The Longy School of Music of Bard College is shutting down its youth and community education programs. The reason given – - ‘in order to support continuing growth’ at conservatory level. Three years ago, Longy laid off one in five conservatory staff.
Longy, in Cambridge, Mass., was founded in 1915 by George Longy, oboist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It is short of funds and apparently no longer wants to deal with pre-college kids and parents.
Here’s the letter that went out:
Dear Longy Preparatory and Continuing Studies Students and Families,The past several years at Longy have been characterized by record growth in the School”s conservatory. Our recent merger with Bard College and new partnerships with organizations like the Los Angeles Philharmonic have only contributed to our rising stature as a world-class institution for advanced musical study in the United States.
With this growth comes necessary consequences and difficult decisions about the best path forward for the School. We are writing to let you know that on Monday, March 4, in order to support the continuing growth of our conservatory and address our critical need for practice and teaching space, the Board of Governors of the Longy School of Music of Bard College voted to discontinue all Preparatory and Continuing Studies program offerings, effective August 31, 2013.
We understand that music lessons are a regular part of you and your family”s extracurricular life. To that end, we plan to work closely with you over the next six months to identify additional resources in Cambridge and greater Boston for music instruction. Within the next week, we will circulate a list of community music schools and other institutions that offer private lessons, classes and ensemble opportunities for students of all ages. Additionally, you can leave a message with additional questions for a member of the Longy staff at 617.876.0956 x1000. Staff will be monitoring the voicebox regularly and will return your call as soon as possible.
Finally, we anticipate that many current instructors will continue to offer lessons in their private studios or at other institutions with which they are affiliated, and we encourage you to speak with them directly about private lesson arrangements moving forward.
Again, we would like to reiterate what a difficult decision this was for Longy leadership. Many of us have our own, very personal connection to Preparatory and Continuing Studies. We are committed to easing the transition for you, your family, and our faculty in the weeks ahead, and will be in touch with more information as it becomes available.
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