December 21, 2018 – Bard College announces the appointment of Tan Dun as Dean of the Bard College Conservatory of Music. As dean, Tan Dun will guide the Conservatory in fulfilling its mission of teaching young musicians both new music and music history, while deepening an understanding of its connection to history, art and culture, and society. He will also help to build synergy between Eastern and Western studies at the Conservatory, including at its recently founded US-China Music Institute.
This appointment is a continuation of Tan Dun’s long-lasting relationship with Bard College and the TON Orchestra. “The language of music is universal and connect all kinds of people from diverse cultures, languages, and with different dreams. I look forward to working with the students of Bard’s Conservatory of Music in imagining and reimagining their careers as artists and helping them become even more connected to our growing world and widening musical soundscape.”
Tan Dun will begin his tenure as Dean of the Bard College Conservatory of Music on July 1, 2019.