President, Longy School of Music of Bard College
Karen Zorn has been president of Longy School of Music of Bard College, formerly Longy School of Music, since 2007. She is a vice president of Bard College. A Wisconsin native and Jamaica Plain resident, Zorn was educated as a classical pianist at Goshen College in Indiana and later received a master’s degree in piano performance at the University of Missouri—Kansas City. Prior to her tenure at Longy, Zorn served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Berklee College of Music and held the roles of Acting Executive Director, Director of Individual Instruction, and Chair of the Keyboard Department at the MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minnesota. She has served on the faculty of Berklee, MacPhail and the University of Missouri–Kansas City.
Dean of the Conservatory
Wayman Chin joined the senior staff in January 2008 as Artistic Advisor to the President. A pianist, educator and prominent chamber musician, Chin was appointed Dean of the Conservatory in June 2008. In addition to overseeing Academic Affairs, he chairs Longy's Chamber Music program and continues to serve as the President's artistic advisor. Chin earned his Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School and a Master of Music degree from Yale University. Before joining the Longy faculty in 1994, Wayman taught at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (1988–2008). Beyond his international performance career and teaching responsibilities, Chin co-founded the Stamford International Music Festival in Great Britain, at which he teaches and performs every summer.
Director of Community Programs
Miriam Eckelhoefer, cellist and Director of Community Programs at Longy, has a multifaceted career as a performer, teacher and administrator. Since 1999, she has served on the Chamber Music and Cello faculty at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Connecticut, where she was Assistant Director of Ensembles. In 2005, she founded and became Co-Director of Elm City ChamberFest, a summer chamber music festival in New Haven. She earned her Bachelor of Science in mathematics as well as a Bachelor of Arts in music performance from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Music from Yale University, and she recently completed her doctoral studies at State University of New York at Stony Brook under the tutelage of Colin Carr. An active freelance musician, Eckelhoefer has performed at festivals throughout the United States, Canada, England, France, Italy and Holland.
Chief Financial Officer
Howard Levy has been a member of senior staff since May 2008. He has held numerous senior administrative and financial positions in educational and nonprofit organizations including Harvard University and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty for Animals. Levy currently serves on the Board of the Buddy Dog Humane Society and is the Treasurer of the Sudbury Youth Soccer Association. He holds bachelor’s degrees in engineering and economics and master’s degrees in operations research and statistics and business administration. Levy and his family reside in Sudbury.