Life @ Longy: Hannah Davidson, early music

Name: Hannah Davidson
Hometown: Belmont, MA 
Instrument/area of study: viola da gamba, Early Music
Degree program: Master of Music
Class of 2016

Briefly describe your ideal career:
Performing in early music ensembles, Renaissance and Baroque; being a founding member of a viol consort; teaching viol and viol consorts; working in a music library; writing poetry. 

Why did you choose to attend Longy?
Longy has, for a long time, had one of the best early music departments in this country; it is my good fortune that at least two of my most important teachers on the viola da gamba got their start at Longy, and one of them has been on faculty at Longy for many years. 

What do you think makes Longy special?
The Longy student body is wonderful in its diversity. People talk all the time, in a variety of languages, at lunch, in the library; and they act as partners in musical endeavors, share in recitals and concerts, and provide and enjoy parties – although I have been to very few of those!

How would you describe a typical school day?
A mixture of classes, practice time, rehearsals, and library work – and some conversational time, talking over lunch, or just relaxing.

What is your favorite aspect of the Longy curriculum?
I have been most happy with doing research. The Bakalar Library has a terrific collection, and other libraries are also available, through interlibrary loan, and the generosity of individual institutions in the Boston area. 

Biggest unexpected challenge in your coursework?
Keep going, believe in my own interests. 

What advice you would give to incoming/prospective students?
Don’t get behind in coursework; however, don’t get stuck with what bores you.

What’s your favorite non-musical activity?
Reading literature; walking/hiking; gardening.