Programs

Undergraduate Double-Degree

This unique undergraduate program leads to both bachelor of music and bachelor of arts degrees. This integrated five-year program combines the benefits of an intensive world-class musical education with the advantages of broad exposure to the liberal arts and sciences.

Graduate Vocal Arts Program

The Graduate Vocal Arts Program at The Bard College Conservatory of Music is a unique master of music program in vocal performance. This two-year degree balances a respect for established repertory and expressive techniques with the flexibility and curiosity needed to keep abreast of evolving musical ideas.

Graduate Orchestral Conducting

The Conservatory's Orchestral Conducting Program is a two-year graduate curriculum that culminates in the master of music (M.M.) degree. The program equips graduates with the broad-based skills and experience necessary to meet the special opportunities and challenges of a conducting or conducting-related career in the 21st century.

Graduate Choral Conducting

Throughout the four semesters, instruction in choral conducting is based on significant podium time with a variety of ensembles and choral repertoire. Students work regularly with the Bard Chamber Singers, Bard Symphonic Chorus, and have anopportunity to conduct the Concert Chorale of New York.

Collaborative Piano Fellowship

The Postgraduate Collaborative Piano Fellowship is a two-year fellowship designed to give professional experience to pianists who have a strong interest in becoming collaborative artists, with the ultimate aim of easing the transition between school and the working world of a collaborative pianist

Advanced Performance Studies

The Advanced Performance Studies Program is a nondegree-granting, four-semester program for exceptionally gifted performers who wish to continue their study of music through concentrated study with the world-class faculty of the Bard Conservatory.

Preparatory Division

A Saturday music program for young people ages 5 through 18. The mission of the Preparatory Division of The Bard College Conservatory of Music is to offer young people between the ages of five and 18 the joy of studying music in the context of a first-class conservatory.

Conductors Institute

The Conductors Institute offers a variety of summer programs that allow students to tailor their own programs. The Institute's mission is to promote technical clarity and precision in baton movement in a positive working atmosphere that enables conductors at every level to fulfill their musical capabilities.

Bard College Music Program

In addition to the Conservatory of Music double-degree and graduate programs, Bard offers a standard four-year B.A. in music through the Bard College Music Program.

A student majoring in music in the Music Program is studying music in a liberal arts context. Music majors in the Music Program can study jazz, electronic and experimental music, music theory and history, ethnomusicology, composition, as well as classical performance. They can also study other instruments such as saxophone, guitar (electric and acoustic), and world instruments. Students may also major in voice in the Music Program at the undergraduate level. (The study of voice in the Conservatory is a M.M. degree only.) Though students may choose to double major in some other subject in addition to music, they ultimately earn only one four-year Bachelor of Arts degree.

There is a great deal of interaction and collaboration between the Conservatory and the Music Program and their respective students and faculty. They share facilities. There are frequent joint performances between students in both programs. And some faculty members teach in both programs. In fact, any class and ensemble in either program is open to any student at Bard as long as they meet the prerequisites or pass any required individual ensemble auditions. For more information about the Bard College Music Program please click the link below.
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