Music, like all art, engages the mind and the heart. It redefines boundaries and questions limits in order to make a meaningful statement about the human condition. The education of the mind is, therefore, as important as the education of the fingers. The greatest musicians not only have the technical mastery to communicate effectively, but also are deeply curious and equally adept at analytical and emotional modes of thought. Download "On the Education of Musicians: A Manifesto."
The mission of The Bard College Conservatory of Music is to provide the best possible preparation for a person dedicated to a life immersed in the creation and performance of music. Conservatory Director Robert Martin explores some of the Bard Conservatory's guiding ideas in an article "On the Education of Musicians: A Manifesto." To download please click below.
Bard Conservatory offers unparalleled musical opportunities for its students. The Conservatory orchestra performs regularly on campus, in New York City, and in semi-annual concert tours to Asia or Europe. Students frequently perform alongside faculty in chamber music concerts at Bard, in regional chamber music concert series, and on concerts for the Bard Music Festival. Concerto competition winners perform twice in subscription concerts with the American Symphony Orchestra. ...MORE >
The Bard Conservatory’s undergraduate studio faculty members
are renowned musicians and teachers whose artistry has been featured in the world’s great concert halls. They are on campus weekly to give lessons, coach chamber ensembles, offer master classes, hold studio classes and lead orchestra sectionals. On occasion, the Conservatory arranges for undergraduate students to travel to New York City or elsewhere in the Hudson Valley for lessons. Details about the faculties of the Graduate Conducting Program and the graduate Vocal Arts Program can be found on their individual program pages.
The new, state-of-the art László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building—completed in January 2013—contains general-use classrooms, faculty offices, teaching studios, two percussion studios, a 150-seat recital hall, a student lounge, instrument storage lockers, and the main Conservatory administrative offices.
Additional classrooms and faculty studios are located in the Blum Institute, the music wing of the Milton Avery Center for Arts
on the Bard campus. Blum also contains a state-of-the-art recording studio, electronic music studios, and several large rehearsal and performance spaces. ...MORE >