László Bitó '60 and his wife Olivia have been supporters of the Conservatory since its founding. It is no exaggeration to say that the Conservatory exists only because of their support over many years. We would be homeless if it were not for their generous donation that made possible the construction of the beautiful building in which we make music every day. Our student body would be smaller and less diverse if it were not for the scholarships that the Bitó's have generously funded, allowing students from Hungary, Eastern Europe and around the world to study at Bard. Our musical voices would be more frequently silent if it were not for the many performances they made possible both on campus and around the world. We mourn the passing of this great man. And we stand with Olivia Bitó and her family during this time of great personal loss.
We in the Conservatory owe László Bitó an enormous debt of gratitude—a debt which we can only repay by aspiring to live by the ideals he embodied through a life dedicated to art, creativity, education, and the dignity of all humankind.
-Frank Corliss, director of Bard Conservatory
Announcing The Creation Of Bard Conservatory's Inclusive Excellence in Music Scholarships
Bard Conservatory is committed to fostering musical and academic excellence in students coming from populations historically underrepresented in the classical music field. Bard Conservatory is pleased to announce the creation of up to 5 Inclusive Excellence in Music Scholarships for incoming first years in the Undergraduate Double Degree Program, 1 for incoming first years the Graduate Vocal Arts Program, and 1 for incoming first years in the Graduate Conducting Program.
These scholarships will cover up to the full cost of tuition, room and board at Bard College for the entirety of the student's academic program, and all students applying from populations that have been historically underrepresented in classical music will automatically be considered for this scholarship. In addition to financial support, our Inclusive Excellence in Music scholars will also receive support from Conservatory peer and faculty mentors in bi-weekly meetings, as well as full access to the resources of Bard College's Office of Equity and Inclusion. These services include group advising, the Learning Commons, and leadership development.