Posted by on Jun 14, 2015 in The Long Journey #blog | No Comments

Dear Friends,

First off, I would like to thank everyone who attended my graduation recital, it was such a magical night! I anticipated 30 people to show but around 70 people filled the hall. I think I learned something from this experience —  stamina was the test. I realized a couple of weeks before the performance that I had programmed 4 big works but also works that interested me! The program consisted of Beethoven’s Sonata no. 4, Penderecki’s Cadenza for solo violin, J. S. Bach’s Chaconne, and the Franck Sonata; an almost 2 hour program. Thanks again for joining me on that journey!

Recital Picture Graduation Recital (May 14th, 2015)

My graduation was at Riverside Church, an idea and project of John D. Rockefeller in the 1920s. The church is literally across the street from Manhattan School of Music, such an amazing view to look at every morning before school. One of our honorary degree recipients Howard Herring spoke at commencement. He is the president of the New World Symphony, a training orchestra for serious orchestral musicians. I hope to audition for that organization sometime in the next year. Wish me luck! My parents flew from NC along with our great friend Jeaneane who has been there since 2008. I was really thankful to have them there.

IMG_2299 Commencement (May 15th, 2015) 

This past semester I auditioned live for Indiana University, University of Miami, Rice University, New England Conservatory, Bard College (Boston), SUNY-Stony Brook  and the Manhattan School of Music. I decided to attend the Manhattan School of Music again for a Masters of Music because they offered me full tuition. All I’ll have to worry about now is paying for rent, food, music, textbooks, health insurance — in other words I still need to pay for my living. If you would like to donate, send all donations to “Manhattan School of Music 120 Claremont Avenue, New York, NY 10027 #113145 Ronald V Long Jr.” Other than that, I’m glad I made the decision to attend a familiar place. I will be studying with Patinka Kopec along with coaching with other faculty members. This degree is a two year long program. I plan to learn even more this time around! 


Over and out,