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2015

Jimmy Haber '14 Featured in Alibaba News Letter

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Hornist Jimmy Haber '14, graduate of the undergraduate program at the Bard Conservatory, has recently been featured in the Alibaba news letter. After joing China's largest internet commerce company in January, he became part of Alibaba U.S. Click the link below to download the article.

Mezzo Soprano Solange Merdinian '09 Enjoys a Rich and Varied Career

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Since graduating from the Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Program, Solange Merdinian '09 has established a career that spans a wide array of projects and opportunities. Her recent performances include singing the Argentinean national anthem at Madison Square Garden, a world tour of Philip Glass' Einstein on the Beach, and being a guest professor and performer at the University of San Juan. You can visit her website to learn more about what she has coming up in 2015. 

Bard Conservatory and Hungarian-American Fulbright Commision Establish Jointly Funded Grant

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The Bard Conservatory and the Hungarian-American Fulbright Commission have established a grant to fund Hungarian music students who enroll in the Conservatories Advanced Performance Studies Program. This is a two-year program resulting in a performer's certificate. Students who are accepted into the program and who are also accepted for the Fulbright award will be supported for the first year by the Fulbright Commission and by the Conservatory for the second year. 

Soprano Julia Bullock '11 Receives Award from Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts.

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Soprano Julia Bullock, 2011 graduate of the Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program, has been selected to receive a stipend from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. She is one of five young artists to receive an award this year. Her award of $50,000 will be used for career advancement and artistic projects. 

Bard Conservatory Faculty Member Dawn Upshaw's Recent Performance at New York's Town Hall

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On March 29th, Vocal Arts Program Artistic Director Dawn Upshaw and long time collaborator Gilbert Kalish piano gave a performance at New York City's Town Hall as part of the Peoples' Symphony Concerts series. Their program included works by Bartók, Schubert, Berg, Ives, and Bolcom. 

Bard Conservatory Violinist to Compete in Queen Elisabeth Competition

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Bard Conservatory graduate Fangyue He '12 will compete in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in May 2015. She was one of 69 candidates selected to compete from a pool of 170. She will perform Sonata No. 3 by J.S. Bach, Schubert's Sonata in A major, and three caprices by Niccolo Paganini. 

Conservatory Faculty Member Jeffrey Kahane will Conduct and Perform an all Mozart Concert with the New York Philharmonic

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Bard Conservatory faculty member Jeffrey Kahane will join the New York Philharmonic on June 3-6. Kahane will perform and conduct the all Mozart program including  Mozart's Piano Concertos Nos. 20 and 21 and Symphony No. 38, Prague. Visit the link below for more information. 

Conservatory Faculty Member David Krakauer to Perform with the Mankato Symphony

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Conservatory clarinet faculty member David Krakauer will perform 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 Students Awarded Davis Projects for Peace Grant

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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. 


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

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

Bard Conservatory Faculty Member Kayo Iwama Interviewed in website Rural Intelligence

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Graduate Vocal Arts Program associate director Kayo Iwama recently gave an interview for the website Rural Intelligence. She speaks of her role at the Conservatory, her work with the singers in the program, and her and her family's life in the Hudson Valley. 

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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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.
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