Larry Livingston Portrait PhotoLarry Livingston is known as a distinguished conductor, educator,administrator, and a motivational speaker. The founding Music Director of the Illinois Chamber Orchestra, Livingston has appeared with the Houston Symphony and in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series.  He has conducted at the Festival de Musique in Evian, France, and has led the Stockholm Wind Orchestra, as well as the Leopoldinum Chamber, Chopin Academy, and Wroclaw Academy Orchestras in Poland. He served as Music Director of the Pan Pacific Festival Orchestras in Sydney, participated as a performer and clinician at the International Jazz Festival in Rome, and conducted an electro-acoustic ensemble in concerts in Tokyo under the auspices of Yamaha International.  Mr. Livingston has led the American Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra, the USC Thornton Chamber and Symphony Orchestras in Los Angeles and the USC Thornton Contemporary Music Ensemble in Berlin. In 2001, he served on the jury for the renowned Besancon International Conducting Competition in Besancon, France.
Mr. Livingston frequently appears with professional, festival, collegiate, and all-state wind ensembles, bands and orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. From 1983 to 2002, he served as a conductor in the University of Michigan All-State Program at Interlochen, and has been the Conductor of the Festival Orchestra at Idyllwild Arts since 1989.  From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Livingston regularly toured Germany and Slovakia with the Internationale Junge Orchesterakademie. During the 2004-2005, Mr. Livingston toured with the famed Landes Jugend Orchester, served as clinician and guest conductor at the College Band Directors National Conference in Alice Tully Hall, led the New Mexico All-State Orchestra, and the USC Thornton School Symphony. In the 2005-2006 season, he appeared with the George Enescu Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania, the Katowice Academy Orchestra in Poland, the Oregon All State Orchestra, and served as clinician for the University of Northern Colorado Conducting Symposium.  In addition, he conducted the Thornton Symphony Orchestra with guest soloist, Itzhak Perlman, and the Thornton Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Livingston earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan and completed Ph.D. coursework in theoretical studies at the University of California, San Diego. He studied conducting and interpretation with Laurence Livingston, Elizabeth Green, William Revelli, Keith Humble, Rafael Druian, and Herbert Zipper. From 1977 to 1982, Mr. Livingston served as Vice President and Music Director of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he was also Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra and Contemporary Music Ensemble. Subsequently, he became Dean of the Shepherd School of Music and Elma Schneider Professor of Music (Conducting) at Rice University in Houston. From 1986 until 2002, Mr. Livingston served as Dean of the USC Flora L. Thornton School of Music, where he is Chair of the Conducting Department, and Music Director of Thornton School Orchestras.  As a motivational speaker, he has established a national reputation for inspiring presentations to corporate and business leaders across the United States.  Since 2002, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Guitar Center, the world’s largest retail music store chain.

Biographical Source: Thornton School of Music-Faculty Profiles-Larry J. Livingston (Accessed 12 November 2008)

Physical description

The Larry Livingston collection contains.5 lin. ft. or half of a record carton. The collection consists of paper records only, organized into eighty-one folders.


This collection was generated by Larry Livingston during his tenure at NEC as Assistant to the President and Vice President.  These materials had been kept in storage until they were transferred to the Archives in 2004.


Access to the Larry Livingston Collection is granted by the Archivist or Director of Libraries.  Appointments must be scheduled in advance. There may be some restrictions on this collection, primarily with regards to the faculty files. Issues concerning access will be addressed on a case by case basis.


All copyrights to this collection belong to the New England Conservatory. Permission to publish materials from this collection is granted by the Director of Libraries. This collection should be cited as: Larry J. Livingston Collection in the Archives New England Conservatory, Boston.