The Upbeats: Bard Music Mentoring Program
The Upbeats is dedicated to bringing the joy of music making to children from local communities. Bard music mentors have a passion for music and, more important, for sharing the gift of playing music with others. Lessons are provided to children for whom private instruction would otherwise cause their families financial strain. Children are given individual lessons and the opportunity to participate in music theory workshops. The semester culminates in a small recital put on by the children.
For more information, please contact Samantha Burke, Project Director at email@example.com
Bard College Gospel Choir The Gospel Choir embraces a large community of students, ranging from music majors to political science majors to graduate students. Working with artist in residence Erica Lindsay, the choir meets in Blum’s Jazz Room and learns material for upcoming performances, as well as the history of the religious and sacred music it performs.
Bard Makes Noise
A new feature of the Stevenson Library’s online archive is Bard Makes Noise, a Web page that documents 40 years of student musicians and bands through audio, video, photos, and more. It’s available at www.bard.edu/bardmakesnoise. MORE >>
John Cage Trust The John Cage Trust (JCT), created to oversee the use of the published and unpublished work of one of the 20th century’s most important composers, writers, and artists, has a permanent residence at Bard College. The Trust’s holdings—which include scores, recordings, texts, artworks, Cage’s personal library, and ephemera—are accessible to scholars, students, faculty, and the general public. The JCT also generates courses, workshops, and concerts, as well as other educational activities and programs.
Contemporaneous is a New York City-based ensemble of nineteen musicians dedicated to performing and promoting the most exciting music of now. Founded in 2010 at Bard College, several of the members and featured composers of Contemporaneous are current students or alumni of the Bard College Music Program and Conservatory of Music. The ensemble presents an annual concert series at Bard that regularly features world premiere works and innovative multimedia productions.
The Republic of Georgia, a small country on the Black Sea, is home to one of the world's richest traditions of polyphonic singing. The Bard College Georgian Choir offers students an opportunity to study and perform this unique and exciting music. Aspects of Georgian culture are mixed in to provide context. Unusual vocal techniques are also offered, including complex ornamentation and yodeling.
Rehearsals for the fall 2013 semester are Sundays in Bard Hall from 6:30-8:30 pm. For more information, please contact Carl Linich at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bard Musical Theater Company This student-run organization is designed to giving interested members of the Bard community an outlet to perform, direct, produce, or simply be part of a musical theater production. Conceived as a “fun” corollary to Bard’s Theater Program, the company is open to anyone—singer, actor, dancer, director, stage manager—who loves the musical form.
Bard Music Festival
Founded in 1990, the Bard Music Festival, part of the annual SummerScape series of dance, opera, theater, film, and cabaret offerings, focuses on the life and work of a single composer, presenting that work in the cultural and social context of his time. Programs featuring recital and chamber music and full orchestral and choral works are complemented by preconcert talks, panel discussions by prestigious musicians and scholars, and special events, all of which take place in the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and other venues on Bard’s Annandale campus. “From the Bard Music Festival” is a growing part of the Bard Music Festival. In addition to the festival programming at Bard College, “From the Bard Music Festival” performs concerts from past seasons and develops special concert events for outside engagements. MORE >>