Brass / Woodwinds Faculty

At Longy, we give our students incredible agency over the shape and focus of their education—all within a close-knit community of musical learning and creation, in a city with one of the country’s most vibrant and diverse musical scenes!
— Andy Kozar, chair

Meet Andy Kozar, Brass / Woodwinds Chair

I see myself working in existing programs that use music as a vehicle for social change, as well as blazing new paths. I want everyone, regardless of background, to have a positive and meaningful interaction with music, and I am committed to making that a reality.
— Hollyn Slykhuis

Meet Hollyn Slykhuis, MM Trumpet '22
Program Highlights

Guided by Longy’s experienced faculty mentors, Brass and Woodwinds students build upon technical training to diversify and expand their skillsets to navigate the professional world. Students participate in solo, chamber, and orchestral performances, from classical staples to custom-commissioned contemporary music. By engaging in courses that feed into Longy’s broader mission of social justice and music equity, graduates emerge as well-rounded musicians who are capable of changing the face of classical music–and changing the world.

Course HIGHLIGHTS
Create Your Own Gigs!
In this course, students will be led systematically through the process of creating a concert from beginning to end. How do you write a bio? What’s a press release? Who do you send it to?
Ensemble Uncaged
Ensemble Uncaged, Longy’s premier contemporary music ensemble, will perform a wide variety of 20th- and 21st-century works by a diverse array of living and (recently) dead composers.

Visit a day in the life of Jessica Wu. flute

More Program Highlights

Studio Lessons: Collaboration with a faculty mentor is the cornerstone of conservatory education at Longy. Together you will explore your unique artistic and professional goals while expanding technical and musical insight.

Master Classes and Seminars: Through workshops, master classes, discussions, and mock auditions, frequent seminars offer insight into interpretation, orchestral and ensemble repertoire, and performance practice. Through a special partnership with Celebrity Series of Boston, emerging artists in its Debut Series present exclusive workshops and master classes with Longy students throughout the year.

Chamber Music: Georges Longy’s belief in the power of collaboration inspires the central role of chamber music in our conservatory. You will work closely with faculty coaches every semester and explore ensemble playing through coursework, informal readings, and community outreach.

Pedagogy: We believe that teaching should be a form of heightened, enlivened communication. Rather than focusing solely on acquiring pedagogical skills, we seek to draw out your latent expertise and help you communicate authentically. Students are placed in partnering schools and youth music organizations for a teaching practicum.

Orchestral Repertoire: Courses explore the standard orchestral repertoire, focusing on technique and style. Particular emphasis is placed on orchestral audition preparation.

Longy Conservatory Orchestra: The Longy Conservatory Orchestra presents six concerts and one opera per season, exploring a wide range of repertoire encompassing baroque and contemporary music in addition to the classical and romantic canon.

Teaching Artist Program: Required of all students, this two-semester program includes active learning experiences, discussions, foundational readings, and interactive presentations. It culminates in student-designed and student-led musical projects in various community venues throughout the Greater Boston area.

DEGREE & DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS