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Graduate Performance Diploma - Historical Performance

Longy School of Music of Bard College
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Start dates
Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA)
Spring 2021

Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA)
Fall 2021

Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA)
Spring 2021

Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA)
Fall 2021

Program description

Graduate Performance Diploma - Historical Performance

This two-year program was created so you can focus intensively on training, performance, and professional opportunities. The GPD/GD program usually comes after the completion of a Master of Music degree. Compared to the Master of Music, it requires fewer academic courses and is focused on your skills and interests. If you want to dig in deeper before launching your career, this program is perfect for you.

Historical Performance Major

Historically informed performance plays a central role in Longy’s artistic and academic life. The curriculum focuses on both repertoire and research in its approach to music composed before 1800, featuring some of the most unique and in-depth course offerings in early music in the United States.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, post-secondary conservatory diploma, or demonstrated equivalent
  • Academic and performance record demonstrating the capacity to excel in full-time studies
  • Applicants in performance must present an audition

English Proficiency

All applicants for whom English is not a first or primary language must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo English Test.

Recommended minimum scores for admission to the Undergraduate Diploma (UD), Master of Music (MM), Graduate Performance Diploma (GPD), Graduate Diploma in Composition (GD), and Artist Diploma (AD):

  • TOEFL: 63
  • IELTS: 5.5
  • Duolingo: 90

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.


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Program content

Women Filling the Gap

Explore the works of women composers between the Baroque and Classical periods. Examine and perform their works within a broader social and cultural context, discuss the forces that shaped the traditional canon of “Western Art Music,” and consider why their music has been historically excluded.

Mighty Miniatures

Delve into the works of C.P.E. Bach, whose music grappled with issues of morality through small-scale, dense musical forms that incorporate dramatic surprise and eventfulness in a limited space.

Studio Lessons

Collaboration with a faculty mentor is the cornerstone of conservatory education at Longy. Together you will explore your unique artistic and professional goals while expanding your technical and musical insight. Early music faculty members include renowned performers and musicologists, all of whom maintain active roles in the field.

Masterclasses and Seminars

Through workshops, masterclasses, discussions, and presentations, weekly seminars allow early music students to explore a wide range of technical, historical, theoretical, and aesthetic issues.

Chamber Music

Georges Longy’s belief in the power of collaboration inspires the central role of chamber music in our conservatory. You will work closely with faculty coaches every semester and explore ensemble playing through coursework, informal readings, and community outreach.

Performance Practice

Topics courses allow students to research specialized areas of study focusing on the intersection of performance and scholarship. Recent offerings have included Baroque Ornamentation, Rhetoric of Baroque Performance, as well as Culture and Convention of Mozart’s Operas.

Performance Courses

Classes include the study of original sources and theoretical materials, culminating in a public performance. Recent courses include:

  • 12th-Century Vocal Repertories of Germany and France
  • Early opera project: A Orontea by Cesti
  • English Theatre Songs
  • J.S. Bach for Viols
  • Medieval Masters of Italian Trecento
  • Music from Odhecaton
  • The Intimate French Baroque

Figured Bass Practicum

Students learn continuo playing while developing flexibility within collaboration and exploring a wide spectrum of repertoire.

Historical Dance for Musicians

Exploring both Renaissance and Baroque Styles, students learn dances including the sarabande, galliard, and menuet to better comprehend similarly titled pieces of the period. Students also play and sing for dancers, paying particular attention to tempo, articulation, character, and form.

Historical Performance Emphasis

Available to Brass, Strings, and Woodwinds students, this emphasis enables you to further hone your musical expertise by exploring a historical performance component.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Program delivery

The following delivery options are available:

  • Online
  • Hybrid-Online
  • Hybrid-In-Person
  • In-Person

Tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for this program is $37,000

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Longy School of Music of Bard College

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Longy School of Music of Bard College

27 Garden Street
02138 Cambridge Massachusetts
United States of America

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