Who We Are
THE LONG ISLAND CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC (LICM) consists of internationally trained faculty members who have obtained their Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from world-renowned institutions. LICM has become one of the most professionally developed performing music schools on Long Island. With our small but distinguished student body and intimate class size, LICM greatly enhances each student’s individual creativity. We guide and instruct students on a personal level so that they can reach their highest potential. Each year, we select several outstanding students to participate in prestigious music festivals, where the most talented young musicians from around the world perform and compete. In addition, we are in the process of organizing various international music competitions designed to offer our students the opportunity to broaden their perspectives and compete at the highest level. LICM’s ultimate responsibility and goal are to foster the finest young professionals who will be recognized wherever they perform as musicians.
The Long Island Conservatory of Music creates a music-based program of education and performance that motivates and empowers students in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. Every student will be challenged to take part, learn, grow, and accomplish academic, social, and vocational goals. Its graduates will be instilled with the integrity, knowledge, and intellectual maturity to become leaders. LICM provides a unique educational focus that emphasizes performance skills, enabling our students to participate in the community arena as mature citizens. LICM is dedicated to the individual.
In March of 1992, Long Island Conservatory (LIC) was founded in Albertson, New York. LIC was established on the founding principle that every child should have access to equal opportunities and quality education. LIC recognizes that education is a central factor for upward mobility in our society and has consistently sought to create and establish impactful youth leaders through its numerous youth development programs. Throughout the years, LIC has expanded its reach in the educational classes provided with a continued commitment to youth development. LIC also strives to provide educational opportunities to all students regardless of their ability to pay.
Located in Albertson, New York and founded in 1992, Long Island Conservatory is an independent, coeducational institution comprising pre-college and post-secondary programs, plus the LISMA School of Music, School of Art, School of Dance, and LIC/LISMA Language Centers.
With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Long Island Conservatory has consistently sought to create and establish impactful youth leaders through its numerous youth development programs. Throughout the years, LIC has expanded its reach in the educational classes provided with a continued commitment to exceptional youth development.
Long Island Conservatory's vibrant, diverse community consists of about 1,000 pre-college students, and more than 5,000 post-secondary students, and over 100 faculty members. Long Island Conservatory students come from more than 75 countries and the school is constantly looking for more ways to increase student body diversity.
Students can pursue courses of study in more than 50 subject areas, ranging from Violin Performance and Fusion Jazz Dance to Bioinformatics and Coding. The broad scope of options varies from interdisciplinary opportunities in the Arts through the Schools of Music, Art, and Dance, to an Intensive Post-Secondary English Program offered through the LIC/LISMA Language Center.
Additional programs include the LISMA Summer Camp offered by the Schools of Music, Art, and Dance, the LIC Academic Summer Camp for students who want to improve their grades over the summer, and other Pre-College Programs that are offered year-round to children as young as 5 and up to 18 years of age.
Long Island Conservatory is recognized for its internationally awarded pre-college research program, music conservatory, art and dance programs, many cultural events, active community service programs, highly competitive academics, and beautiful facilities located in the vibrant, welcoming town of Albertson, New York.
Post-secondary students at Long Island Conservatory can pursue the two-year Artist Diploma (AD) or four-year Conservatory Diploma (CD) tracks for musical performance through the School of Music with dedicated music faculty.
The School of Music is integrated with the Pre-College to allow pre-college students to receive mentorship and lessons from renowned music faculty throughout the academic year and summer. To see a list of all of our Pre-College Programs, click here.
Other pre-college programs include the LISMA Summer Camp for Music, Art, and Dance, and the LIC Academic Summer Camp, which are 1- to 6-week long programs offered each summer through the:
School of Music
School of Art
School of Dance
College Guidance and Career Development Center
Long Island Conservatory is also the proud host of the internationally acclaimed annual LISMA International Music Competition, as well as the historical New York Youth Concert series which takes place at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Long Island Conservatory is a certified President's Volunteer Service Award Organization in New York State. Students who are passionate about public service turn to Long Island Conservatory to share their talents and learn about more ways they can take constructive action locally in their communities. To learn more about giving back and volunteering at Long Island Conservatory, click here.
The School of Dance is the proud home of the LISMA J-Dance Team, which is known for its dedication to community service and the spirit of making the world more vibrant and beautiful through dance.
College Guidance and Career Development Center:
Long Island Conservatory's College Guidance and Career Development Center help students of all ages from all backgrounds plan for futures that make productive use of their academic achievements. Post-secondary students receive counseling that fits their academic and career goals. Job placement and internship assistance are also provided. Particular attention is given to promising middle school and high school students who want a competitive edge when applying to college.
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High School Students
Middle School Students
Post-Secondary Students and Career Development
The LIC Academic Summer Camp is a 6-week long program offered each summer through Long Island Conservatory's College Guidance and Career Development Center and is designed to help students improve their grades over the summer. Our courses are designed to help students of all ages head back to school better prepared in the fall.
