Director, Longy Master of Arts in Teaching Program
Elsje Kibler-Vermaas, a pianist and a graduate of the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands, joined Longy School of Music of Bard College in 2011. Elsje oversees the Master of Arts in Teaching program that was launched in 2013 by Bard College, Longy School of Music and the LA Phil who together form Take a Stand, an innovative national initiative that supports social change through music. Prior to Bard, she served as the Director of Community Engagement and Education with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. While there, she founded CityMusic, an El Sistema inspired orchestra program in partnership with Hartford Public Schools. Elsje has also worked abroad as a consultant with the Concertgebouw Education Department in Amsterdam, Netherlands and served as the LA Phil’s manager of school programs. Other positions she has held include education department coordinator at the J. Paul Getty Museum and assistant director at Young Artists International in Los Angeles.