22 / 23 SEASON

For Longy’s 2022–2023 event season, we invite you to leave all preconceptions at home.

Musical experiences can have any starting point. Whether born of complex ideas, emotional impulses, or spontaneous inspiration, every music maker begins wherever they are—which is exactly where they need to be.

Just as there’s no right way, no single starting line for becoming a musician, composer, or performer, there’s no one correct entry point for us as the audience. There’s no required reading for experiencing a piece of music, no prerequisite understanding or context to bring with you to a musical experience. You come to it from wherever you are.

In relinquishing our ideas of what a musical experience should be, we open ourselves to receiving and internalizing music in a way that is unique and true to each of us.

Every artist, composer, and musician represented in this season’s program took a different path to arrive at Longy, detours and scenic routes included. We hope the stories on our stages this year inspire you to begin your own new journey, no matter where you start. Allow yourself to begin wherever you are.

When there’s no set path to follow, you become free to begin anywhere.

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Graduate Student Recital | Calm in the Midst of Chaos | Hollyn Slykhuis, trumpet

Wednesday, March 9 2022   |   7:30 pm

Free – $20.00

Hollyn Slykhuis is a trumpet player and music educator forging a career in advocacy for historically underrepresented voices in music and music education. Her work commissioning and premiering new works by women has been featured on I Care if You Listen.

Hollyn has performed professionally with the Opera Louisiane, Theater Baton Rouge, and the Cool Winter Nights big band. She also won a professional position on the substitute list for the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. She has commissioned and premiered several works for solo trumpet, trumpet and electronics, and chamber music featuring trumpet by composers including Lara Poe, Anne McAninch, and Samara Rice.

Hollyn has maintained a private trumpet studio for 5 years, instructed group and private trumpet lessons at multiple El Sistema programs across the nation, worked with the world-renowned YOLA program run by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, taught music abroad in Chile, and designed and implemented a music curriculum for students with exceptionalities as the Music Director for the LSU Prism Project.

Hollyn graduated summa cum laude with College Honors from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree, and is a certified K-12 music educator. There she studied trumpet with Drs. Brian Shaw and Matthew Vangjel. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music in Trumpet Performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College and studies with Ashley Hall.


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Wednesday, March 9 2022
7:30 pm
Free – $20.00
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States