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2014

Bard Faculty member Derek Fenstermacher plays giant, novelty tuba named Carl. 

Carl Fisher Music of New York City owns what's believed to be the world's largest tuba.  Bard faculty member and principal tuba of the New Jersey Symphony, Derek Fenstermacher was on hand to test it out.  Check of the New York Times article and video

Bard Conservatory harp faculty member, Bridget Kibbey, joins Camerata Pacifica as Principal Artist!

Bard Conservatory harp faculty member, Bridget Kibbey, joins Camerata Pacifica as Principal Artist!
Photo by Ronald James
Bard Conservatory faculty member Bridget Kibbey has accepted a five-year position with the chamber music collective Camerata Pacifica as a principal artist. She will be featured in solo and chamber music works and in works specially commissioned for the ensemble. For more information about her performance schedule visit her website.  

Soprano Vanessa Langer, 2012 graduate of the Vocal Arts Program performs with the contemporary music ensemble Wild Rumpus in San Francisco. 

Soprano Vanessa Langer, 2012 graduate of the Vocal Arts Program performs with the contemporary music ensemble Wild Rumpus in San Francisco. 
soprano, Vanessa Langer VAP '12
Soprano Vanessa Langer, 2012 graduate of the Vocal Arts Program, received rave reviews about her recent performance with the contemporary music ensemble Wild Rumpus.  The concert included works by György Kurtág, Ruby Felton, Philip Glass and Caroline Miller among others.

Composition by Bard Conservatory graduate Dylan Mattingly '14 performed at Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.  

Composition by Bard Conservatory graduate Dylan Mattingly
Sky Madrigals a new work by composer Dylan Mattingly '14 was premiered at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, with Marin Alsop conducting. Reviews of the performance can be found here, here and here. And a recent radio interview with Dylan can be found here
Dylan graduated in May 2014 from the Bard Conservatory of Music , where he studied with composers Joan Tower and George Tsontakis. He will continue his composition studies at the Yale School of Music. 

Mezzo-soprano Katarzyna Sadej, 2010 VAP graduate, lauded in Fanfare Magazine for recent CD release.

Mezzo-soprano Katarzyna Sadej, 2010 VAP graduate, lauded in Fanfare Magazine for recent CD release.
Mezzo-soprano Katarzyna Sadej, 2010 VAP graduate, was reviewed in Fanfare Magazine for her work on the album Rising at Dawn: Chamber music with brass of Carson Cooman. James Altena of Fanfare Magaine called her performance "...nothing short of enthralling. Hers is a stunningly rich, beautiful voice, with a deep, perfectly centered vibrato and pitch allied to profound expressiveness." Ms. Sadej was a student of Lorraine Nubar while at Bard and is currently working in the Boston area.

John Cage app for the iphone created by music publisher C. F. Peters.

John Cage app for the iphone created by music publisher C. F. Peters.
The John Cage Trust at Bard College has joined forces with Cage's long-time publisher, C.F. Peters, in the creation of an app for iPhones that celebrates Cage's most famous composition, 4' 33". Users are able to capture a three-movement ‘performance’ of the ambient sounds in their environment, and then upload and share that performance with the world. They’re also able to listen to the performances of others, and to explore a worldwide map of ever-growing performance locations.    Available now from iTunes!

Bard Vocal Arts Program graduates shine in the 2014 Naumburg Competition.

In the 2014 Naumburg Competition four of the nine semi-finalists were graduates of the Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Program—Clarissa Lyons '11, Rachel Schutz '09, Abigail Levis '13, and Julia Bullock '11.

Julia Bullock, Vocal Arts Program graduate, winner of the Naumberg International Vocal Competition

Julia Bullock, Vocal Arts Program graduate, winner of the Naumberg International Vocal Competition
Soprano Julia Bullock, Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Program graduate, is the winner of the 2014 Naumberg International Vocal Competition. Ms. Bullock received her master's degree in 2011 from the Bard Conservatory, where she was in the voice studio of Edith Bers, and is currently pursuing an artists diploma from the Juilliard School.

László Z. Bitó Conservatory Building Makes List of Top University Designs

László Z. Bitó Conservatory Building Makes List of Top University Designs
The László Z. Bitó Conservatory building at the Bard Conservatory was recently highlighted by Interior Design magazine as one of the top six new university buildings. The Bitó Conservatory building was opened in spring 2013 and was designed by Deborah Burke Partners. For the complete article please click here.

Hudson Valley Brass Quintet performs in Hungary

Hudson Valley Brass Quintet performs in Hungary
The Hudson Valley Brass Quintet, a group of current students in the Bard Conservatory, performed in Hungary in July 2014. To see a video of their performance and their interview on Hungarian TV please click here.

Bard Conservatory trombone faculty member Weston Sprot interviewed about his work with young musicians in South Africa.

Bard Conservatory trombone faculty member Weston Sprot interviewed about his work with young musicians in South Africa.
Bard Conservatory trombone faculty member Weston Sprott was interviewed recently about his work with young musicians in South Africa. Mr. Sprott, a member of the Metroplitan Opera Orchestra, travels frequently to South Africa to work with young musicians and also brings them to the United States for brief residencies. To read the full article please click here. Mr. Sprott has also invited one of the Bard Conservatory student chamber groups, the Hudson Valley Brass, to perform this summer at Stellenbosch, South Africa's only international music festival. To read about their trip please click here.

