Leadership

From our President, to our Dean, to every one of our Board of Governors, our leadership is dedicated to creating a stimulating, nurturing, and inclusive environment for our students.

A Message from Our President

KAREN ZORN, President

Karen Zorn has been President of Longy School of Music of Bard College since 2007. With the merger of Longy and Bard College in 2012, she assumed the role of Vice President, Bard College. Since her arrival, Zorn has led Longy through a process of radical change unprecedented in its 100-year history. A fearless educational entrepreneur, she has balanced the budget, boosted enrollment, executed a merger with Bard College and established partnerships with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and FundaMusical of Venezuela (El Sistema) to launch innovative programs of study and community engagement. These include the Take a Stand program and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Music education program, based in Los Angeles, as well as teaching by Longy Conservatory students in public schools, community centers, prisons, nursing homes, and other external venues where the traditions of music education can contribute to public life.

A Wisconsin native and Boston resident, Zorn is herself a classically trained musician, having been educated as a pianist at Goshen College in Indiana and later receiving a master’s degree in piano performance at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Prior to her tenure at Longy, Zorn served as Associate Provost at Berklee College of Music and held the roles of Acting Director and Director of Instruction at MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis. She has taught as a member of the faculties of Berklee, MacPhail, and the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

JUDITH BOSE, Dean

Judith Bose comes to Longy having worked as an independent arts education consultant with decades of experience specializing in curriculum development and the intersection of cultural organizations, schools, teachers and teaching artists. She has worked with WolfBrown arts research firm on various projects, including the first ever evaluation of El Sistema-inspired programs in the U.S.; as Creative Education Director for the Vermont Community Engagement Lab; as Community Engagement Consultant with From the Top; and as a student in the Music for Healing and Transition ProgramTM (MHTP).

An active soprano in the Boston area, Dr. Bose previously served as the Director of Teacher Education and Educational Initiatives at Longy, where she helped to develop an innovative Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Music degree program and led the Teaching Artist Program. Dr. Bose has also taught Teaching Artistry on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. In New York, she was a master music teaching artist at the Lincoln Center Institute and the New York Philharmonic for ten years, and she has worked with numerous schools and cultural organizations both nationally and internationally.

Jeremy Van BuskirkJEREMY VAN BUSKIRK, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

In addition to serving as Longy’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Jeremy Van Buskirk teaches Composition and Theory and Computer Music. Recent performances of his large ensemble music have included concerts in Carnegie Hall and Chicago Symphony Center. A native of Lockport, New York, Jeremy’s early musical training began with piano and saxophone. Although, life changed forever at age 12 when he picked up a bass guitar and discovered his passion for writing and improvising music. Jeremy has a passion for electroacoustic music pedagogy. To this end, he has developed several software applications designed to teach electroacoustic music composition.

Ian SaundersIAN SAUNDERS, Assistant Dean for Artistic and Social Change

Ian Saunders comes to Longy having worked as an educator and performer after receiving his Musical Arts doctorate from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining Longy, Dr. Saunders was the Classical Roots Coordinator at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, where he began his relationship with the Orchestra as a Diversity Fellow. Previously, Saunders was the Associate Dean of Students at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Ann WelchANN WELCH, Chief Operating Officer

Ann Welch joined Longy in 2013 and became Chief Operating Officer in 2016. Over her tenure, Ann has overseen Longy’s strategic plan, shaping curricular and programmatic innovation to transform conservatory education. In addition to developing and teaching Longy’s entrepreneurship program, Ann serves on the design teams for key initiatives. She has held several roles at Longy, including Director of Strategic Initiatives and Acting Chief Financial Officer. With oversight of the Operations team, Ann has functional responsibility for the business office, human resources, labor relations, facilities, and IT.

Ann’s career prioritized the arts and nonprofit sector for nearly twenty years. She served as Director of Development for the Austin Film Society (TX), and as an Executive Director at CCS, providing development consulting and capital campaign management to education, healthcare, and cultural nonprofits in New York and Georgia. Ann has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and BA from Vassar College.

John GalvinJOHN GALVIN, Chief Financial Officer

John started at Longy in the May of 2015 as the Director of Finance and in the following year was elevated to senior staff as the Chief Financial Officer. As a finance professional, John has 30 years of experience in both the corporate and higher education sectors. Prior to joining Longy, John served as a Finance Director at both Curry College and Boston College where his responsibilities were primarily focused on Financial Planning & Analysis, Payroll and Procurement. A native of Massachusetts, John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Rochester and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University. John and his wife Susan are residents of Needham.

Allison CooleyALLISON COOLEY, Chief Development Officer

Allison Cooley joined the senior leadership team of Longy School of Music of Bard College in March 2020 as its Chief Development Officer. Previously, she held the position of Senior Individual Giving Officer at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Cooley studied vocal performance and music education at Ithaca College before receiving her master’s degree in Arts Administration at Teachers College/Columbia University. She has worked at arts and cultural organizations including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Jewish Heritage and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras.

Garth GreimannGARTH GREIMANN

Chair of the Board of Governors

Garth Greimann is a Senior Advisor to Berkshire Partners. He joined Berkshire in 1989 and became a Managing Director in 1994, then in 2006 transitioned to the position of Chief Administrative Officer. Garth earned his BA from Dartmouth College. He plays French horn with Longy’s Sistema Side-by-Side Orchestra and in several community ensembles. He joined Longy’s Board in Fall 2014 and assumed role of Chair in 2018.

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Garth Greimann, Chair
Matina Horner, Vice-Chair
Dwight Quayle, Secretary
Roland Augustine
Sandra Bakalar
+ Leon Botstein, President, Bard College
Gene D. Dahmen
Robert S. Epstein
Harriet E. Griesinger
Michael Guleserian
Rosanne Kumins
Bronwyn Lamont

Ruth M. McKay
Virginia Meany
Jo Frances Meyer
Kristin A. Mortimer
Janet Plotkin
Donald W. Schroeder
Robert B. Straus
Jeannette H. Taylor
+ Taun Toay, Chief Financial Officer, Bard College
+ Ann Welch, Chief Operating Officer, Longy School of Music of Bard College
+ Karen Zorn, President, Longy School of Music of Bard College; Vice President, Bard College
(+ ex-officio)