Strings Faculty

Longy is a whirlwind of diverse experiences within a family-sized footprint. The fact that you can delve into historical performance, new music, and jazz without blinking an eye—or walking 100 feet—is breathtaking. And there’s a feeling of community, an ability to work together that grows naturally. That’s the school in a nutshell: it’s a family feeling, even though members come from across the country and around the world. Music breaks down boundaries, and I feel like this works by example. You have to show that you’re willing to ‘go there’ and then wait to see if folks will meet you there. On the great days, ‘there’ is a crowded place! This community is well-suited to musicians with a vision who want to expand music, play with it, and ultimately, live it.
— Sarah Darling

Meet Sarah Darling, A Far Cry

Longy hires two new cello faculty
Four-time GRAMMY Award-winning cellist NICK PHOTINOS, founding cellist and former co-Artistic Director of Eighth Blackbird

Winner of a Fulbright specialist award for a project at Fundación Nacional Batuta in Colombia, “Firebrand” cellist, and 2018 Sphinx Medal of Excellence Winner CHRISTINE LAMPREA

Read New Cello Faculty Press Release
Visit a Day in the Life of Emily Bieker, Strings UD
Program Highlights

Hear A Crescendo of Anti-Racism in Classical Music! founder of Longy Ensemble-in-Residence Castle of our Skins Ashleigh Gordon on Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, discussing the remarkable work of Black classical composers and musicians through history.

Our Strings Department faculty are active performers and dedicated teachers, encompassing a wide range of styles and repertoire, from early music to new compositions. We emphasize individual attention from faculty mentors, ensemble playing, small classes, cross-departmental collaboration, and frequent performance opportunities, to create a uniquely inspiring learning environment.

Course Highlights
Chamber Music with a Point of View
Approach musical works using interdisciplinary entry points, such as poetry, improvisation, literature, dance, and visual art.
Taking on the C String!
A fun, exploratory, and engaging class in which violin students have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the viola.

Learn more about Longy’s Orchestra FLEX, a new, student-centric approach to large-ensemble performance

Watch the Neave Trio, Alumni Artists and Ensemble-in-Residence, perform works by Cécile Chaminade

My favorite job was probably being on the national tour of a Broadway production. I got to work with so many talented people! That year on tour reminded me not only of the joy of music in my life, but also the importance of bringing music to the lives of others. We also volunteered at local food pantries and elementary schools as we travelled.
— Tyler James

Meet Tyler James, Cello MM '22

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 presentations, weekly seminars offer insight regarding interpretation, 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 examine standard orchestral repertoire, focusing on elements of technique and style including bowing, intonation, and rhythm. 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.