Recital and Graduation Review
Each orchestral conducting student concludes study in the program with a 45-minute thesis concert with the Institute Orchestra, at the conclusion of the summer Conductors Institute that follows the end of the second academic year.
Concert repertoire is chosen by the student, in consultation with Harold Farberman, and includes a four-minute composition for full orchestra composed by the graduate candidate.
Choral conducting students prepare and conduct a recital during their second year in residence at Bard. The Graduate Committee, made up of the directors of the program, director of the Conservatory, and one additional faculty member, reviews all second-year students to confirm that they have met the program requirements. These include a research paper (for a course in the history sequence), a high level in the graduation recital, and a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.