This fall, experience Longy through interactive masterclasses and workshops and learn how to make your music matter.

10/15 Mindfulness & the Voice, David Small
10/29 Music Transforms Lives, Jamie Hillman
11/12 Six Degrees of Beethoven, Rieko Aizawa
12/3 Say It With Improv, Noah Preminger
12/10 Bach & A Baroque Frame of Mind, Sarah Darling

OCTOBER

October 15
Mindfulness & the Voice
Interactive Masterclass
David Small
Have you ever battled with stage fright, negative self-talk, or imposter syndrome? The fight-or-flight instincts that may have protected us in the past are simply not helpful when you’re auditioning for an opera company or playing a senior recital. There is an antidote to this performer’s kryptonite: mindfulness. Try mindfulness practices and address any roadblocks you’ve encountered, to make those times you are “in the moment” and “one with the music”—your peak performance—your default experience.

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October 29
Music Transforms Lives
Interactive Workshop
Jamie Hillman
Music has the power to transform lives and build bridges between musicians, audiences, and students. Experience first-hand how Longy will prepare you to make a real impact in communities around the world—including prisons, hospitals, homeless shelters, hospices, and assisted living facilities, in addition to more traditional concert environments. Work directly with Dr. Hillman, who draws on his experience founding a participatory music program at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk.

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NOVEMBER

November 12
Six Degrees of Beethoven
Interactive Masterclass
Rieko Aizawa
Happy 250th birthday, Beethoven! Let’s reexamine this icon who pushed the limits of music and inspired countless composers to follow in his footsteps. Take a panoramic look at his sonatas through the eyes of a pianist, a chamber musician, and a conductor. Fun fact: surprisingly only four hops generationally and…Aizawa studied with Horszowski, who studied with Leschetizky, who studied with Czerny, who studied with Beethoven!

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DECEMBER

December 3
Say It With Improv
Interactive Masterclass
Noah Preminger
Develop your improvisational voice as a modern player and gain insight into how studying at Longy can help you develop your own vision, identity, and path forward. We’ll field topics from the details of improv repertoire to the big picture of forging your career in music. This interactive workshop welcomes all curious musicians and prospective students—bring an instrument to play!

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December 10
Bach & A Baroque Frame of Mind
Interactive Masterclass
Sarah Darling
What can we discover from the past to make our performances livelier now? To put Bach into context, we’ll nerd out about the equipment and documents of the time, including the practice of ornamentation and the role baroque and classical bows play in shaping a phrase. We’ll also explore the ideas of “translating history” and “rhetorical playing”…and perhaps even examine what baroque composers might have had for lunch. Bring curiosity and an instrument!

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December 17
Building Equitable Communities as Teaching Artists
Interactive Workshop
Ndindi Kitonga
Develop a repertoire of practical strategies to use in your work as a teaching artist. Together, we’ll explore identity, difference, and power, and share ideas for community-building, decolonizing arts spaces, and building anti-oppression into our pedagogy. Because teaching artists often work in informal, non-traditional, and under-resourced spaces, we’ll also discuss creative and community-minded ways to build and sustain robust arts programs.

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LISTEN in and talk back with our speaker series:

November 3
The Multifaceted Career Speaker Series: Cultural Collaboration & Social Responsibility, Cristina Pato
Cristina Pato is a master of Galician bagpipes (gaita), classical pianist, and passionate educator. Her professional life is devoted to cultural exchange, forging new paths for her instrument, and music education. She’s Silkroad’s Learning Advisor and has been an artist-in-residence and professor at universities from Harvard to NYU and UCSB, where she develops interdisciplinary learning projects on the arts in society.

November 24
The Multifaceted Career Speaker Series: Equity & Freedom through Music, Anthony R. Green
Anthony R. Green is a composer, performer, and social justice artist whose various creative and pedagogical projects have been presented in at least 25 countries worldwide. He specializes in piano performance, experimental vocalizations, improvisation, movement, and performance art. He is also the co-founder and associate director of Longy Ensemble-in-Residence Castle of our Skins, dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music.

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