Inaugurating Our Partnership with Longy School of Music

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Dean Wayman Chin
Dean Wayman Chin, Longy in the Berkshires program director.

Longy School of Music became the latest satellite in the Bard College system in June. This partnership played out last month at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, when the Cambridge, MA based conservatory staged Longy in the Berkshires. A two-week intensive music festival, Longy in the Berkshires brought world-class musicians and the next generation of talented music students to the Simon’s Rock campus.

Longy joined the roster at the Daniel Arts Center, adding energy to Simon’s Rock eclectic summer arts programming, which includes Aston Magna, the oldest annual summer festival in America devoted to music performed on period instru­ments; and The Berkshire Fringe, an alumni-driven arts festival.

“We are very excited that Longy hosted a music program here this summer to inaugurate our relationship,” enthused dean of academic affairs Anne O’Dwyer. Dean O’Dwyer anticipates opportunities to further the ties between Simon’s Rock and Longy. “We look forward to this partnership providing opportunities for exchanges, collaborations, and connections between music and the liberal arts in the years to come.”

Festival students trained for two weeks with faculty artists and renowned guest master teachers, including Masumi Rostad of the famed Pacifica Quartet, and Belgian violist Dimitri Murrath, first prize winner of the Primrose International Competition. The program was directed by Wayman Chin, dean of the conservatory at Longy. These exceptional younger pianists, instrumentalists, and vocalists experienced a slice of summer in the Berkshires while studying and making music at the highest level.

Art of Chamber Music Concert Series

Longy in the Berkshires featured the Art of Chamber Music Concert Series, including three Young Artist Concerts at the Kellogg Music Center and two Faculty Artist Showcases in the Daniel Arts Center. The five concerts featured a repertoire spanning 400 years of chamber music, including works by Bach, Haydn, Brahms, Schumann, Martinu, DeFalla, Durufle, Stravinsky, Hindemith, Francis Poulenc, and Libby Larsen.

Founded in 1915, Longy merged with Bard in June. Bard’s innovative model of a liberal arts college surrounded by satellite institutions encourages innovation and stewards the quality of undergraduate education. As the latest partner institution within the Bard system, Longy will contribute to the already strong music program at Bard and Simon’s Rock. In an article on Inside Higher Ed, President Botstein elaborated on the educational benefit of joining forces. “We are always looking for opportunities to grow by consolidation and by building alliances," Botstein said.