Divergent Studio
New Music – Chamber Music, Composition

Congratulations to the 2019 Divergent Studio Cohort!

Check back soon for details and to apply for the 2020 Divergent Studio
June 7-17, 2020

Whether you’re part of an ensemble, a soloist, or a composer, there’s always something new to discover. At Longy’s Divergent Studio you’ll experience a whirlwind 10 days where composition and performance intersect in new and exciting ways. Let renowned Longy faculty guide you down new paths towards boundless opportunities.

Instrumentalists and singers can attend as a pre-formed ensembles or as individual performers who will then be joined with other musicians to do a deep dive into the world of contemporary chamber music. Led by the members of loadbang and renowned pianist Donald Berman, you will plunge into an intensive 10 days of studying and performing works by some of the most exciting composers of our time!

For composers, the opportunities are rich— work closely with Longy’s composition faculty and Divergent Studio’s guest faculty and hear your music performed by Divergent Studio performers, loadbang, Transient Canvas, and our guest instrumentalists.

Join us and make connections, make discoveries, and make new music, together!

Application coming soon
Divergent Studio rehearsal

Program Highlights for Instrumentalists/Singers:

  • Daily coaching and masterclasses with loadbang and other Divergent Studio faculty
  • Project-based seminars exploring atonal and microtonal ear training, performing with electronics, complex rhythms, grant writing, career development, and improvisation.
  • Daily student and faculty concerts
  • Workshops and social events with Divergent Studio composition participants
  • The opportunity to perform alongside members of loadbang

Program Highlights for Composers:

  • Each composer will be assigned an ensemble to write for.  These ensembles include loadbang, Transient Canvas, and our other wonderful guest musicians
  • Compose pieces in collaboration with other Divergent Studio participants
  • Coaching with Divergent faculty
  • Composition lessons/small group masterclasses with Divergent Studio composition faculty and guest composers Hannah Lash and Paula Matthusen
  • Daily workshops covering both analytical and compositional topics
  • Workshops and social events together with the Divergent Studio performance participants
2020 Faculty
Instrumental Faculty

Donald Bermanpiano
Carlos Cordeirobass clarinet, loadbang
Jeff Gavettbaritone voice, loadbang
Andy Kozartrumpet, loadbang
Will Langtrombone, loadbang

Guest Performers

Cobus du Toit, flute
Rachael Elliottbassoon
Kemp Jernigan, oboe
Carol Mastrodomenicosoprano
Transient Canvas, marimba/bass clarinet
Laura Weinerfrench horn

2019 Guest Composers

Hannah Lash
Paula Matthusen

Program Directors

Andy Kozarco-director
Jeremy Van Buskirkco-director


Students who need accommodations may stay in the dorms at Lesley University, which is approximately a 5-minute walk from Longy. According to demand housing can be arranged at Lesley University. Learn more


2019 Tuition for reference only; 2020 tuition to be announced.

Full – $1,100

Early bird – $1,050 (deposit is made by May 1, 2019)

Current/incoming Longy Student – $550

Current/incoming Longy Student Early Bird – $500 (deposit is made by May 1, 2019)


If you have any questions regarding the institute or how to apply, please contact Divergent Studio co-directors:

Jeremy Van Buskirk – jvanbuskirk(at)longy.edu

Andy Kozar – andy.kozar(at)longy.edu