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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The Multifaceted Career: Iris Cole

Wednesday • October 9, 2019   |   12:00 pm

Longy School of Music of Bard College is proud to present The Multifaceted Career Speaker Series featuring conversations with musicians who defy categorization. As an essential component of Longy’s career coaching program, this series fosters an exploration of how we (re)define individual success in our diverse and growing field.

Iris Cole is a classically-trained flutist, with degrees in performance, conducting and creative entrepreneurship from Louisiana State University and Berklee College of Music. She spent the first part of her career playing in orchestras and teaching music at the collegiate level.  

On a personal quest to discover the applications of her artistic skills, she pursued an opportunity in the non-profit sector, running The Character Council of Greater Cincinnati, a community-wide initiative promoting character, ethics and social responsibility. Iris is an entrepreneur and has started several companies including FEF Group, She Raises the Bar (a social responsibility/sustainability consulting firm), and most recently Do Good Artist, a social enterprise that moves the needle on social issues through multi-sector collaborations between the arts and other industries. Iris’ background and passion for the arts has made her a strong advocate for the arts and how the arts can impact our world.  

Ms. Cole is a champion of young artists and devotes a significant amount of time to help broaden their thinking and ability to apply their skills in multi-disciplinary environments. She has spearheaded various collaborative learning projects with universities in the state of North Carolina, in the Caribbean and abroad. She is a current fellow of the Kenan Institute for the Arts at UNCSA 

Iris serves on the Boards of the Hispanic League and Reynolda House, and is a founding member and Board Co-Chair of the Women’s Network of Winston-Salem. 


Wednesday • October 9, 2019
12:00 pm
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