Bard College has, since its inception, placed an emphasis on the arts in the curriculum and the community.
Since 1975, conductor and music historian Leon Botstein has been president of Bard, further strengthening the College’s commitment to the performing arts. Bard founded, and has run for more than 25 years, one of the nation’s most creative and esteemed music festivals, while building outstanding performing arts spaces across its stunning Hudson River Valley campus.
Bard established an acclaimed conservatory program, as well as a unique graduate orchestral program, and welcomes world-renowned performers to the campus on a regular basis, both to work with students and to perform for a public audience. Together, these efforts have earned Bard an international reputation as a college where the fine and performing arts flourish.
This history and these strengths make Bard’s partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center particularly fitting. The College’s Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, campus is the fusion of three historic estates, comprising nearly 1,000 acres along the Hudson River, about 90 miles north of New York City, joining together the historic beauty of the region with the College’s thriving artistic and intellectual community. Throughout the summer, Bard’s campus teems with performing arts activity. At Bard, Summer Jazz Academy participants can take their work to the next level on one of the most beautiful and culturally stimulating campuses in the nation.
Founded in 1860, Bard College is a highly selective independent, nonsectarian, coeducational, four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences, offering the bachelor of arts degree with concentrations in nearly 50 academic programs in four divisions—Arts; Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and Social Studies—and Interdivisional Programs and Concentrations. The undergraduate College has an enrollment of more than 1,900 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1. Bard also offers several dual-degree, early college, graduate, and international programs. For information: bard.edu