Too Marvelous for Words, Longy School of Music of Bard College 2024 Gala featuring Stephanie Blythe and Ryan McCullough performing the songs of Johnny Mercer

Longy’s 2024 Gala

Too Marvelous for Words

Featuring Stephanie Blythe and Ryan McCullough performing the songs of Johnny Mercer

Friday, April 5, 2024
Cocktail Hour 6:30 p.m. ET
Concert 7:30 p.m. ET
Pickman Hall
Festive Attire

This event is currently sold out. Check back on April 1 to see if any seats have become available! You may still make a gift in lieu of attendance at the link below.

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Join Longy for an elegant night Too Marvelous for Words!

Come Rain or Come Shine, we’ll celebrate all the ways Longy and its Out of This World students make a difference with their music. Pick an outfit that Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ates the Positive, and get ready for an intimate evening of inspirational performances!

All gala proceeds support scholarships for musicians who have the potential to make a difference in the world and innovative programs that expand what a life in music can mean.


Recipient of the 2024 Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented by Jamie Bernstein

“I think that all of us, no matter what we do in our lifetimes, need to be a champion for what we do.” -Stephanie Blythe

This year, Longy honors renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe—opera singer, recitalist, and one of the most highly respected and critically acclaimed artists of her generation. Ms. Blythe made her professional opera debut at the Metropolitan Opera as the Voice from Above in Wagner’s Parsifal in 1995. Since then, she’s had a rich and diverse career traversing genres, bending genders, and gracing stages around the world from Carnegie Hall to Paris National Opera. Ms. Blythe was named Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year in 2009, received an Opera News Award in 2007, won the Tucker Award in 1999, and is the first woman in professional opera history to perform the baritone title role in Gianni Schicchi.

Ms. Blythe embodies many of the key values cultivated at Longy, including the freedom to explore, creative thought and innovation, and the joy of making and sharing music with others.

Ms. Blythe appears by arrangement with Opus 3 Artists.


Jo Frances Meyer

Sandra Bakalar

Martha Bacigalupo
Rhaea D’Aliesio
Garth and Lindsay Greimann
Win Quayle
Robert Straus
Ann Welch
Karen Zorn

*as of 2/28/2024