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Bard Conservatory's Third Annual Concerto Competition

Emily Darrow



ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Bard College Conservatory of Music presents the third annual Concerto Competition this November. The preliminary round is held in Olin Hall on Sunday, November 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; the final round is held in the Sosnoff Theater of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to view the competition; no reservations are necessary. Winners of the competition will perform as soloists with the American Symphony Orchestra at Bard’s Fisher Center in the 2008–09 season.


Twenty-one students from the Conservatory are participating in the competition. The judges are Calvin Wiersma, violinist with the Manhattan String Quartet; Susan Wadsworth, founder and director of Young Concert Artists, Inc., which is dedicated to discovering and launching the careers of gifted musicians (including Murray Perahia, Pinchas Zukerman, Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, and Dawn Upshaw); Todd Palmer, clarinetist, winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and Concorso Internazionale di Musica in Trieste, Italy; and Leon Botstein, president of Bard College and music director and principal conductor of both the American Symphony Orchestra in New York and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the radio orchestra of Israel.


Building on its distinguished history in the arts and education, Bard College launched The Bard College Conservatory of Music, which welcomed its first class in August 2005. This innovative, double-degree program is guided by the principle that musicians should be broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences to achieve their greatest potential. While training and studying for the bachelor of music degree with world-class musicians and teachers and performing in state-of-the art facilities, such as the Frank Gehry–designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Conservatory students also pursue a bachelor of arts degree at Bard, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. Robert Martin serves as director of the Conservatory, Melvin Chen as associate director.


For further information about The Bard College Conservatory of Music, call 845-758-7196, e-mail, or visit


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This event was last updated on 11-27-2007