Bard College Catalogue 2013-14
Bard College Conservatory of Music
The Bard College Conservatory of Music offers two graduate programs, one in conducting and one in vocal arts.
The Graduate Conducting Program is a two-year master of music degree curriculum with tracks in orchestral and choral conducting, designed and directed by Harold Farberman, founder and director of the Conductors Institute at Bard (see page 234); James Bagwell, director of Bard’s undergraduate Music Program, music director of the Collegiate Chorale, and principal guest conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra; and Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, music director of the American Symphony Orchestra, and conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. In addition to instruction in conducting, the curriculum includes a four-semester music history sequence; voice lessons and diction for choral conductors; instrument lessons for orchestral conductors; and foreign language study, ear training, and composition for all students. The program, which began in 2010, provides students access to the resources of the Collegiate Chorale and to the Bard Music Festival and other Bard-related musical institutions.
The Graduate Vocal Arts Program, launched in 2006, is a two-year master of music program in vocal performance conceived by internationally acclaimed soprano Dawn Upshaw. Its curriculum supports a broad-based approach to a singing career, from standard repertory to new music. Core seminars introduce and tie together historical and cultural perspectives, analytical tools, and performance skills that distinguish vocal and operatic performances at the highest level. The core faculty, which includes associate director and pianist Kayo Iwama, is supplemented by guest artists. Course work includes workshops in Alexander Technique, acting, and movement, as well as diction and repertoire in English, French, German, Italian, and Russian. A workshop on career skills is led by distinguished figures in arts management and administration. Weekly private voice lessons are given by a faculty of renowned voice teachers based in New York City. Upshaw, the program’s artistic director, acts as teacher and mentor to help each student realize his or her full artistic and professional potential.