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.

Bard College Catalogue 2017-18


Bard College Catalogue 2017-18

Faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music

For complete biographies see bard.edu/conservatory

Robert Martin, Director
B.A., Haverford College; B.Music, Curtis Institute of Music; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University. Cellist, Sequoia String Quartet (1975–85); president, Chamber Music America (1999–2005); artistic codirector, Bard Music Festival. (1994– ) Vice President for Policy and Planning; Professor of Philosophy and Music, Bard College.

Frank Corliss, Associate Director and Director of Admission; Director, Postgraduate Collaborative Piano Fellowship Piano. B.M., Oberlin Conservatory of Music; M.M., SUNY Stony Brook.

Carl Albach
Trumpet. B.S., University of Miami (studied with Gilbert Johnson); M.M., The Juilliard School (studied with William Vacchiano).

Shmuel Ashkenasi
Violin. Studied at Musical Academy, Tel Aviv, Israel; and Curtis Institute of Music (with Efrem Zimbalist).

Nadine Asin (master classes)
Flute. B.M., M.M., The Juilliard School (studied with Julius Baker).

Demian Austin
Trombone. B.M., Oberlin College (studied with Raymond Premru); M.M., The Juilliard School (studied with Per Brevig). Principal trombone, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Leon Botstein
President of the College, Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities. See undergraduate faculty listing.

Edward Carroll
Trumpet, chamber music. B.M., M.M., The Juilliard School.

Eric Cha-Beach
Percussion. B.A., Graduate Performance Diploma, Peabody Institute; M.M., Yale School of Music.

Barbara Jöstlein Currie
Horn. Studied at The Juilliard School with Julie Landsman. Member, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  

Sarah Cutler
Harp. B.A., Yale College.  Principal harp, New York City Ballet Orchestra.

Jeremy Denk
Piano. B.A., Oberlin College; B.M., Oberlin Conservatory; M.M., Indiana University; Ph.D. (piano performance), The Juilliard School.

Elaine Douvas
Piano. B.A., Oberlin College; B.M., Oberlin Oboist. Diploma, Cleveland Institute of Music. Principal oboe, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Eugene Drucker
Violin. Graduate of Columbia University and The Juilliard School, where he studied with Oscar Shumsky.

Raymond Erickson
Performance practice. B.A., Whittier College; Ph.D., Yale University.

Derek Fenstermacher
Tuba. B.M., University of Alabama; M.M., University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music. Principal tuba, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Albany Symphony

Luis Garcia-Renart 
Performance studies. Professor Emeritus and Visiting Professor of Music, Bard College. See undergraduate listing.

Christopher H. Gibbs
Music history and theory. James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Music, Bard College. See undergraduate faculty listing.

Marc Goldberg
Bassoon. B.M., M.M., The Juilliard School (studied with Harold Goltzer).

Richard Goode (master classes)
Piano. Studied with Elvira Szigeti and Claude Frank, with Nadia Reisenberg at the Mannes College of Music, and with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute.

Marka Gustavsson
Chamber music. Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, Bard College. See undergraduate listing.

Jonathan Haas
Percussion. B.A., Washington University; M.M., The Juilliard School.

John Halle
Composition, theory. Studied with Fred Lerdahl at Columbia University; Andrew Imbrie at University of California, Berkeley; and William Bolcom and William Albright at University of Michigan.

Benjamin Hochman
Piano. Graduate, Curtis Institute of Music and Mannes College of Music, where he studied with Claude Frank and Richard Goode. Also studied with Esther Narkiss at the Conservatory of the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem, and with Emanuel Krasovsky in Tel Aviv.

Melissa Hooper
Oboe. B.M., The Julliard School (studied with Elaine Douvas); graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Assistant principal oboe, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Yi-Wen Jiang
Violin. Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China (studied with Han Li); St. Louis Conservatory (studied with Taras Gabora and Michael Tree); also studied with Arnold Steinhardt and Pinchas Zukerman. Member, Shanghai Quartet.

Ani Kavafian
Violin. M.M., The Juilliard School (studied with Ivan Galamian).

Ida Kavafian
Violin (master classes). M.M., The Juilliard School (studied with Ivan Galamian).

Briget Kibbey
Harp. B.M., M.M., The Juilliard School (studied with Nancy Allen).

Erica Kiesewetter
Director of Orchestral Studies; Visiting Associate Professor of Music, Bard College. See undergraduate faculty listing.

Alexandra Knoll
Oboe. Graduated from Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Member, American Symphony Orchestra and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Member, American Symphony Orchestra and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.

David Krakauer
Clarinet. B.A., Sarah Lawrence College; M.M., The Juilliard School.

Garry Kvistad
Percussion. B.M., Oberlin Conservatory of Music; M.M., Northern Illinois University.

Peter Laki
Music theory and history. Visiting Associate Professor of Music, Bard College. See undergraduate faculty listing.

Julie Landsman
Horn. Studied with James Chambers at The Juilliard School.

Jeffrey Lang
Horn. Principal horn, American Symphony Orchestra.

Honggang Li
Violin, viola. Founding member of Shanghai Quartet. Studied at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and Shanghai Conservatory; M.M., North Illinois University.

Weigang Li
Violin. Studied at Shanghai Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Northern Illinois University, The Juilliard School.

