Maria Schneider's album with Dawn Upshaw, "Winter Morning Walks" nominated for three Grammy awards.
Maria Schneider's album with Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Program artistic director Dawn Upshaw, "Winter Morning Walks" has been nominated for three Grammy awards. The song cycle "Winter Morning Walks" was nominated for "Best Classical Contemporary Composition". Ms. Upshaw was nominated for "Best Classical Vocal Solo Album". The album also was nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical". For more information please click here
Students from the Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Program and Bard Conservatory alumni to perform with Albany Symphony.
Two special holiday concerts given by the Albany Symphony and conductor David Alan Miller on December 14 and 15 will feature current and former students of the Bard College Conservatory. Shawn Moore '11 and Luosha Fang '11 will perform Unforgettable
for two violins and orchestra by Bard Conservatory composition faculty member George Tsontakis. In addition Diana Yodzis, Vincent Festa and Jeremy Hirsch, all current Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Program students, will perform Bach's Cantata No. 63 and selections from Handel's Messiah
. For more information and tickets please click here
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.
Clarissa Lyons, Vocal Arts Program graduate, a "stand out" in performance of Bernstein's Songfest.
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
. While at Bard Ms. Lyons was in the voice studio of Patricia Misslin.
Baritone Jeongcheol Cha, Vocal Arts Program graduate, invited to participate in the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.
Baritone Jeoncheol Cha, who graduated from the graduate Vocal Arts Program in 2011 in the studio of Lorraine Nubar, was invited to participate in the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition
. After graduating from Bard Mr. Cha received an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies at The Juilliard School. He is currently represented by Columbia Artists Management
Bard graduate wins principal oboe position in Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM
Rafael Monge-Zuniga, a 2012 graduate of the Advanced Performance Studies program at the Bard Conservatory, has won the principal oboe position in the The Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico's Philharmonic Orchestra.) Also known as OFUNAM, the orchestra was founded in 1936 and is the oldest symphonic group in Mexico City.
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.
Conservatory students and Conservatory director Robert Martin praised for performance at chamber music concert in Reading, PA.
On October 12, 2013 a group of conservatory students performed with Conservatory director and cellist Robert Martin at the Friends of Chamber Music of Reading concert series. For more details and the glowing review of the concert please click here
Conservatory faculty member Jeremy Denk receives MacArthur 'Genius' award
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
Upcoming Conservatory Sundays concert profiled in rollmagazine.com.
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for an article about the Music Alive! concert—first of the Conservatory Sundays 2013 concert series. Curated by artistic directors Joan Tower, Grammy Award – winning composer, and Blair McMillen, pianist, this exciting program of 20th– and 21st-century music showcases works performed by students from The Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Music Program.
Recent Bard Conservatory graduates win jobs in Hungarian National Philharmonic and Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec.
Levente Varga has won the principal horn position in the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec and Ferenc Farkas has won the 2nd horn position in the Hungarian National Philharmonic. While at the Bard Conservatory Mr. Varga and Mr. Ferenc studied french horn with Julie Landsman, Jeffrey Lang and Julia Pilant.
Fanya Wyrick-Flax '13 to perform with American Symphony Orchestra
Flutist Fanya Wyrick Flax will perform the Avner Dorman Piccolo Concerto with the American Symphony Orchestra on October 25 and 26 at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. Ms. Wyrick-Flax was a winner of the Bard Conservatory 2013 Concerto Competition.
For more information and tickets please click here
Fanya Wyrick-Flax ’13 received degrees in mathematics and flute performance from Bard College, where she studied at The Bard College Conservatory of Music with Tara O’Connor. A graduate of Bard High School Early College in Manhattan, Fanya was also a pupil of Bart Feller in the Juilliard School Pre-College Division. For a semester, she studied with Harrie Starreveld at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Most recently, Fanya participated in the Banff Festival and was praised by the Calgary Herald for her “lyrical sensitivity.” Other performances include the Eastern, Kent/Blossom, and Bard Music Festivals, and side-by-side concerts with the Cleveland and American Symphony Orchestras. She was selected for master classes with Paula Robison, Ransom Wilson, Tara O'Connor, Kersten McCall, and Niccola Mazzanti. An ardent proponent of contemporary music, Fanya appears regularly with New York-based new music ensemble Contemporaneous, and can be heard on their album, Stream of Stars — Music of Dylan Mattingly.
Dawn Upshaw interviewed and the VAP Career Workshop Seminar discussed in Opera News article.
Dawn Upshaw was interviewed for a recent Opera News article about career development training for young singers. Ms. Upshaw discusses the Career Development Seminar offered in the VAP. To read the complete article please click here
Bard Conservatory in partnership with the American Symphony Orchestra announces the ASO Brass Scholarship
The Bard Conservatory, through the generous support of the American Symphony Orchestra, has announced the creation of the American Symphony Brass Scholarship
. This merit scholarship for brass players will cover up to the full tuition, room and board costs to attend Bard Conservatory. Brass players who receive this scholarship are mentored by members of the brass section of the American Symphony Orchestra, whose music director Leon Botstein is also conductor of the Bard Conservatory Orchestra. They will also perform in annual side-by-side concerts with the American Symphony Orchestra. Up to five of these scholarships will be awarded each year. For more information and to apply for this scholarship please click here
Dawn Upshaw, Graduate Vocal Arts Program artistic director, receives 2013 Opera News Award for Distinguished Achievement.
