Bard College Catalogue

The Bard College Catalogue contains detailed descriptions of the College's undergraduate programs and courses, curriculum, admission and financial aid procedures, student activities and services, history, campus facilities, affiliated institutions including graduate programs, and faculty and administration.

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Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

The Conductors Institute of The Bard College Conservatory of Music

The Conservatory is also home to The Conductors Institute, which offers a six-week summer program in conducting. The goals of the Institute are to promote technical clarity and precision in baton movement; disarm the competitive learning process so that conductors assist and support one another; and encourage American conductors to become advocates of American composers.

The Institute offers a variety of combinations of study. The weeklong Visual Score Study/Baton Placement and Body Movement Technique unites the study of Institute repertoire with instruction in the Alexander Technique as it relates directly to the enhancement of performance skills and expression. The Conducting Program for Fellows and Colleagues is offered in two- or four-week sessions, during which participants work with the Institute orchestra on repertoire ranging from symphonies of Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms to works by Mussorgsky, Mahler, Ravel, and Tchaikovsky. The two-week Discovery Program is designed for conductors with limited experience who wish to improve their skills. The two-week Composer-Conductor Program offers composers the opportunity to learn conducting techniques that apply to their own works, and for conductors to collaborate with composers as they prepare the work for public performance. Institute participants are exposed to a variety of expert opinions; lectures by scholars, composers, and conductors enrich the core programs. See for more information.