Student Stories

Zongheng Zhang '21

What is your current year of study in the Bard Conservatory?
First year
What is your primary instrument?
Violin
Who is your current instrumental instructor(s)?
Professor Todd Phillips
What is your second major? If you are undecided, which second major(s) are you considering?
Undecided, considering Literature and Economics
Where is your hometown?
Hubei, China
What did you do this past summer?
Joined the Language & Thinking program at Bard.
What was the main factor(s) in your choosing to attend Bard College?
The double degree program for Conservatory students.
What do you do in your free time?
Reading, this is the big change for me. Now I really love reading.

Life After Bard

Since its inception, undergraduate students of the Bard Conservatory have distinguished themselves through:

Graduate School Acceptances: Music Performance
Boston University
The Colburn School
The Curtis Institute of Music
Indiana University
The Juilliard School
Manhattan School of Music
Mannes College The New School for Music
New England Conservatory
Northwestern University
Rice University
SUNY Stony Brook
University of Michigan
University of Southern California
Yale School of Music

Other Graduate and Professional School Acceptances
California Institute of Technology
Johns Hopkins University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea - Global M.B.A. Program

Music Festival Acceptances
Aspen Music Festival and School
Atlantic Music Festival
Banff Summer Arts Festival
Bowdoin International Music Festival
Castleton Festival
Colorado Music Festival
European American Musical Alliance Summer Composition Program
Kent/Blossom Music and Arts Festival
Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival
Manchester Music Festival
Music Academy of the West Summer Festival
New York String Orchestra Seminar
Pacific Rim Music Festival
Pierre Monteux School Quartet Program
Round Top Festival Institute
Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival
Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival
Tanglewood Music Center
Verbier Festival
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Yellow Barn Music School and Festival

Competitions and Jobs
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artist’s Competition, first prize, 2011
Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, silver medal, 2010
Houston Symphony, associate principal second violin
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, ​principal oboe 
Michael Hill International Violin Competition, finalist, 2011
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