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Conservatory Faculty Member David Krakauer to Perform with the Mankato Symphony

Conservatory clarinet faculty member David Krakauer will perfom with the Mankato Symphony on April 19. Krakauer has recently been nominated for a Grammy for his recordings of "The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind" by Osvaldo Golojov. The program will feature Mozart's Clarinet Concerto K. 622 and songs from the klezmer tradition. 

Conservatory Faculty Member Richard Goode to hold public master class at Carnegie Hall

Bard Conservatory faculty member Richard Goode will be presenting a master class on Claude Debussy's piano preludes on March 27th at Carnegie Hall. 

Conservatory Students Awarded Davis Projects for Peace Grant


Congratulations to the four Bard Conservatory students and founders of Sounds of Social Change on being the 2015 recipients of a Davis Projects for Peace Prize and $10,000 grant. Launched last year, Sounds of Social Change (SSC) is a student-initiated, Bard Trustee Leader Scholar (TLS) project aimed at teaching and mentoring young musicians living in poverty-stricken conditions throughout the world. Last summer, Conservatory musicians Rylan Gajek-Leonard '16, Alexzandra Morris '18, Avery Morris '18, Daniel Zlatkin '16 and Caitlin Majewski ‘14 travelled to Cali, Colombia to spend one-week teaching children of the Orquesta Sinfónica Infantil y Juvenil de Siloé, as well as performing in the renowned Sala Beethoven Concert Hall. Using music education as a vehicle to empower at-risk youth, the Bard students worked closely with the Orquesta de Siloé and Foundation Sidoc to teach communication and collaboration skills, inspiring these children to ignite change not only within themselves, but also within their community.

In addition to facilitating all travel costs, this grant will also provide the SSC team with the funds needed to build a Music and Listening Library for the Orquesta Sinfónica in Cali, as well as create a “Musical Phrasebook” smartphone app, which will serve as a musical term translator enabling effective communication between each SSC representative and Spanish-speaking partner. Finally, the team plans on adding a new member—Rachel Becker ‘12, a Bard Conservatory alum who will be acting as the primary luthier on the 2015 trip. 

Wave Farm and the Bard College Conservatory of Music join the John Cage Trust in presenting Reality Radio

Wave Farm and the Bard College Conservatory of Music join the John Cage Trust in presenting Reality Radio, a four-month durational project spanning February to May 2015 featuring a continuous audio surveillance feed from the Bard College Percussion Studio headed by Sō Percussion. Reality Radio positions those who move throughout the studio – students, professors, administrators, visitors, even maintenance crews – in the role of performer, with listening audiences as ever present observers.  In conjunction with Reality Radio, Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM will feature a series of special live broadcasts: February 7, March 7, April 25, and May 23, 2015. 

Vocal Arts Program Director Dawn Upshaw Finds New Ways of Listening

Grammy Award–winning soprano and Vocal Arts Program artistic director Dawn Upshaw performs an eclectic repertoire in Vancouver this week. (Georgia Straight) For more please click here.

Vocal Arts Program graduate Faylotte Crayton receives fellowship for Marlboro Music Festival

Soprano Faylotte Crayton '12 has received a fellowship to attend the Marlboro Music Festival during the summer of 2015. While in the graduate Vocal Arts Program at Bard Ms. Crayton was in the voice studio of Edith Bers.

Vocal Arts Program Students Sing at Carnegie Hall with American Symphony Orchestra

Mezzo-soprano Katherine Maysek and soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon.
Lucy Fitz-Gibbon '15,  and Katherine Maysek '15 sang at Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra and conductor Leon Botstein in a  performance of Max von Schilling's Mona Lisa. Ms. Fitz-Gibbon and Ms. Maysek are in their final year of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program at the Bard Conservatory. Ms. Fitz Gibbon, soprano, is in the voice studio of Edith Bers and mezzo-soprano Ms. Maysek is in the voice studio of baritone Sanford Sylvan.
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