View previous years:


ALUMNI NEWS: Soprano Sarah Tuttle '15 named Musical America new artist of the month


So Percussion Fights Tragedy With Empathy


Winners of the 2016 Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition:

: Congratulations to our Concerto Competition Winners

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16        
Sergei Prokofiev 
ChaoJun Yang, piano

Sechs Monologe aus Jedermann      
Frank Martin 
Nathaniel Sullivan, baritone

Honorable Mentions

Les Illumination     
Benjamin Britten
Eric Carey, tenor

Potpourri for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 94           
Johann Nepomuk Hummel 
Joseph Burke, viola

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219          
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
Zhen Liu, violin

ALUMNI NEWS: Claire Brazeau '10 Named Principal Oboe of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra


Bard Conservatory First-Year Tristan Flores Performs at White House State Dinner

: Tristan Flores, 18, of Lexington, a violinist was one of four students who recently performed at a White House State Dinner with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

SO Percussion Performs the Music of Steve Reich and John Cage at Lincoln Center

The members of SO Percussion, Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting, recently participated in the Lincoln Center Festival performing the music of Steve Reich and John Cage. Joined by five additional percussionists, two sopranos, and a piccolo player SO performed an exhilarating version of Reich's "Drumming". This performance comes as the music world begins to celebrate Steve Reich's 80th birthday.

In a separate performance, SO Percussion performed several works by John Cage including his "3rd Construction".

So Percussion is in residence at the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

Conservatory Graduate Jeremy Hirsch '15 Performs at SongFest

Jeremy Hirsch, a graduate of the Conservatory's Vocal Arts Program has recently performed at SongFest held at the Colburn School. Mr. Hirsch participated in a rarely staged production of Hanns Eisler's "The Hollywood Songbook". The cast was "uniformly impressive" and Mr. Hirsch proved to be a "compelling actor and singer". 

Conservatory Faculty member Anthony McGill to Perform at Western Michigan University

This coming January clarinetist Anthony McGill will perform a program of clarinet trios alongside pianist Inon Barnatan and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. The program will include the Beethoveen Trio in B-flat Major, Brahms Trio in A minor, and a new commisioned work by Joseph Hallman. Mr. McGill is currently the principal clarinetist for the New York Philharmonic and is the former principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. 

The concert is Friday, January 27, 2017 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Ticket information can be found at the link below.

Conservatory Faculty Member Jeremy Denk Performs with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Pianist Jeremy Denk recently performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Described as "one of the most interesting pianists on today's scene" Denk's "sensitive, spontaneous phrasing and the pearly quality of his tone" elevated the performance of an already grand work. Mr. Denk finished the evening with an encore performance of selections from J.S. Bach's "Goldberg Variations". The concert program also featured John Adams' Harmonielehre conducted by the composer.

Conservatory Faculty Member Peter Wiley Interviewed on MPR's Learning to Listen

Cellist Peter Wiley was recently interviewed on the Minnesota Public Radio program Learning to Listen. Mr. Wiley discusses his life as a young musician and his career as an orchestral, solo, and chamber musician. The interview also features several recordings featuring Mr. Wiley. 

Julia Bullock '11 Performs in Hometown

Soprano Julia Bullock, a graduate of Bard Conservatory's Graduate Vocal Arts Program, recently performed a recital in her hometown of Webster Groves, Missouri. Bullock's "lovely rich voice that's well trained and intelligently used" commanded "stage presence and a consistent connection with the audience". The recital included works by Henry Cowell, Ravel, Grieg, Kurt Weill, John Cage, and Samuel Barber. Bullock was accompanied by Renate Rohlfing, "a true collaborator" and "much more than supportive". 

David Krakauer's New Album Checkpoint Released

Bard Conservatory clarinet faculty member David Krakauer is celebrating the release of his newest album Checkpoint. Krakauer continues to stretch his musical boundaries by combining klezmer melodies with a modern funk band. 

"Checkpoint is good, weird fun." - S. Victor Aaron

Check out the link below for the full review and a video of a live performance. 

Luosha Fang '10 Performs with West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Violinist Luosha Fang was recently a featured soloist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. She performed Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor as part of the orchestra's all-Sibelius program. Described as "the picture of elegance and keenness", she delivered a rhythmically compelling performance. Ms. Fang is a graduate of the Bard College Conservatory of Music's double-degree program where she majored in violin performance and Russian studies. 

Peter Wiley Performs in Mainly Mozart Concert

Conservatory faculty member and cellsit Peter Wiley recently performed several chamber works as part of a Mostly Mozart concert in San Diego. He was joined first by clarinetist David Shifrin and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott for Beethoven's Clarinet Trio. The concert concluded with Ernö Dohnányi's Sextet in C major.  

