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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Victor Effiong, voice | Graduate Student Recital

Thursday • April 22, 2021   |   4:30 pm

Final recital 2021

Sir Victor Effiong, tenor, MM, BA, AA – hails from Calabar, Cross River State of Nigeria, in West Africa.

He is the first of five Children. He studied Social Work from the University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria before opting for music later. Victor’s inspiration came after watching the Opera legend Pavarotti on television.

He applied and auditioned at Berklee College of music in Boston, Massachusetts, and was admitted in January 2013. Since Opera and conducting was his passion and not Jazz, he later moved to Oklahoma, where he continued his studies and obtained an Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies, Music Option, from Rose State College in Midwest City, Oklahoma in the Spring of 2015.

In the fall of 2015, Victor continued school, studying Opera/vocal performance and conducting at Cameron University, Lawton Oklahoma. His performances in academics, Choir and Opera earned him the McMahon Scholar of the year and the most exemplary chorister of the year 2015/2016. Victor graduated with Honors with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and a minor in Psychology and was the only graduating student from the music department of Cameron University in the fall of 2016.

Victor has a master’s degree in music from the Longy School of Music of Bard college, in Cambridge Massachusetts.

Victor is also in his last semester for his second master’s degree at Longy school of music of Bard College studying Master of Music in Music Education. He is graduating in May 15, 2021. He is a Certified Music Practitioner Candidate, a Graduate fellow, and was the Vice President of the Longy Students Association in the 2019/2020 school year. He plans to work in a hospital as a licensed/certified Music Practitioner after graduate school and later, go into Medical School to become an Optometrist. He also hopes to become a Professor at a College or University in the years that follow. Victor plans to start a school in Nigeria to help children from poverty-stricken homes acquire formal education.

Victor is a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and a member of the largest philanthropic organization in the world, The LIONS Clubs International.


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Thursday • April 22, 2021
4:30 pm
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