Dawn Upshaw, founder and artistic director of the graduate Vocal Arts Program at the Bard Conservatory, has received the 2013 Opera News Award for Distinguished Achievement. For more information please click here
Abigail Levis, VAP graduate, wins Classical Singer Competition
Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Program student Abigail Levis is the winner of the 2013 Classical Singer Competition in the Young Artist Division. The competition took place in May at the 2013 Classical Singer Convention in Boston. Ms. Levis, from Maine, is a 2013 graduate of the Bard Conservatory Gradate Vocal Arts Program, and during her time at Bard studied voice with Edith Bers.
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Julia Bullock, VAP '11, receives rave review for her performance with San Francisco Symphony.
Julia Bullock, 2011 graduate of the Vocal Arts Program, performed with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas in Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.
Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes:
"Yet perhaps the evening's most remarkable showstopper came midway through the second half, when Julia Bullock, a conservatory-trained operatic soprano, appeared out of nowhere to deliver a full-voiced, stunningly paced account of "Somewhere." The entire score of "West Side Story" is full of musical treasures, but for just a moment it seemed as though nothing Bernstein ever wrote was quite as magical as that one song."
to read the complete review. For more information about Julia Bullock please click here
Profile article about the genesis of the Bard Conservatory of Music and the Bard Conservatory Orchestra.
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for an article by Philip Ehrensaft about the genesis of the Bard Conservatory and the Conservatory Orchestra.
Bard Faculty member Erica Kiesewetter reviewed by the NY Times
" Erica Kiesewetter, the concertmaster, gave a lively, lovely account of the miniature violin concerto in the third act."- NY Times
Bard Faculty Member clarinetist Anthony McGill interviewed on MSNBC
Click the link to watch an interview with Bard Faculty member, Anthony McGill on MSNBC.
Mezzo-soprano Solange Merdinian, '09 (Bard Vocal Arts Program), performed at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC in an opera by Astor Piazzolla, ‘María de Buenos Aires.’ "(Solange Merdinian) possesses a smoldering stage presence ... "-NY Times
On March 15 Solange Merdinian sang the lead role in the opera ‘María de Buenos Aires' by Astor Piazzolla in a production presented by Opera Hispánica at Le Poisson Rouge.
Save the Date! Bard Commencement May 24-26, 2013.
Save The Date May 22, 2013 for The Bard Music Festival Gala Featuring The Bard Conservatory Orchestra
The concert by the Bard Conservatory Orchestra will take place at Alice Tully Hall in NYC on May 22, 2013 at 7PM and will be followed by dinner. Featuring works by
Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich.
Bard College Conservatory to celebrate grand opening of the Lázló Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building.
Celebrations will commence Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM with chamber music in the studios, followed by a performance in the new hall at 4:00 PM. For more information, contact Ann Gabler at 845-758-7866 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. Open to the public.
Bard clarinet faculty member and principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Anthony McGill, featured on NBC News with his brother and principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, Demarre McGill.
A video profile of the Bard Conservatory facutly member and his inspiring story of how early music education combined with love and dedication to one's art led to a career in music.
Bard Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition Winners Announced!
2013-14 Winners of the Concerto Competition are:
To Play with the ASO
Zhi Ma, violin
Dongfang Ouyang, violin
Fanny Wyrick-Flax, piccolo
To Play with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra
Sabrina Tabby, violin
Congratulations to All!
A Brand-New Tradition
Bard College Singers and Composers at the Morgan Library
First Songs Dawn Upshaw singing at this showcase for Bard College's voice program, accompanied by Kayo Iwama, at the Morgan Library.
"It is hard enough for a young composer to invent sounds. But Tamzin Elliott invented an entire culture."- NY Times
Bard Cellist Emma Schmiedecke in Recital with Pianist Chorong Park featuring works by Bach, Rachmoninoff, Schumann and Massenet.
Bard Cellist, Emma Schmiedecke in collaboration with Pianist, Chorong Park with perform a recital on February 24 at 3:00PM at the First Presbytarian Church of Ridgewood in Ridgewood, NJ.
The recital will be repeated on Sunday, March 10 at the Beattie Powers Place Historic Site Recital Series in Catskill, New York.
Bard Alum Solange Merdinian Mezzo-Soprano Gives Debut Recital in Argentina after extensive world tour.
Da Capo Chamber Players: Raising Voices and Awareness for Overlooked Works
Click the link to read a fascinating article about a concert given recently in NYC by the Da Capo Chamber Players honoring Black History Month.
Bard French Horn Player Ferenc Farkas Wins Hungarian Orchestra Job
Conservatory student Ferenc Farkas has successfully earned a french horn position as a member of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Hungary. Ferenc was in the Advanced Professional Studies program and studied horn with Julie Landsman, Julia Pilant and Jeffrey Lang.
Bard's Dylan Mattingly is Musical America's Artist of the Month
Bard's Dylan Mattingly is Artist of the Month at the Musical America magazine for February. Dylan has been on a role the last several months since he has been performing regularly with Contemporaneous, the Berklee Symphony and all around Bard.