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: Sarah Whitney

Wednesday • November 20, 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.

Praised by the Washington Post for her “marvelous violin acrobatics”, violinist Sarah Whitney is celebrated as a performer, teacher, entrepreneur, career coach, and musical maverick.  

She is a founding member of the acclaimed string quintet SYBARITE5, a 2011 Concert Artists Guild Competition winner, who’s latest album, Outliers, recently reached #1 on the classical Billboard charts. SYBARITE5 has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Aspen, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Grand Teton, and Ravinia Festivals, and on the CBS Early Show.  

Recognized as a pioneer in changing the perception of classical music and committing to building new audiences, in 2015, Sarah founded Beyond the Notes, an innovative concert series dedicated to breaking down the barriers between performers and the audience. Her diverse career has also included everything from performing with Alvin Ailey dancers to sharing the stage with NAS, Adele and Father John Misty.  

As a frequent clinician, she has worked with students leading masterclasses and workshops at institutions around the country, including the Curtis Institute, the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, University of Michigan, the Walnut Hill School, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She is also a Music Director for Lincoln Center Stage — an innovative partnership between Lincoln Center and the Holland-American Cruise Lines. Sarah’s writing is featured regularly in for Strings Magazine and 21CM.org, and her widely-read blog The Productive Musician focuses on health and wellness, productivity, and strategies for developing and maintaining an effective mindset. 


Wednesday • November 20, 2019
12:00 pm
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