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Longy School of Music merges with Bard College

Posted by Doug Most  June 13, 2011 06:41 PM

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Almost 100 years after it was founded by a famous oboist named Georges Longy, Cambridge's Longy School of Music announced Monday it is merging with Bard College, a liberal arts school in upstate New York.

The Globe reported last year that the two schools were talking (here is that story by Geoff Edgers and the video above was from that story, as well). As Edgers wrote of Longy seeking a partner: The change, occurring several months after a vote by teachers to unionize, has involved shedding more than 20 percent of its teachers, many of whom have taught for decades.

At the time, Longy president Karen Zorn said the talks with Bard began after Longy finally balanced its $7 million budget, after several years of running a $1 million deficit

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Longy, founded in 1915, has a rich musical history, and among its most notable alumni is Pulitzer Prize winning composer Elliott Carter, whose pieces James Levine took great pleasure in conducting for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

"The Longy School of Music of Bard College is excited about this compelling moment in the institution's history," Longy president Karen Zorn (at left) and Bard president Leon Botstein said in a joint statement. 

Zorn added: "Longy had been looking for a partner for several years and found an ideal match in mission and institutional direction in Bard College."

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