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Longy is right in its mission

Regarding your April 12 editorial “Like other nonprofits, Longy should serve its community”: Since the late 1990s, the trustees of Longy School of Music have wrestled with the future of a small, stand-alone, and poorly endowed institution. During those years, the board has thoughtfully examined alternatives and fiscal choices, and, most important, understood the urgency of rethinking how we train musicians and how we reach larger populations.

Preparing musicians to make a difference in the world, Longy’s mission since 2006 requires every graduate student to create music projects in the community. These teaching artists choose to study at Longy because they believe, as we do, that all children deserve access to music. They need and want the skills needed to touch the lives of adults beyond the private lesson teaching model.

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Since 1999, I have served as a trustee at Longy, taken lessons, and appreciated the talented and dedicated faculty. I support the recent unanimous decision of the board to close preparatory and continuing studies. I believe Longy’s greatest gift to the Boston community is its conservatory, training musicians to connect with those less likely to know the pure joy of making music.

Jeannette Taylor


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