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A Conservatory for the 21st Century.


Music, like all art, engages the mind and the heart. It redefines boundaries and questions limits in order to make a meaningful statement about the human condition. The education of the mind is, therefore, as important as the education of the fingers. The greatest musicians not only have the technical mastery to communicate effectively, but also are deeply curious and equally adept at analytical and emotional modes of thought.

The mission of the Bard College Conservatory of Music is to provide the best possible preparation for a person dedicated to a life immersed in the creation and performance of music.

Now entering its fourth year, the conservatory features a unique double degree program in which all undergraduate conservatory students receive a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in another field. In addition, the conservatory offers graduate programs in Vocal Arts, led by renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw, and in Conducting, led by Harold Farberman, as well as a Post-Graduate Collaborative Piano Fellowship, directed by Frank Corliss.

Blending a beautiful setting along the Hudson River, a world class faculty, a student body of the highest artistic level, an innovative and intellectually rigorous liberal arts college, and a warm and supportive learning environment, the Bard College Conservatory of Music is an exceptional place in which to further one's artistic and intellectual aspirations.

Facilities of the Conservatory

The Conservatory office, classrooms, teaching studios, and practice rooms are located in the Blum Institute, the music wing of the Milton Avery Center for Arts on the Bard campus. Blum also contains a state-of-the-art recording studio and several large rehearsal and performance spaces, including Blum Hall.  Conservatory orchestra performances are held in the beautiful Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts designed by noted architect Frank Gehry. Additional performance venues on campus are Olin Auditorium, Bard Hall, and the Chapel of the Holy Innocents. The Graduate Program in Vocal Arts has its home in Manor Gatehouse and uses Olin Auditorium for its weekly seminars. Practice rooms in addition to those in Blum are located throughout the campus--in several residence halls, Manor Gatehouse, and in Olin Hall. In addition, academic classrooms are available for practice during evening hours. The music collection is housed in the Stevenson Library.

Planning is underway for expanded Conservatory facilities, including general-use classrooms, faculty offices, teaching studios, a 150-seat recital hall, and space for the archives of composer John Cage and several other major 20th-century composers.



--Design rendering by SMWM Architects

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