The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College
The Music Program is housed in the Edith C. Blum Institute, part of the newly renovated Milton and Sally Avery Arts Center, which is also home to the Film and Electronic Arts Program and the Conservatory. Music facilities at the Blum include practice rooms, a fully equipped soundproof recording studio, an editing studio, computer music studio, composition studio, listening library, jazz band rehearsal space, jazz percussion studio, instrument storage, small performance spaces, and an outdoor amphitheater. Students have access to grand and upright Steinway and Yamaha pianos.

The Main Building

A gift from László Z. Bitó ’60, the Bitó Conservatory Building was completed in December 2012. Designed by Deborah Berke and Partners Architects LLP, the building, of approximately 16,500 square feet, extends the facilities of both the Conservatory and the Music Program and is aslo available for use by other programs of the College. It contains teaching studios, classrooms, rehearsal rooms, and a performance space to accommodate an audience of approximately 120. The two graduate programs of the Conservatory—Vocal Arts and Conducting— also use the building, allowing for closer interaction with the undergraduate program of the Conservatory.

Other Performance Spaces

Students involved in any of the Music Program’s ensembles may take part in public performances on campus in several venues, including Olin Hall and the Sosnoff Theater at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Pianos—in addition to those in the music and practice room buildings—are available for student practice in Bard Hall, Olin, Chapel of the Holy Innocents, and several residence halls.

Student-Run Performance Opportunities

SMOG is a student-run rock and jazz performance space in a reconverted garage, open to Bard students for band performances or practices. The Old Gym is a multipurpose, student-run arts space with the technical capabilities of a small black-box theater. It is open to any student who wants to explore performance or alternative installation projects. The space is run by a committee of students from every artistic discipline—theater, film and electronic arts, dance, studio arts, photography, and music.