: “it is inconceivable that they will not soon be among the busiest chamber ensembles going” (Brightness and Radiance at Rockport, Steven Ledbetter). Trio members hail from the United States, Japan and Russia. As one of the finest emerging young chamber ensembles, the Neave Trio has been enjoying tremendous international success on concert series and at festivals worldwide.

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RADIUS ENSEMBLE

Ensemble-in-Residence

Named Boston’s Best Classical Ensemble 2016 by the Improper Bostonian, and winner of a 2013 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Radius Ensemble’s thoughtfully curated programs balance old and new, with repertoire ranging from beloved masterworks to riveting new music – brilliantly performed by some of the best Boston-based musicians. Radius’s go-for-broke performances are interspersed with “live liner notes,” brief remarks that enlighten and entertain. Musicians, composers, and listeners truly connect.

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