In Thursday’s (4/1) Boston Globe, Geoff Edgers writes, “After years in the shadow of Boston’s major classical music schools, the Longy School of Music is looking to change course, transitioning from a small institution to a more significant player, perhaps as a satellite of Bard College in New York. … The school is negotiating to become a graduate school of Bard. If an agreement is reached, Longy would include Bard in its name and develop a master of arts in teaching program with the larger institution, a liberal arts college that also oversees two New York City high schools and has campuses in Russia and Jerusalem. Longy’s president, Karen Zorn, said she could not talk about the details of the potential arrangement because the schools are in negotiations and bound by a confidentiality agreement. But she did confirm that an announcement could come as early as this fall. … The school, founded by Boston Symphony Orchestra oboist Georges Longy in 1915, has balanced its conservatory training with a thriving community program that offers instruction to children and adults studying music nonprofessionally. Those programs are not slated to change. But Longy this month restructured its faculty—cutting 37 of its 188 teachers—in order to streamline its staff.”

Posted April 2, 2010