Boston Conservatory President Richard Ortner, who transformed the institution with new faculty appointments, new construction of state-of-the-art facilities, groundbreaking programs for individuals with special needs, and a merger with Berklee College of Music, announces his retirement in June 2017. Ortner, the Conservatory’s eighth president, has served for 18 years. He will remain active as a senior advisor, focusing on international reputation, board building, and formulation of the institution’s music, dance, and theater strategies.
Wanda Strukus appeared on a recent Inside Berklee podcast to discuss the state of contemporary theater, building a program from its infancy, and how the recent merger with Berklee is already opening up new possibilities for collaboration.
Boston Conservatory at Berklee will become the first performing arts institution in the United States to offer students a ballet teaching qualification in partnership with the Royal Academy of Dance, a global leader in dance education and training.
Boston Conservatory alumna and violinist Christina Bouey has won the coveted Grand Prize at the prestigious 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition with her string ensemble, the Ulysses Quartet.