Bard College Conservatory of Music

Annadale-on-Hudson,  NY,  12504
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We are a Conservatory for the 21st Century. The Bard College Conservatory of Music takes an innovative approach to educating the musicians of the 21st Century. Blending a beautiful setting along the Hudson River, a world class faculty, a student body of the highest artistic level, an intellectually rigorous liberal arts college, and an intimate and supportive learning environment, it is an exceptional place where artists of originality and excellence are nurtured and challenged. Every student in the Conservatory is also a student in the College. We believe deeply in the value of an education in the liberal arts and sciences, not as a luxury but as the best preparation for functioning competitively and creatively. By strengthening free inquiry, the liberal arts and sciences build and protect the freedom to question old models, preserve the past, and initiate change, in music as in other fields. Students in the Conservatory participate fully in the life of the College by pursuing a major in a field other than music. In close relationship with their liberal arts education, Conservatory students receive an unparalleled musical education, working closely with world-class master teachers. The double-degree program is demanding, but because the Conservatory and the College are small and flexible and because of the close integration of the two, students are helped to rise to the challenges. They are also helped by belonging to a community with a shared belief in the importance of educating the whole person. The artistry derived from involvement with the members of the Conservatory faculty is enriched by serious participation in Bard's scholarly community. No place is better positioned to ensure the success of this delicate symbiosis than Bard College. One may ask: For whom is the Conservatory at Bard intended? Is it for the person determined to have a career in music, enriched by the benefits of a liberal arts education? Yes. Is it for the person who seeks a combined career in music and some other field? Yes. Could it be for the person whose career goal lies in a field other than music, but who wishes to study music deeply? Yes. Simply put, the Conservatory is designed for the young person of talent and curiosity in multiple areas who is committed to continuing to learn and develop in these areas. The goal of the Conservatory, with its integration into the College, is precisely to support such students and to encourage them to keep their minds and their options open.

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