Erika Switzer Joins Hai-Ting Chinn for "Science Fair an Opera with Experiments"

Bard Conservatory faculty pianist Erika Switzer joined mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn for an evening of muisc and science experiments. The project was conceived by Chinn who developed the libretto using the work of neurologists, astronomers, and physicists.  She then invited four composers; Matthew Schickele, Renée Favand-See, Stefan Weisman and Conrad Cummings to write the music. Erika Switzer's performance was "precise and lucid" while Ms. Chinn, in addition to singing, "creates volcanic eruptions, mixes glow-in-the-dark liquids and extracts DNA from a strawberry."

Jeremy Denk Presents Eclectic Program at Carnegie Hall

On April 17 Bard Conservatory faculty member Jeremy Denk performed at Carnegie Hall. The program included works by J.S. Bach, Hindemith, Stravinsky, and Bolcom. The selections centered around common themes that relate to ragtime. Speaking before the performance, Denk admitted that the program might look “slightly unusual” or “possibly insane”. 

VAP Alumna Marie Marquis wins 2016 Joy in Singing Debut Artist Award

Congratulations to 2016 Joy in Singing Debut Award Artist winner Marie Marquis, a 2013 graduate of the Vocal Arts Program. Joy In Singing promotes the knowledge and love of art song literature, assists the careers of recitalists and composers, and educates a wider audience in the joy of song. Ms. Marquis will give her Artist Debut Recital at 7:30pm at Merkin Hall on November 28, 2016.

Dylan Mattingly '14 Awarded Scholarship by the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Dylan Mattingly '14 has recently been awarded a $7500 scholarship by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Charles Ives Scholarship is endowed by the royalties from the composer's music and is awarded to composition students of great promise. Dylan is a founding co-artistic director of the ensemble, Contemporaneous. Dylan holds a B.A. in classics and a B.M. in composition from Bard College and currently attends the Yale School of Music.

Conservatory Pianist Eri Nakamura Performs with the Neave Trio

On February 9, The Neave trio performed in Palm Beach, Florida at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. Violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Eri Nakamura performed works by Korngold, Dvorák, and Piazzola. The trio deftly navigated the intricacies of each composer's work and presented a unified and well rounded program. Ms. Nakamura is a graduate of the Conservatory's Collaborative Piano Fellowship and is currently enrolled in the Advanced Performance Studies program.

Bard Conservatory 2016 Concerto Competition - Winners

: The winners of the Bard Conservatory 2016 Concerto Competition in the undergraduate division are:

John Belk
Viktor Toth
Matthew Woodard

And in the graduate vocal arts program division the winner is:

Anna-Sophie Neher

The winners will perform during the 2016/17 concert season with either the Bard Conservatory orchestra, The Orchestra Now or the American Symphony.

The semifinalists for the 2016 Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition were (in alphabetical order):

John Belk - Walton Cello Concerto
Bridget Bertoldi - Hindson House Music
Rastislav Huba - Dvořák Cello Concerto
Gitta Marko - Bartók Violin Concerto No. 1
Adam Szokolay - Sándor Szokolay Piano Concerto
Viktor Toth - Copland Clarinet Concerto
Mengying Wei - Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3
Matthew Woodard - Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3

Competing in the graduate vocal arts program portion of the Concerto Competition were:

Caroline Dunigan - Mahler Rückert Lieder
Lizabeth Malanga - Berlioz Les nuits d'été
Anna-Sophie Neher - Mozart Exsultate Jubilate


Clarissa Lyons '11 Performs Bellini's "La Sonnambula" 

On February 9th, Clarissa Lyons, a graduate of Bard Conservatory's Graduate Vocal Arts Program, performed as part of Bellini's "La Sonambula". Ms. Lyons, a first year member of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artists Program, performed at The Juilliard School's Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. She played the role of "Lisa" with "the right mix of wounded pride and sassiness". The production will repeat on February 11 and 13.

The Shanghai Quartet to Perform at Luther College

On February 18, the Shanghai Quartet will perform at Luther College in collaboration with Wu Man, a virtuoso of the traditional Chinese instrument, the pipa. The concert is entitled "A Night in Ancient and New China" and will feature traditional and new works.
Violinists Weigang Li and Yi-Wen Jiang, along with violist Honggang Li are members of Bard Conservatory's string faculty, as well as founding members of the Shanghai Quartet.  

Bridget Kibbey Collaborates with the Amphion Quartet at the Morrison Chamber Music Center

On February 19, Conservatory faculty member and harpist Bridget Kibbey will join the Amphion Quartet for a performance at the Morrison Chamber Music Center in San Francisco. The performance is part of the 60th anniversary of the Morrison Artists Series and will feature works by Bach, Debussy, Nathan Shields, and André Capet. Ms. Kibbey has also prepared several arrangements of traditional Celtic music for harp and string quartet. The performers will also present a masterclass earlier in the afternoon. 

Boston Symphony Orchestra Premiers George Tsontakis' "Sonnets - Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra"

On February 11, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will premier a work by Bard Conservatory faculty member, George Tsontakis. English hornist Robert Sheena will be featured on Tsontakis' "Sonnets - Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra". Inspired by several of William Shakespeare's poems, the premeir will take place alongnside works by Tchaikovksy, Dvorák, and Strauss.