Youth Development Programs:
Long Island Conservatory continues to set new goals for distinction in education and community service with a continued commitment to youth development.
Guided by its mission and founding principle that every child should have access to equal opportunities and quality education, Long Island Conservatory recognizes that education is a central factor for upward mobility in our society and has consistently sought to create and establish impactful youth leaders through its numerous youth development programs. Long Island Conservatory also strives to provide educational opportunities to all students regardless of their ability to pay.
The development of the HHH (Help, Healing, Hope) Program and the launch of the HHH Summer Camp Program for at-risk youth in July 2019 are direct results of these efforts. Children who are admitted through the HHH Program must demonstrate at least one of the needs as outlined in the HHH Program eligibility requirements. Students enrolled through the HHH Program can choose from over 50 educational programs of study, and enjoy access to all of our resources, faculty, and beautiful facilities.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
Long Island Conservatory is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, religious beliefs, color, gender, physical disability, mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, sexual orientation, source of income, or family status.
Long Island School of Music and Arts (LISMA) was first established in March of 1992 with only eight classrooms in the 3,000 sq. ft building, located on 182 Hillside Ave. Williston Park, Long Island, New York. The school’s constant effort to achieve a higher level of music education leads to an expanding number of students and activities and LISMA decided to move to the current location of 12,000 sq. ft. on 1125 Willis Ave in Albertson, New York, and changed its name to Long Island Conservatory of Music (LICM). In 2005, LICM expanded once again adding an additional 3,500 feet, encompassing a 150-seat concert facility; Albert Hall, a library, additional practice rooms, and a lunch area. Since its foundation in 1992, LICM continues to grow into one of the leading institutions of music in the New York Metropolitan area, and one of the most established and successful music schools in Nassau County. Its faculty members are outstanding musicians who have obtained their Master and Doctoral degrees from prominent institutions such as The Juilliard School, Yale University, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, Moscow Conservatory, and St. Petersburg Conservatory. Students who have studied at the school have gone on to pursue their music education at renowned institutions in the area such as The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes College, and have participated in competitions such as Young Artist Music Competition, LI International Violin Competition, NJ Symphony Competition, Diploma of Sarasate International Violin Competition, Pamplona, Spain; Shostakovich Violin Competition, Shanghai, China, and the YWCA Competition. LICM’s mission is to prepare performers for the future. The faculty consists of internationally trained performers, composers, scholars, and educators, who not only take pride in providing the best instruction available but also strive to tailor a program that is the most suitable for each individual student. LICM’s small class sizes provide a high level of attention provided to each individual student. This environment not only helps to nurture creativity but also helps to mentally support each young musician on all levels.
LICM provides a variety of opportunities to its students to perform off-campus since it is through these actual experiences that students achieve the skills necessary for their careers. LICM presents regular concerts at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Grand Hall, Russia; Opera House, St. Petersburg, Russia; Maguire Hall, Old Westbury Garden, The Museum of Modern Art, Eisenhower Park, Steinway Hall and also local nursing homes and libraries in the area. These concerts consequently help enrich the cultural community in Nassau County and neighboring areas. Since 2004, LICM has sponsored an International Music Competition, providing students with the opportunity to meet musicians from all over the world. It is a time where young musicians can communicate their musical ideas and stimulate each other thus enhancing their creativity. The winners of the competition are presented annually at The Theodore Roosevelt Executive Building in Mineola. The conservatory’s music education has always been backed up by a number of significant events that took place outside the classroom. The first LISMA Summer Music Camp was held in Moscow, Gynesins in 1994. The program consisted of lesson and practice time, as well as offering the participants the opportunity to observe the Tchaikovsky Competition held at the Moscow State Conservatory.
The competition afforded students with an unforgettable chance to see musicians, of the highest level, and from all over the world, perform.
The second camp took place at Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary in 1995, the third at the Prague Czechoslovakia Conservatory in Prague in 1996, the fourth at Gubblo Music Festival in Italy in 1997, and the fifth in Beijing, China in 1998. LICM has also organized The New York Youth Concert, annually for its students, and has also arranged an annual student concert with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006 and 2008. This series has helped establish the students’ confidence in their performance skills as well as has helped enhance their understanding of music. Performances have been held at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and at the C.W. Post Concert Hall. The Long Island Conservatory of Music creates a music-based program of education and performance that motivates and empowers students in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. Every student will be challenged to take part, learn, grow, and accomplish academic, social, and vocational goals. Its graduates will be instilled with the integrity, knowledge, and intellectual maturity to become leaders. LICM provides a unique educational focus that emphasizes performance skills, enabling our students to participate in the community arena as mature citizens. LICM is dedicated to the individual.