Pascual Martínez-Forteza
Clarinet. Baleares and Liceu de Barcelona Music Conservatories, Spain; M.M., University of Southern California (with Yehuda Gilad). Acting associate principal clarinet, New York Philharmonic.

Anthony McGill
Clarinet. Graduate, Curtis Institute of Music. Principal clarinet, New York Philharmonic.

Blair McMillen
Chamber Music. Artist in Residence, Bard College. See undergraduate listing.

Leigh Mesh
Double bass. B.M., Curtis Institute of Music. Associate principal bass, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Tara Helen O’Connor
Flute. Ph.D., SUNY Stony Brook (studied with Samuel Baron, Robert Dick, Julius Levine, Keith Underwood).

Daniel Phillips
Violin. Studied at The Juilliard School (with Ivan Galamian and Sally Thomas) and with Eugene Phillips, Sándor Végh, and George Neikrug.

Todd Phillips
Violin. Studied at The Juilliard School (with Sally Thomas) and Mozarteum in Salzburg (with Sándor Végh).

Julie Pilant
Horn. B.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., D.M.A., The Juilliard School (studied with Julie Landsman). Assistant principal horn, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Denson Paul Pollard
Trombone. B.S., Jacksonville State University; M.M., D.M.A., University of Iowa. Studied with Jim Roberts, David Gier, George Krem, Charles Vernon, and Joseph Alessi.

Josh Quillen
Percussion. M.A., Yale School of Music.

Raman Ramakrishnan
Chamber music. B.A., Harvard University; M.M., The Juilliard School. Artist in Residence, Bard College.

Nicholas Schwartz
Trombone. Studied with Don Harwood at The Julliard School. Principal bass trombone, New York City Ballet.

Peter Serkin
Piano. Studied at Curtis Institute of Music with Lee Luvisi, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and Rudolf Serkin; also studied with Ernst Oster, Marcel Moyse, and Karl Ulrich Schnabel.

Adam Sliwinski
Percussion. B.M., Oberlin Conservatory of Music; M.M., D.M.A., Yale School of Music.

Laurie Smukler
Violin. B.M., The Juilliard School (studied with Ivan Galamian).

Weston Sprott
Trombone. B.M, Curtis Institute of Music. Primary teachers: Michael Warny, Carl Lenthe, and Nitzan Haroz. Member, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Arnold Steinhardt
Violin. Studied with Ivan Galamian at Curtis Institute of Music and with Josef Szigeti, under the sponsorship of George Szell, in Switzerland.

Steven Tenenbom
Viola. Studied with Milton Thomas at the University of Southern California and with Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle at Curtis Institute of Music.

Joan Tower
Composition. Asher B. Edelman Professor in the Arts, Bard College. See undergraduate faculty listing.

Jason Treuting
Percussion. B.M., Performer’s Certificate, Eastman School of Music; M.M., Artist Diploma, Yale School of Music.

George Tsontakis
Composition. Distinguished Composer in Residence, Bard College. See undergraduate faculty listing.

Ira Weller
Viola. B.M., M.M., The Juilliard School (studied with Ivan Galamian). Member, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Peter Wiley
Cello. Attended Curtis Institute of Music at age 13, under tutelage of David Soyer.

Jan Williams
Percussion. B.M., M.M., Manhattan School of Music.


Graduate Faculty

James Bagwell  conducting
Professor of Music, Bard College. See undergraduate faculty listing.

Edith Bers  vocal arts
Vocalist. B.A., M.A., Columbia University. Studied voice with Tourel, Callas, Popper, Berl, Guth, Faull, B. P. Johnson, Cuenod, Brown, Hotter, and Stader; studied acting with Stella Adler.

Mary Birnbaum  vocal arts
Opera workshop. A.B., Harvard College; certificate in movement and design, École Jacques Lecoq, Paris.

Leon Botstein  conducting
President of the College, Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities. See undergraduate faculty listing.

Lucy Dhegrae  vocal arts
Professional development. B.M., University of Michigan; M.M., Bard College Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program.

Gwen Ellison vocal arts
Movement and Alexander Technique instructor. Certification, Institute for the Alexander Technique. 

Harold Farberman  conducting
B.M., The Juilliard School; M.A., New England Conservatory. Composer. Founder and artistic director of the Conductors Institute.

Lynn Hawley  vocal arts
Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater and Performance, Bard College. See undergraduate listing. 

Kayo Iwama vocal arts
Piano. B.M., Oberlin Conservatory of Music; M.M., SUNY Stony Brook (studied with Gilbert Kalish). Associate Director, Graduate Vocal Arts Program.

Lorraine Nubar  vocal arts
B.A., M.A., The Juilliard School.

Elizabeth Reese  vocal arts
Certified teacher of Alexander Technique (American Center for the Alexander Technique) and dressage; licensed mental health counselor. M.S., Hunter College, CUNY. 

Erika Switzer  vocal arts
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, Bard College. See undergraduate faculty listing.

Sanford Sylvan  vocal arts
Baritone. B.M., Manhattan School of Music. Has performed with many of the leading orchestras of the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, and London Symphony.

Dawn Upshaw  vocal arts
Charles Franklin Kellogg and Grace E. Ramsey Kellogg Professor of the Arts and Humanities, Bard College; Artistic Director, Graduate Vocal Arts Program. See undergraduate faculty listing.