Bari Mort

Undergraduate Discipline


BFA, State University of New York-Purchase. MM, The Juilliard School. Pianist, winner of Artists International Young Musicians Auditions; New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Member of New York Chamber Ensemble; performed with International String Quartet, Musica de Camera, Da Capo Chamber Players, Colorado String Quartet, American Symphony Orchestra, Columbia Artists’ Community Concerts. Broadcasts include PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center and NPR in New York and San Francisco. Recorded for ERM Records and Albany Records. Faculty member, Bard College, 1997-2006. SLC, 2008–

Current undergraduate courses

First Viennese School


The First Viennese School—referring to the 18th-century Classical music composers Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven—will delve into the cultural history of the time, along with biographical and compositional study. Backing into this time period with a quick look at late-Baroque and early-Classical composers, we will discover how the Classical style evolved, followed by an in-depth study of the three great composers, their influence on one another, and a comparative study of their work. The course will include listening, reading, score analysis, and discussion.


Music Workshops and Open Concerts

Music Workshops present an opportunity for students to perform music that they have been studying in an informal, supportive environment. In this class, participants will present a prepared piece and receive constructive feedback from the instructor and other students. Along with the specifics of each performance, class discussion may include general performance issues such as dealing with anxiety, stage presence, and other related topics. Each term will consist of three workshops, culminating at the end of each semester in an Open Concert that is a more formal recital. The
entire College community is welcome and encouraged to participate.


Romanticism in 19th-Century European Music


This course will explore 19th-century European music against the cultural backdrop of Romanticism, nationalism, the Industrial Revolution, and the rise of the middle class. During these years, the symphony orchestra grew from 30 or 40 players to upwards of 100 or more; composers began writing with increased technical virtuosity and were searching for more emotion, color, and drama with increased use of dissonance and chromaticism. We will study these developments with Beethoven as a “launching pad” and then move into the lives and music of Schubert, Chopin, Berlioz, Robert and Clara Schumann, Brahms, Wagner, and Liszt. The course will include listening, reading, score analysis, and discussion.


Previous courses

Keyboard Lab


This course is designed to accommodate beginning piano students who take the Keyboard Lab as the core of their Music Third or as part of a music “split” (e.g., a full lesson in voice with a half lesson in piano). This instruction takes place in a group setting, with eight keyboard stations and one master station.  Students will be introduced to elementary keyboard technique and simple piano pieces.


Keyboard Literature


This class will offer an introductory survey of the history of keyboard music and will include seminal works from the Renaissance to the 21st century. We will study these works for their stylistic and formal properties and will also discuss their social context and performance practices. The course will feature frequent in-class performances by guests, the instructor, and possibly some of the class members. Reading knowledge of music is required, and some theory background would be helpful.