The Bard Conservatory Orchestra The Bard Conservatory Orchestra

About Us

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.

Performance Opportunities

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 from the undergraduate instrumental and graduate Vocal Arts programs, perform with either the Bard Conservatory Orchestra or the American Symphony Orchestra.

Outstanding Faculty

The Bard Conservatory’s undergraduate faculty members are renowned performing musicians 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 sectional rehearsals of the orchestra. Details about the faculties of the graduate Vocal Arts Program and the Graduate Conducting Program can be found at their individual program pages.

Outstanding Facilities

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 administrative offices. The Conservatory's largest performing venue is the Sosnoff Theater at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Additional performing venues, classrooms, practice rooms, and studios are located throughout campus in the Avery Arts Center, the Olin Humanities Building, and the Bito Practice Room Building.

Our Mission

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."