Welcome to the Bard Conservatory Double-Degree Program.
Frank Corliss, Director, Bard College Conservatory of Music
You are joining a unique community of accomplished, intelligent, and supportive musicians who are combining music making of the highest standard with an ambitious liberal arts curriculum. The fully integrated double-degree curriculum not only prepares one for life after college but also develops better musicians—musicians who can put their music making in a larger intellectual, social, and artistic context; who can bring a broader set of intellectual skills to their music making; who can serve their community and move the art of music forward. The world is changing, and it is not enough to just be able to play your instrument well. Musicians now must be able to think broadly, creatively, and entrepreneurially about the art form. To achieve these ambitious goals you will have an incredible group of faculty—musicians of the highest caliber who are also dedicated and supportive educators.
This section of the website is to help you take the first steps of becoming part of the Conservatory. Since Conservatory students are fully integrated into the larger Bard College community, the majority of your enrollment and orientation will be done through the College. Below you will find more details about that, and you will also find some helpful initial information specific to the Conservatory program.
Welcome to the Bard Conservatory. You will learn a lot, you will have fun, and you will never be bored!