Bard envisions the liberal arts institution as the hub of a network, rather than a single, self-contained campus. Numerous institutes for special study are available on and off campus, connecting Bard students to the greater community.
The Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College embodies the fundamental belief that education and civil society are inextricably linked. In an age of information overload, it is more important than ever that citizens be educated and trained to think critically and be actively engaged with issues affecting public life.
The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is a unique preprofessional orchestra and master’s degree program designed to prepare musicians for the challenges facing the modern symphony orchestra. Musicians receive three years of advanced orchestral training and take graduate-level courses in orchestral and curatorial studies, leading to a master of music degree in curatorial, critical, and performance studies. Bard faculty and guest scholars in music history, art history, and other humanities disciplines participate in the program’s seminars. Students in the program, based at Bard’s main campus in Annandale, receive full-tuition scholarships and fellowships for their experiential training in the orchestra.
TŌN performs concert series at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and in concert halls throughout the Northeast. Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, is the music director and principal conductor of The Orchestra Now. In addition, a roster of guest conductors and renowned instrumentalists participates in TŌN’s concert and rehearsal schedule. TŌN rehearses in the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.