VAP artistic directors Dawn Upshaw, Kayo Iwama, and composer Shawn Jaeger interviewed on WAMC about upcoming opera performance.

Soprano Dawn Upshaw, 2013 Grammy Award–Winner and Artistic Director of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program at The Bard College Conservatory of Music; Associate Director for the Graduate Vocal Arts Program, Kayo Iwama; and composer, Shawn Jaeger, on WAMC's Roundtable discussing the Opera Double Bill with host Joe Donahue. 

2014 Concerto Competition Winners

2014 Concerto Competition Winners
The winners of the 2014 Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition are:

  • Gabriel Baeza with the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3
  • Xing Gao with the Ginastera Harp Concerto
  • Adrienn Kantor with the Nielsen Flute Concerto
  • Maryna Kysla with the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Noemi Sallai with the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto
The winners will perform with either the Bard Conservatory Orchestra or the American Symphony Orchestra during the 2014/15 season. Performance dates will be announced later.

Conservatory composer Dylan Mattingly '14 commissioned to write new work for Los Angeles Philharmonic

Conservatory composer Dylan Mattingly
Conservatory composer Dylan Mattingly '14 has been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to write a new work to be premiered in the 2014/15 concert season. His as yet untitled work will be performed by the LA Philharmonic with John Adams, conductor, on May 26, 2015 at Disney Hall. For more information please click below.

Bard Conservatory Orchestra to tour Europe in June 2014

Bard Conservatory Orchestra to tour Europe in June 2014
The Bard Conservatory Orchestra will make a three-week tour of Europe in June 2014. Led by music director Leon Botstein, the orchestra will perform concerts in eight major European capitals. Joining the orchestra in performances will be Bard Conservatory faculty members Dawn Upshaw, soprano and pianist Peter Serkin.

Bard is also offering 6 and 14 day patron tours to those interested in accompanying the orchestra and maestro Botstein on this exciting concert tour. To downgrade the patron tour invitation, which includes schedule, price and reservation information, please click below.

Dawn Upshaw wins Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Solo  for "Winter Morning Walks", her album with Maria Schneider.

Dawn Upshaw wins Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Solo  for "Winter Morning Walks", her album with Maria Schneider.
Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Program artistic director Dawn Upshaw has won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo for "Winter Morning Walks" featuring the music of composer Maria Schneider.  The album won two additional Grammy's.  Ms. Schneider's song cycle "Winter Morning Walks" won in the category of Best Classical Contemporary Composition and the album won in the catogery of Best Engineered Album, Classical (for David Frost). For more information please click here and here and here.

Recording by Conservatory piano faculty member Benjamin Hochman praised in New York Times

Recording by Conservatory piano faculty member Benjamin Hochman praised in New York Times
Conservatory piano faculty member Benjamin Hochmann's album "Hommage to Schubert" was recently praised in the New York Times. The album includes two sonatas by Schubert and short works by György Kurtág and Jörg Widmann. To read the complete article please click here.

Conservatory faculty member Jeremy Denk receives MacArthur 'Genius' award

Conservatory faculty member Jeremy Denk receives MacArthur
Bard Conservatory piano faculty member Jeremy Denk has received a MacArthur 'Genius" award. Mr. Denk received the award in recognition of his work in music—on stage, in recordings, and in his eloquent writings about music. For complete details of the award click here.

Clarissa Lyons, Vocal Arts Program graduate, a "stand out" in performance of Bernstein's Songfest.

Clarissa Lyons, Vocal Arts Program graduate, a "stand out" in performance of Bernstein
Clarissa Lyons, VAP 2011 graduate, was hailed as a "stand out" by the Los Angeles Times in a recent performance of Bernstein's Songfest at the SongFest summer festival in Los Angeles. For the complete reviews please click here and here. While at Bard Ms. Lyons was in the voice studio of Patricia Misslin.

Bard Conservatory graduate wins job in Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Bard Conservatory graduate wins job in Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Claire Brazeau, 2010 graduate from the Bard College Conservatory of Music, has won the 2nd chair oboe and English horn position with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. At Bard Ms. Brazeau received bachelor degrees in oboe performance and East Asian Studies and will receive her artist diploma from The Colburn School in the spring of 2014. She starts her new position with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in January 2014.

Vocal Arts Program graduate Rie Miyake in performance of Hansel and Gretel at Saito Kinen Festival

Vocal Arts Program graduate Rie Miyake in performance of Hansel and Gretel at Saito Kinen Festival
Soprano Rie Mikaye sang the role of Gretel in a recent production of Hansel and Gretel at the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto. Ms. Miyake graduated from the Vocal Arts Program in May 2009 and, while at Bard, studied with Lorraine Nubar.

Composer Shen Yiwen, Bard Conservatory alumnus, wins Arthur Friedman Award at Juilliard School and is commissioned to write composition for the National Ballet of China.

Composer Shen Yiwen, Bard Conservatory alumnus, wins Arthur Friedman Award at Juilliard School and is commissioned to write composition for the National Ballet of China.
Composer and pianist Shen Yiwen '11 has been awarded the Arthur Friedman Award at The Juilliard School for his recent composition for orchestra. It will be premiered by the Julliard Orchestra in February 2014. Mr. Shen was also recently commissioned to write an hour-long piece for the National Ballet of China. The ballet, on the subject of Hamlet, will receive its debut in April 2014. For more information about Shen Yiwen please click here.