The Bard Conservatory offers unparalleled musical opportunities for its students. The Conservatory Orchestra performs regularly on campus, in New York City, and in semiannual concert tours to Asia or Europe. Students frequently perform alongside faculty in chamber music concerts at Bard, in regional chamber music concert series, and in concerts for the Bard Music Festival. Concerto competition winners from the undergraduate instrumental and graduate Vocal Arts Programs perform with either the Bard Conservatory Orchestra or the American Symphony Orchestra.
The Bard Conservatory’s undergraduate faculty members are renowned performing musicians whose artistry has been featured in the world’s great concert halls. They are on campus weekly to give lessons, coach chamber ensembles, offer master classes, hold studio classes, and lead sectional rehearsals of the orchestra. Details about the faculties of the graduate Vocal Arts Program and the Graduate Conducting Program can be found at their individual program pages.
The László Z. Bitó ’60 building, completed in 2013, contains general-use classrooms, faculty offices, teaching studios, two percussion studios, a 100-seat recital hall, a student lounge, instrument storage lockers, and administrative offices. The Conservatory’s largest performing venue is the Sosnoff Theater at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Additional performing venues, classrooms, practice rooms, and studios are located throughout campus in the Avery Arts Center, the Olin Humanities Building, and the Bitó Practice Room Building.