Longy Leadership

Karen Zorn


Karen Zorn has been President of Longy School of Music of Bard College since 2007. With the merger of Longy and Bard College in 2012, she assumed the role of Vice President, Bard College. In the six years since her arrival, Zorn has led Longy through a process of radical change unprecedented in its nearly 100-year history. A fearless educational entrepreneur, she has balanced the budget, boosted enrollment, executed a merger with Bard College and established partnerships with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and FundaMusical of Venezuela (El Sistema) to launch innovative programs of study and community engagement. These include the recently launched Take a Stand program and new Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Music education program, based in Los Angeles and soon to expand to the East Coast, as well as teaching by Longy Conservatory students in public schools, community centers, prisons, nursing homes and other external venues where the traditions of music education can contribute to public life.

A Wisconsin native and Boston resident, Zorn is herself a classically trained musician, having been educated as a pianist at Goshen College in Indiana and later receiving a master’s degree in piano performance at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Prior to her tenure at Longy, Zorn served as Associate Provost at Berklee College of Music and held the roles of Acting Director and Director of Instruction at MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis. She has taught as a member of the faculties of Berklee, MacPhail, and the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Wayman Chin

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.

Howard Levy

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.

Sue Pekock

Director of Development

Sue has more than 20 years of fundraising and capital campaign experience, nearly 15 years of which was spent in performing arts and higher education. Sue served as the Senior Principal Giving Advisor and Regional Campaign Director at Boston College, where she was a member of their fundraising and development team for more than 10 years. Prior to that, she managed all aspects of fundraising for Boston Lyric Opera. Her experience covers nearly every aspect of fundraising and development, in organizations both large and small.

Kalen Ratzlaff

Chief of Staff

Kalen Ratzlaff became a member of senior staff in 2008. Prior to joining the school’s administrative staff in 2005, Ratzlaff held positions in information technology and application development in Bank of Boston/Fleet Bank’s commercial lending and investment banking divisions.  He studied classical piano in his native Minnesota at Saint Olaf College and MacPhail Center for the Arts, and at Longy School of Music after moving to the East Coast. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a guest lecturer on opera and literature and is the Boston reviewer for Opera News magazine.

Ann Welch

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Ann joined the Longy team as the Director of Strategic Initiatives in November 2013. Ann comes to Longy with a decade of experience in nonprofit administration, consulting and fundraising, having directed capital campaigns for large nonprofits in the arts, healthcare, social services, and education sectors. A Massachusetts native, she is happy to have returned after two years in Austin, TX, where she served as the Director of Development at the Austin Film Society. Prior to that, she was a consultant at CCS Fundraising in New York, NY, providing counsel to nonprofits in New York City and Thomasville, GA. She began her career as a paralegal at an international law firm and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. She earned a Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College. She serves on the board of One Year Lease Theater Ensemble in Brooklyn, NY.