Longy students perform frequently in a number of settings: solo recitals, chamber music performances, Longy Conservatory Orchestra (LCO) concerts, operas, master classes, repertoire classes, and student concert series.
Chamber music is a vital part of Longy, and most students perform in a faculty-coached chamber ensemble each semester. Numerous ensembles allow students to explore everything from medieval, Renaissance, and baroque music to jazz, latin, avant garde, and free music.
Annual competitions include the Longy Concerto Competition, where winners perform as a soloist with the LCO in addition to the Longy Honors Competition.
Singers perform in opera scenes programs, one acts, recitals, vocal chamber music, and a Baroque opera project. The opera program also presents one full production with orchestra each spring.
Longy composers have their works performed frequently through department concerts, seminars, orchestra readings, and collaborations with ensembles-in-residence.
Our students are active performers in the Boston area and have performed with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Boston Baroque, the Boston Philharmonic, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, and the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, among many other ensembles.
We believe that teaching is essential for the future of our art and that good teaching should be a form of heightened, enlivened communication. Rather than focusing solely on acquiring pedagogical skills, we seek to draw out your latent expertise and help you communicate authentically.
All students participate in the Experiential Education Program, a core component of Longy’s curriculum that is designed to prepare students to make a difference in an increasingly diverse and complex world. The program places students on the other end of the teacher-student relationship and challenges them to think about new approaches to teaching and communication. The program culminates in student-designed musical projects in the community that reach thousands of people every year.
Longy is also proud to launch a new program, the Masters of Arts in Teaching, in collaboration with Bard College and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The MAT is an El Sistema-inspired program and it offers graduate study for musicians with the desire to respond to today’s educational needs and participate in the growing El Sistema movement in the United States.
Modern musicians are required to be more than just technicians or craftsmen – they must have a deep understanding of the context of their art, the ability to think critically about their artistic choices, and the drive to engage in a continuous process of self-reflection.
Longy students are challenged to rethink the future of music performance, music education, and the role of music in society. Students carry this critical approach to existing as a musician to all aspects of their music-making, from the practice room to the concert hall and beyond.
Longy’s Mind/Body offerings enable students to address the challenges they face as musicians and as people. Courses in mental preparation to performance, yoga, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Alexander Technique, and Feldenkrais all allow students to gain new insight into their approach to interpretation and performance.
The Experiential Education Program helps students prepare for the new model of life as a modern musician, where engagement is essential and outreach means much more than merely performing in new venues.