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Introducing the NYC Training Orchestra

Eliahu Sussman • News • November 6, 2014

Longy School of Music launches innovative orchestra-based M.M. program in NYC

Longy School of Music of Bard College has announced the formation of a new training orchestra that provides a Master of Music degree, recently approved by the State of New York and designed to prepare students for the mounting challenges facing today’s orchestra players. The training orchestra, recruited from the finest postgraduate musicians, will offer advanced orchestral and leadership training and grant a Master of Music degree in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies. All applicants accepted into the three-year degree program will receive a fellowship, which includes the full expense of tuition, as well as an annual stipend. Applications are now being accepted. The orchestra will begin performing during the 2015-16 academic year.

The orchestra will be based in New York City and will have a roster of conductors that includes James Conlon, music director of the Los Angeles Opera; JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Adam Fischer, music director of the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra and the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; and James Bagwell, principal guest conductor of The American Symphony Orchestra. Bard College president Leon Botstein, music director of The American Symphony Orchestra, will assume artistic leadership. The faculty will consist of professors and teachers from Bard College and the Longy School of Music, as well as eminent guest instructors.

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