Tony Arnold Named 2015–2016 Artist-in-Residence

June 01, 2015

Boston Conservatory is thrilled to announce that acclaimed soprano Tony Arnold will be a Music Division Artist-in-Residence for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

A titan in the contemporary music world, Arnold is one of the most recorded singers of this genre, with more than two-dozen discs to her credit on renowned record labels, as well a 2006 Grammy Award nomination. Her sparkling and insightful performances of even the most daunting contemporary scores has garnered international praise and inspired collaborations with the most cutting-edge composers and instrumentalists on the world stage.

"Arnold is a tour-de-force specialist of contemporary music, and a friend and colleague of many at the Conservatory," said former Music Division Director Abra K. Bush, D.M.A. "All of those who have been working with her to plan the residency have experienced the electricity she brings to her projects. She is bold, dynamic, engaging, thoughtful and highly creative."  

Arnold's residency, funded in part through the generosity of Pam Kunkemueller, will encompass the creation of new works using students in all the disciplines, including work with composers, singers, instrumentalists, poets and actors. In addition, she will teach music history and composition, conduct the Boston Conservatory's new music ensemble and perform as part of the New Music Festival in February 2016.

"With the Conservatory’s focus on new works, the residency of a performer of this stature is an important part of our students' training, especially in this inaugural year of our Master of Music degree in Contemporary Music Performance," Bush explained. "I am certain that she will inspire our students to take risks, think outside the box and innovate with integrity."

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The Tony Arnold Residency is supported by the Boston Conservatory's Kunkemueller Guest Artist Residency Program.