The Orchestra Now
The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is a unique preprofessional orchestra offering a master’s degree and a certificate program designed to prepare musicians for the challenges facing the modern symphony orchestra. Musicians in the master’s degree program 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. Musicians in the advanced certificate program receive two years of training and take the core seminars in orchestral and curatorial studies. Bard faculty and guest scholars in music history, art history, and other disciplines in the humanities participate in the program’s seminars. Based at Bard’s main campus in Annandale, The Orchestra Now offers full-tuition scholarships and fellowships.
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. Guest conductors and renowned instrumentalists also participate in TŌN’s concert and rehearsal schedule. TŌN rehearses in the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.