Graduate Choral Conducting Program

Benjamin Ruesch '17

What is your current year of study? second year
What is your focus of study? Choral Conducting
What is your primary instrument? Tuba
Who is your current teacher? James Bagwell
Where is your hometown? Lexington, MA
Where did you study before Bard College?
University of Massachusetts Lowell
What did you do this past summer?
I performed with the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes and Drums, attended concerts at the Tanglewood Music Center, and enjoyed new gastronomic adventures in Boston.
What was the main factor(s) in your choosing to attend Bard College?
The desire to be in a conservatory setting, as well as the location.
What were the last three things you listened to?
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Gavin Greenaway: Reflections of Earth
Michael Gandolfi: "Ascending Light" for Organ and Orchestra

Life After Bard

The unique and hands-on opportunities available to the Bard Conservatory Graduate Conducting Program have lead our students to exciting and varied careers.  Distinctions of our graduates include: 
Ensembles and Institutions: BBC Symphony; Brooks School, director of choral and classical music; Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Orchestra, assistant conductor; Collegiate Chorale, assistant conductor; Hilliard Ensemble; Luzerne Music Center; New York Youth Symphony; Opera Philadelphia; Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, assistant artistic director
Festivals: Bang on a Can Marathon; Night at Proms 2015; Opera Company of the Highlands 2011
Venues: Carnegie Hall; Le poisson rouge; Lincoln Center; Merkin Concert Hall