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2017 Concerto Competition Winners 

Congratulations to this year's Concerto Competition Winners:

Eric Carey, voice - Benjamin Britten Les illumination
Zhen Liu, violin - Brahms Violin Concerto
Emily Munstedt, cello - Kabalevsky Cello Concerto

ALUMNI NEWS: Oboist Claire Brazeau talks about her experience in the double degree program and being a member of the inaugural class at the Conservatory. 

Faculty member Barbara Jöstlein Currie on Michelle Baker's retirement from the MET

This article originally appeared in The Horn Call and is reposted here with permission.
It’s a little-known fact that the best seat at the Metropolitan Opera house isn’t in the front row, or in the glamorous boxes. Rather, it’s the Fourth Horn chair, a position I have played for the past 18 years. From this seat, I hear the warm, rich sounds emanating from Michelle Baker’s bell, mingled with the beautiful phrasing and tones of the Principal and Third horns to my left. To hear Michelle play the opening solo from Das Rheingold so effortlessly and with that warm sound, full of so many colors, is something I wish every horn player could experience. With Michelle’s retirement from the Second Horn chair imminent, I asked to interview her.
That in itself was a challenge - having to persuade her that she should be interviewed, and that the horn community would find her experiences interesting! Michelle is one of the least assuming, most humble people I know, and in addition to her beautiful playing, it is her kind spirit that will be sorely missed.
Philip Farkas once said that “it is better to quit several years too soon than 10 minutes too late.” In Michelle’s case, she is retiring many years too early. My hope is that this interview is enlightening for the readers, and as inspirational to you as she is to us in the MET Orchestra.

Faculty member Barbara Jöstlein Currie on Michelle Baker's retirement from the MET

Welcome new faculty member Pascual Martínez Forteza 

Graduate Vocal Arts Alumni, Kimberley Feltcamp, on launching an opera production company

Bard Conservatory Alumni shine in the first Bard Music West Festival

The Mozart Project Finale

Bard Conservatory students join Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival orchestra at Lincoln Center

Budapest Festival Orchestra Flash Mob
A flash mob of musicians from The Juilliard Schooland Bard College Conservatory of Music joined BFO - Budapest Festival Orchestra for a surprise ending to yesterday's concert at David Geffen Hall. They joined Iván Fischer and the ensemble on stage for the final movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Video by Chris Lee.