Advice for aspiring conservatory graduates: six commencement addresses from 2016

Posted on: June 10, 2016

“This spring, thousands of conservatory graduates are marching into the world as newly minted aspiring musicians,” writes Marrin Lazyan at New York classical radio station WQXR on Tuesday (6/7). “Representing the next generation of performers and teachers, [they] will shape the future of classical music, but on commencement day, the training and traditions that have shaped them are honored. To celebrate this milestone, renowned performers addressed graduating classes across the country, sharing stories, wisdom and enthusiasm for their art.” The story summarizes and links to addresses delivered this spring by actress Christine Baranski at the Juilliard School; pianist Awadagin Pratt (Peabody Conservatory of Music); violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins (Manhattan School of Music); Metropolitan Opera radio host and announced May Jo Heath (Eastman School of Music); International Contemporary Ensemble flutist Claire Chase (Cleveland Institute of Music); and soprano Jessye Norman (Oberlin College).

Posted June 10, 2016