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 • Castle of Our SkinsDaniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) Artist Activist-in-Residence • Horszowski TrioImagine Orchestra Ensemble-in-Residence / William C. Banfield Senior-Scholar-in-Residence • MassOpera Opera Company-in-Residence • Palaver Strings
Radius Ensemble Artist Residency



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.”



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.

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)

Artist Activist-in-Residence

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) is a prolific and endlessly collaborative composer, performer, educator, and social entrepreneur. “About as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (New York Times), DBR has worked with artists from Philip Glass to Bill T. Jones to Lady Gaga; appeared on NPR, American Idol, and ESPN; and has collaborated with the Sydney Opera House and the City of Burlington, Vermont. Acclaimed as a violinist and activist, DBR’s career spans more than two decades, earning commissions by venerable artists and institutions worldwide.

FALL 2022: Longy Names Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) First Artist Activist-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.


William C. Banfield, Senior Scholar 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.

SPRING 2022: Longy School of Music of Bard College Appoints First Senior Scholar in Residence William C. Banfield


Longy and MassOpera announce a new partnership beginning in Fall 2022 to give Longy vocal students the tools to level up. Singers in an intensive Artist Training program will benefit from one-on-one studio time, coaching sessions with MassOpera, and guaranteed casting in a professional production or event. Workshops for all Longy vocalists will range from negotiation and networking to brand-building and social media—a chance to dive deep into the extra-musical skills that are essential for working artists. Catch an excerpt here of MassOpera’s New Opera Workshop Concert Performance of Dan Shore’s Freedom Ride (2019), featuring Longy alumni Miracle Ogbor, Todd McNeel, Jr., Kristen Buabin, Tatum Robertson, Jessica Trainor Tasucu, Fred C. VanNess, and Xinyue Zhang!”>MassOpera strives to be an ever-evolving and responsive performing arts organization, with a commitment to telling new stories, creating opportunities that otherwise would not exist, and representing all forms of diversity on stage and off. Singers in an intensive Artist Training program will benefit from one-on-one studio time, coaching sessions, and guaranteed casting in a professional production or event. Workshops for all Longy vocalists range from negotiation and networking to brand-building and social media—the extra-musical skills that are essential for working artists.

Opera-Company-in-Residence: Longy & MassOpera Join Forces



Palaver Strings is a musician-led string ensemble and nonprofit organization based in Portland, ME. Founded in 2014, Palaver has established itself as a forward-thinking ensemble whose mission is to strengthen and inspire community through music. In their musician-led model, Palaver’s musicians share artistic and administrative leadership, guided by a passion for engaging new audiences, addressing social justice issues, and amplifying underrepresented voices. Each year, Palaver presents a full series of live performances featuring diverse musical programming, cross-genre projects, and community collaborations.



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.


In a two-year residency ​for artists wishing to push their creativity and develop innovative new work in a laboratory setting, the Resident Artists create projects in dialogue with each other, with mentors, and with the Longy community. The residencies include documentation of the creative process and culminate in public presentations of projects.

Sid Richardson
Composer Sid Richardson writes concert music that imbues modern idioms with emotional grit and wit. His work explores the intersections of music and literature, drawing inspiration from a wide swath of authors, poets, and playwrights. Richardson leverages pre-existing texts to create a metaphorical resonance with the source material in pieces that weave literary elements into formal, rhythmic, and harmonic structures. He is constantly on the lookout to explore new sound worlds, collaborations, and technologies with his music.

Bahar Royaee
Born and raised in Iran, Bahar Royaee is a composer of concert and incidental music. Her compositions are a mixture of timbral and sound-based atmospheric structures, interspersed with lyrical influences derived from her Iranian background. Her works have been performed worldwide, including Italy, Greece, Germany, Canada, Iran, and the USA. Bahar was recently recognized as a runner-up in National Sawdust’s 2018-19 Hildegard Competition. Other awards include the Roger Sessions Memorial Composition Award, Walter W. Harp Music & Society Award, John Bavicchi Memorial Prize, and the Korourian Electroacoustic Award.

Samantha Wolf
Described as “haunting”, “enigmatic”, and “inspired”, the music of Australian-born, US-based composer Samantha Wolf blends the classical, contemporary, acoustic, and electroacoustic worlds, while being grounded in the notated tradition. Although she specializes in instrumental and electroacoustic music, her diverse catalogue includes orchestral, vocal, dramatic, electronic, radio, and multimedia works, and theatrical sound design. Current and future projects include scores for two upcoming feature films, major new works for the Brisbane Music Festival and Ensemble Offspring, and her first full-length opera.

clockwise: first guest mentor Elizabeth Margolius,
artists-in-residence Sid Richardson, Samantha Wolf, and Bahar Royaee.