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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Jane Hershey, Viol da Gamba | Faculty Artist Recital

Wednesday, February 23 2022   |   7:30 pm

This event will be rescheduled. Stay tuned for a new date.

More information coming soon!



Jane Hershey began her musical studies at the Longy School of Music of Bard College with Gian Silbiger; she continued at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague, studying viola da gamba with Wieland and Sigiswald Kuijken, and recorder with Frans Brueggen.

Early in her career, she toured and recorded with the Boston Camerata.  Since that time, she has performed on both viola da gamba and violone with many ensembles, such as Hesperus, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Emmanuel Music, and Monadnock Music.  She is a regular member of the Carthage Consort, which has performed at the American Repertory Theater’s production of “Dido, Queen of Carthage,” in the Aston Magna Festival, and as a featured ensemble at the Viola da Gamba Society’s annual Conclave.  She is a longtime member of the Arcadia Players of western Massachusetts, as well as Arcadia Viols.  Ms. Hershey can be heard on a 2005 recording of the music of Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, with Frances Fitch and friends.

In addition to teaching in both the Continuing Studies and Conservatory divisions at the Longy School of Bard College, she has directed the Tufts Early Music Ensemble since 1995, and has taught viol to students of all ages for many years at the Powers Music School.  She is active in the Viola da Gamba Society of America, serving on its Board of Directors and directing many workshops, most recently the 2011 Wieland Kuijken Residency.


Wednesday, February 23 2022
7:30 pm
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States