The Bard Conservatory Orchestra performs several concerts each semester and at least four times each year in the Frank Gehry–designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra also performs annual side-by-side concerts with members of the American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, and performs regularly at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility as part of the Bard Prison Initiative.
In addition to its performances at Bard the orchestra has performed at Alice Tully Hall in New York City and Harvard University’s Sanders Theater. In spring 2012, the Conservatory Orchestra gave its first tour of greater China. The three-week tour, a collaboration with the Bard Music Festival, took the orchestra to the major halls of Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Wuhan, and Guangzhou.
Chamber Music and Solo Opportunities
Students perform in chamber music and special contemporary music concerts throughout the year. Students and faculty perform together in the Conservatory Sunday series at the Fisher Center's Sosnoff Theater, and in regional chamber music series.
In recent years, students and faculty have performed together in professional engagements in Beijing and Shanghai, China; at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society; Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut; Bard Music Festival; and in Vero Beach, Florida; Budapest, Hungary; New York City; and throughout the Hudson Valley.
Composition majors are offered extensive performance opportunities through readings by the Da Capo Chamber Players and Conservatory Orchestra, and performances by fellow students as part of the series Music Alive!